Save Ringwood State Park!  Don’t let Ford Motor Company use it as a toxic landfill!
  • Petitioned Judith Enck

This petition was delivered to:

USEPA Region 2 Administrator
Judith Enck
USEPA Region 2 Superfund Chief
Walter Mugdan
USEPA Administrator
Lisa Jackson
Commissioner
Bob Martin
Ford Motor Company Manager, Worldwide Environmental Support
Glen Logan
Ford Motor Company Director of Environmental Quality
Andy Hobbs
New Jersey Governor
President of the United States
New Jersey-012
State Sen. Samuel Thompson

Save Ringwood State Park! Don’t let Ford Motor Company use it as a toxic landfill!

    1. Petition by

      Edison Wetlands Association

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August 2011

Victory

The decades-long campaign to completely clean up New Jersey's Ringwood State Park recently took an important leap forward—thanks in large part to support from more than 70,000 petition signers on the Edison Wetlands Association's campaign on Change.org.

After Ramapough tribe members dramatically delivered this petition to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and Ford Motor Company at a packed community meeting, New Jersey officials issued a statement assuring residents property transfer talks with Ford are indefinitely off the table.

The USEPA is currently considering seven options for site clean-up, ranging from doing nothing to  the more controversial option of capping affected areas to completely removing the toxic materials. Keeping this land in public hands is integral to the future health of the communities near this park. 

Now, Edison Wetlands Association, the New Jersey nonprofit leading this campaign, is continuing its work to push for a fully restored Ringwood State Park and complete remediation of Ringwood Superfund Site. Please continue to support their important work to remove the toxic waste from the park by signing their new petition to the USEPA.

Save historic Ringwood State Park! Don’t let the government give it away to a notorious polluter!

Tell our elected officials and the United States Environmental Protection Agency to require Ford Motor Company to clean up and restore this beloved jewel of the New Jersey State Park system, ensuring it remains as beautiful parkland - and not to a toxic waste landfill threatening the health and safety of the disadvantaged Ramapough Mountain Indian Tribe.

For background, as part of the cleanup of the Ringwood Mines/Landfill Superfund Site in Ringwood, New Jersey, the polluter, Ford Motor Company, is trying to take back State parkland so they can use it as a toxic dump for their poisonous sludge and drums of leaking chemicals. Ringwood State Park and the neighboring Ramapough Mountain Indian Tribe homeland is dotted with former iron mines that once provided iron used in the construction of the United States Capitol Dome and the George Washington Bridge going into New York City. Yet recent testing shows these abandoned mines are leaking, and that the cancer-causing witches brew of toxic sludge and benzene could potentially impact the water supply for over 1 to 2 million people in this watershed!

Unfortunately, Ford has been secretly lobbying behind closed doors with the state and federal governments to allow them to take this historic area so they can continue to use it for toxic waste disposal and long-term containment. The goal of this, of course, is to save this global polluter millions of dollars, with scarcely a concern for its impact on the environment and public health.

This land belongs to the public! Don’t let them take our land away! Tell our government to REQUIRE Ford to remediate and restore it completely so we can enjoy a safe and healthy State parkland once again!

For more info on this fight, visit: www.RingwoodSuperfundSite.org and www.ToxicLegacy.com

Recent signatures

    News

    1. State declines Ford request to claim Ringwood park land

      "The decision by the State of New Jersey to postpone indefinitely any transfer of land in Ringwood State Park to Ford Motor Company is testament to the nearly 70,000 Americans who took a stand through Change.org..."

    2. Toxic: Documentary Chronicles Battle Between Ramapough Lenape and EPA

      "Mann v. Ford" first aired on HBO on July 18, and will be available on HBO On Demand for a few weeks. Days after that premiere, Redford discussed the documentary with Indian Country Today Media Network via e-mail.

    3. Tire Business: N.J. won’t let Ford take over section of park

      DEARBORN, Mich. (Aug. 25, 2011) —Ford Motor Co.’s plan to gain a section of Ringwood State Park in New Jersey where it dumped toxic waste is off the table, state officials announced Aug. 24 during a hearing at the Ringwood Library.

    4. Toxic Legacy: Ringwood residents demand full cleanup of Superfund sitep

      "At a packed and emotional meeting Tuesday night, federal environmental officials outlined cleanup options for one of the most toxic areas at the Ringwood Superfund site, including an unpopular proposal to cap the contamination in place."

    5. Ford faces the music over pollution claims

      Ford Motor Co. and the Environmental Protection Agency will meet with community leaders in New Jersey today to review the 70,000 signatures on petitions that demand Ford and the EPA do something to remediate the toxic mess dumped by Ford into a park.

    6. NorthJersey.com: Ringwood petition snags more than 65,000 signatures

      More than 65,000 people joined a viral campaign calling upon the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and state legislators to clean up toxic waste left by Ford Motor Company in Ringwood State Park.

    7. Toxic Legacy: Making a Wasteland: Ford, the Feds, the Mob

      In 2005, a team of reporters from "The Record" spent months conducting an investigation of the failed cleanups and documenting its impact on the people living amid the waste. Read the award-winning series of stories.

    8. Ford asks to buy old dumping ground

      From the article: "Transferring the property to Ford is "not something the DEP is considering," Larry Hajna, a Department of Environmental Protection spokesman, said.

    9. Detriot News: 65K sign petition seeking Ford clean up sludge site in N.J.

      "This campaign has really struck a chord with people," says Corinne Ball, Director of Organizing at Change.org. The agency could decide Ford need not take any further action or demand full removal of any remaining waste.

    10. 65,000 people sign petition calling on feds to order clean up of Ringwood S

      The petition drive comes just before the Environmental Protection Agency makes a decision on the future of the park, according to Change.org and Edison Wetlands Association.

    11. One Week Until the EPA Proposal

      The Environmental Protection Agency will release their proposal for cleanup in just one week. Be sure to sign and share this petition to make sure your voice is heard!

    12. More Ways to Help the Campaign to Save Ringwood Park

      Read the new guest post by David Wheeler, author of "Wild New Jersey: Nature Adventures in the Garden State."

    13. Battle for Ringwood State Park Nearing Full Cleanup

      by David Wheeler, author of Wild New Jersey: Nature Adventures in the Garden State.
      When a state park is established, most of us rightfully assume that preservation will last forever. But in Ringwood, New Jersey, a...

    14. Watch the HBO Documentary "Mann v. Ford"

      If you can, be sure to catch the HBO documentary "Mann v. Ford," currently available On Demand, about the Ramapough community's long struggle with Ford Motor Company.

    15. Reached 50,000 signatures
    16. Petition drive targets Ford Motor Company

      Here's a letter to the editor published yesterday by Joanne Atlas urging everyone to take action to cleanup this community & sign our petition!

      We've surpassed 12,000 signatures in the last few hours!!

      Thank you for all of your support! :)

    17. Reached 10,000 signatures
    18. Petition circulates to stop Ford

      We've reached 1,000 signatures and are making headlines. Thank you to everyone who has signed this petition and please continue passing it along!

    19. Reached 1,000 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Janusz Chytla KEARNY, NJ
      • about 3 years ago

      i go hiking in the area very often and its a great area for exotic mushroom picking especially during wet seasons. But with all the toxins in the area i stopped picking mushrooms there and stopped taking my dog there after he mysteriously got sick. Big business only cares about money not the lives and health of the people they sell products to.

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    • Julia Sbragia HENDERSON, NV
      • about 3 years ago

      I believe it is of the highest importance that we force Ford Motor Comapany to be held fully responsible for their actions and misstreatment of this land and these people

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    • LINDA AUGUSTINE COVINGTON, TN
      • about 3 years ago

      PLEASE PROTECT THIS BEAUTIFUL PIECE OF RAMAPOUGH MOUNTAIN TRIBE HERITAGE.

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    • jeanne shaw CROTON ON HUDSON, NY
      • about 3 years ago

      Any company that produces toxic waste should either find non toxic alternatives or be responsible for storing and living with the toxic waste. Public land, or any land owned/used by any people must not be available for any kind of dumping.

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    • matija garasic BARCELONA, ID
      • about 3 years ago

      is there a reason!?

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