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Negotiations between the federal government and DuPont reach stalemate in Pompton Lakes

by Admin - April 4th, 2014

Negotiations between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and DuPont have reached a stalemate.

EPA spokesperson Pat Seppi said she received an email from the EPA’s attorney during the federal agency’s March 19 public information session on the plans to clean up an area of contamination in the borough known as The Plume.

The email, Seppi said, announced that negotiations between the EPA and DuPont have failed.

 

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The Record – Pompton Lake talks stall as DuPont, EPA disagree

by Admin - April 4th, 2014

How much contaminated sediment will be removed from Pompton Lake is now in the hands of a federal review board after talks between DuPont and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency broke down this week, both parties said Friday.

EPA officials had hoped they could persuade the chemical giant to expand the proposed cleanup of the contaminated lake from 26 acres to 40 acres and also remediate a variety of “hot spots” of mercury contamination. But DuPont pulled out of negotiations this week.

“We are disappointed,” said Bonnie Bellow, an EPA spokeswoman. “We had hoped to reach a mutual agreement.”

 

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Seeking Superfund cleanup designation in Pompton Lakes

by Admin - April 4th, 2014

Seeking Superfund cleanup designation

Dear Editor:

We would like to extend our sincere appreciation to Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen for meeting with us in his office on Jan. 23, 2014. While we do believe the congressman does understand how critical the DuPont Pompton Lakes Works site contamination is to our environment as well as the long health, safety and overall well-being effect it has on the residents living in over 500 residential homes and to our community as a whole, we brought critical information forward to him to shed some light on some other imperative factors that are directly related to this toxic issue.

A variety of concerns were addressed with Congressman Frelinghuysen during our meeting, which included our over 30-year wait for a designation to the Federal Superfund Programs’ National Priority List (NPL) and our plume neighborhoods’ dramatic decline of real-estate property values.

 

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Pompton Lakes Toxicity Affecting Homeowners

by Admin - April 4th, 2014

A group of residents in Pompton Lakes are conducting an independent property value survey of local homes because they say that the toxic legacy of DuPont and the contamination “plume” that has affected 540 residences, has devastated their health and the value of their homes.

Lisa Riggiola is championing the survey. She had a stack of envelopes all labeled “return to sender” and her goal was to drive to all the homes where the mailed surveys were returned.

 

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Pompton Lakes citizens’ group trying to get property value protection plan for Plume residents

by Admin - March 4th, 2014

The local group “Citizens for a Clean Pompton Lakes” (CCPL) is looking to get homeowners in The Plume some help in the way of a property value protection plan.

CCPL is conducting a survey in partnership with the Pompton Lakes Community Advisory Group to gather information to try move forward with achieving a property value protection plan.

During an interview on Jan. 17 with Suburban Trends, CCPL founder Lisa Riggiola said 520 surveys were mailed out on Feb. 6 to every property owner impacted by the contamination that was created when DuPont operated a munitions factory in the borough from 1902 to 1994, which left heavy metals and chlorinated solvents in the soil and groundwater and in the sediment of the local streams and rivers.

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Pompton Lakes Toxins – Chasing New Jersey (T. Laine)

by Admin - March 4th, 2014

Pompton Lakes, New Jersey (My9NJ) – The value of some homes in Pompton Lakes, New Jersey has plummeting over the last eight-years due to toxins in the area.

The location known as the DuPont Plume area has been designated by the EPA as toxic and apparently contaminated by PCE’s and TCE’s which are cancer causing agents, in both the soil and waterways.

Angry residents and members of the Citizens for a Clean Pompton Lakes group gathered to talk about what this means not only for the property value of their homes, but also their health.

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Pompton Lakes Plume residents ask for more help

by Admin - February 11th, 2014

Some Plume area residents have pleaded with the Borough Council to provide more support.

At the Dec. 11 meeting, several residents approached the governing body with concerns over the proposed project to flush out chlorinated solvents from the groundwater.

This project is one of several DuPont is working on to clean up the neighborhood it contaminated with lead, mercury, chlorinated solvents, and other contaminants when it operated a munitions factory in the borough from 1902 to 1994.

 

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NorthJersey.com: EPA to perform contamination tests in Pompton Lakes school

by Admin - February 11th, 2014

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will test for volatile organic compounds in the ground at Lakeside School and the Board of Education office building during the upcoming winter break.

Among the Board of Education’s properties, Lakeside School is the closest to the area of contamination in the borough known as the Plume.

The Plume was contaminated by DuPont when it operated a munitions factory in the borough from 1902 to 1994. The factory polluted the sediment in local streams with lead, mercury, and other metals. It also tainted the groundwater beneath more than 400 homes with chlorinated solvents that have been vaporizing into the properties above.

 

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NorthJersey.com: EPA to test Pompton Lakes school for toxic vapors

by Admin - December 5th, 2013

Lakeside Middle School will be tested over the holiday break to see if toxic vapors are seeping into the building from contaminated groundwater that has spread under a nearby neighborhood from a defunct DuPont munitions plant, federal officials said Wednesday.

There is no indication that vapors have made their way into Lakeside, which has about 400 students. The indoor tests are being done as a precaution at the request of a community group that advises the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on the investigation and cleanup of one of North Jersey’s largest toxic sites.

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News12: Pompton Lakes parents’ concern over contamination spurs air testing at Lakeside Middle School

by Admin - December 5th, 2013

POMPTON LAKES – Officials will test the air near a Pompton Lakes school after years of cancer-causing toxins contaminating groundwater and soil in the area.

Parents have worried about the health of students at Lakeside Middle School.

The Pompton Lakes Advisory Group asked the EPA to test the school’s air quality, even though the property sits outside the plume. “Our safety concern is children are being exposed and as they grow older, they come up with diseases and don’t know why they have them,” says Joe Intintola, of the Pompton Lakes Advisory Group.