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  • Petitioning Judith Enck

This petition will be delivered to:

USEPA Region 2 Administrator
Judith Enck
USEPA Region 2 Superfund Branch Chief
John LaPadula
Barack Obama
USEPA Region 2 Superfund Director
Walter Mugdan
USEPA Deputy Administrator
Bob Perciasepe
USEPA Administrator
Gina McCarthy
New Jersey Governor
President of the United States
New Jersey State House
New Jersey State Senate
U.S. Senate
U.S. House of Representatives
New Jersey
Gov. Chris Christie
New Jersey-040
State Sen. Kevin O'Toole
New Jersey-040B
State Rep. Scott Rumana
New Jersey-040A
State Rep. David Russo
New Jersey
Sen. Robert Menendez
New Jersey
Sen. Cory Booker
New Jersey-11
Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen

Stop DuPont Chemical from Poisoning New Jersey Families

    1. Lisa Riggiola
    2. Petition by

      Lisa Riggiola

      Pompton Lakes, NJ

From 1902 to 1994, the DuPont Chemical company dumped chemicals into New Jersey’s Pompton Lakes. While the company abandoned the explosives site years ago, it has yet to clean up the mess it left behind. The closed work site is still owned by DuPont.

For decades, families like mine have been suffering from the toxic pollution left in Pompton Lakes, New Jersey by DuPont Chemical. Hundreds of families suffer from poisonous gases in the soil that migrate up into our basements. The air we breathe inside our homes is filled with cancer-causing TCE, and the full extent of all this pollution in our community is still not fully understood.

DuPont Chemical, the company responsible for this pollution, has had years to clean up their mess--but they have failed. It's time the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) declare Pompton Lakes a Superfund site and take over the clean-up once and for all.

Two years ago, the New Jersey Department of Human Health and Senior Services released a shocking report with the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. It found a "significantly elevated" cancer rate in the region potentially linked to contamination from the Pompton Lakes DuPont explosives site. DuPont Chemical has proposed a five-year cleanup plan--but that plan will not make our community safe.

DuPont's plan does not address the high levels of mercury, lead, and other toxic chemicals that they left in our creeks and lakes.

It’s clear that DuPont doesn’t care about the Pompton Lakes community, so it’s up to the USEPA to take a stand and protect our health. The USEPA must list this site on the federal Superfund National Priorities list. Cleanup cannot be left in the hands of DuPont Chemical.

Recent signatures


    1. Environmental group and officials clash over Pompton Lakes cleanup

      Lisa Riggiola
      Petition Organizer
      Environmental group and officials clash over Pompton Lakes cleanup

      Despite resistance from municipal officials, a local environmental group continues to push the Borough Council to support its position and oppose DuPont's request to modify the action levels of its contamination cleanup plan. In 2013, DuPont requested a change in the action levels of the cleanup plan to be in line with the less stringent national levels.

    2. DuPont danger was hidden away

      Lisa Riggiola
      Petition Organizer
      DuPont danger was hidden away

      When John Sinsimer made his long-shot bid in 1987 to become Pompton Lakes' first Democratic mayor in 20 years, he won by promising to address an infestation of starlings and limit development. He never mentioned a far more dire issue: contamination at a DuPont explosives plant and the fact that groundwater laced with toxic solvents was spreading under a nearby neighborhood.

    3. Pompton Lakes citizens group blast EPA over DuPont site

      Lisa Riggiola
      Petition Organizer

      Pompton Lakes citizens group blasts EPA over DuPont site

      Pompton Lakes citizens group blasts EPA over DuPont site

      The continued talks between DuPont and federal and state environmental officials to modify the work plan for the company's local contamination site has upset the local group the Citizens for a Clean Pompton Lakes (CCPL). In May, the local Community Advisory Group (CAG) sent a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region II Administrator Judith Enck requesting that the work plan not be modified.

    4. Pompton Lakes writes to EPA over cleanup

      Lisa Riggiola
      Petition Organizer

      Pompton Lakes writes to EPA over cleanup

      On May 7, the Pompton Lakes Community Advisory Group sent a letter to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 2 Administrator Judith Enck to request that the screening levels at the DuPont contamination site not be changed. This site was contaminated when DuPont operated a munitions factory in the borough from 1902 to 1994.

    5. DuPont Handout to BOE in Pompton Lakes? How does help clean up our town?

      Lisa Riggiola
      Petition Organizer

      Pompton Lakes school superintendent gets salary bonus

      The Board of Education awarded Superintendent of Schools Dr. Paul Amoroso with over $9,000 in merit bonuses at its June 3 meeting. On Oct. 8, 2013, the board established five goals for the superintendent to meet during the 2013-14 academic year in order to get five individual salary bonuses.

    6. EPA pressed to take the side of Pompton Lakes residents

      Lisa Riggiola
      Petition Organizer

      EPA pressed to take the side of Pompton Lakes residents

      EPA pressed to take careful steps Dear Editor: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) holds the future of approximately one-third of our Pompton Lakes community in its hands. Unfortunately, DuPont has requested to increase the contaminant standards originally approved in their 2008 Vapor Interim Remedial Measure Work Plan.

    7. Wolfe Notes - Great Expectations Dashed by DuPont

      Lisa Riggiola
      Petition Organizer

      WolfeNotes.com " Dear Judy .... Great Expectations Dashed by Dupont

      6. And if you remain unwilling to assume 100% EPA cleanup control via Superfund designation OR pull the RCRA enforcement trigger, would you at least consider assumption of ALL site wide cleanup oversight under RCRA Corrective Action, given that the State of NJ has not been delegated the RCRRA Corrective Action Program by EPA, 30 years AFTER Congress passed the HSWA to RCRA?

    8. Love Canal activist urges to 'Get in Christie's face' (note:Pompton Lakes)

      Lisa Riggiola
      Petition Organizer
      Love Canal activist urges Roxbury to 'Get in Christie's face'

      Nobel Prize-nominated environmental activist Lois Gibbs ripped Gov. Chris Christie for his handling of the toxic mess at Fenimore Landfill, telling a group of residents Wednesday she's never seen anything like it.

    9. Toxic Without Shock

      Lisa Riggiola
      Petition Organizer

      My Word - May 14, 2014: Toxic without the shock

      Some blame the management, some the employees, and everybody knows it's the industrial disease. - Mark Knopfler We're still number one! New Jersey, that is, continues to hold the title for most Superfund sites in the country, and not just by a nose.

    10. The Record: Pompton delay

      Lisa Riggiola
      Petition Organizer
      Pompton delay

      SOMETIMES IT seems that whenever there is an environmental remediation under negotiation for an old factory site or polluted body of water, the very last people who are considered in the equation are the people who actually live near the site. Sadly, that is the case once again, this time regarding the cleanup of contaminated sediment in Pompton Lake.

    11. DuPont cleanup of Pompton Lake sediment delayed

      Lisa Riggiola
      Petition Organizer
      DuPont cleanup of Pompton Lake sediment delayed

      A long-awaited cleanup of contaminated sediment in Pompton Lake faces new delays because the federal government has withdrawn a cleanup plan that would have required DuPont to remove sediment in the lake and at hot spots along the Ramapo River.

    12. The Star-Ledger - N.J. will not study cancer cases in Pompton Lakes

      Lisa Riggiola
      Petition Organizer
      N.J. will not study cancer cases in Pompton Lakes, report says

      POMPTON LAKES - Health officials will not study whether there is a definite link between toxicity in the groundwater below a certain neighborhood in Pompton Lakes and a higher number of reported cancer cases from residents who live there, according to a report on NorthJersey.com.

    13. Negotiations between the federal government & DuPont reach stalemate

      Lisa Riggiola
      Petition Organizer

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

      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.


    Reasons for signing

    • Suzanna McMahan RIDGELAND, MS
      • 1 day ago

      “Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children's children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.”

      ― Theodore Roosevelt

    • Doreen Carone SOUTH RIVER, NJ
      • about 1 month ago

      Because this affects all of us!

    • Rahim Fazal SAYREVILLE, NJ
      • about 1 month ago

      My older brother had brain cancer and I now have cancer.

    • Kathryn Null ROANOKE, VA
      • about 1 month ago

      Stop allowing poisons into our waterways and environment.

    • Marian Juskiw WINNIPEG, MB., CANADA
      • about 1 month ago

      Stop DuPont chemicals from poisoning communities...clean up your mess you leave behind.


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