Stop the off-site discharge of toxic pesticides into NJ’s Dismal Swamp!
  • Petitioned Mayor Ricigliano

This petition was delivered to:

Mayor of Edison
Mayor Ricigliano
Mayor of South Plainfield
Mayor Anesh
RCRA Senior Enforcement Team Leader
Phil Flax
NJDEP Case Manager
Sharon Bruder
NJDEP Commissioner
Bob Martin
Edison Council President
Robert Diehl
South Plainfield Council President
Raymond Rusnak
Chevron Project Manager
Carla Baker
Administrator for EPA's Region 2
Judith Enck
New Jersey-018
State Sen. Peter Barnes
New Jersey-018B
State Rep. Patrick Diegnan
New Jersey-018A
State Rep. Nancy Pinkin

Stop the off-site discharge of toxic pesticides into NJ’s Dismal Swamp!

    1. Petition by

      Edison Wetlands Association

Chevron – a billion dollar oil and chemical manufacturing company, is the responsible party for contaminating the property that is located in the last remaining natural area in New Jersey’s densely populated Northern Middlesex County region – the 1,250 acre Dismal Swamp Conservation Area.

Chevron recently acquired the adjacent “Abramson” property, which is also contaminated with chemicals that are discharging into the surface water of the streams that discharge onto the property and into the Dismal Swamp. This beautiful wildlife and wetland refuge is abundant with amphibians and reptiles, and therefore must be cleaned up and fully restored immediately. Chevron is looking to undermine this cleanup by fencing in the entire property as their remediation “engineering control,” without conducting a proper cleanup of chemicals in the conservation area. They claim they are using the fence to control illegal dumping and trespassing, but after further research and public records requests we discovered they are only telling half of the story.

Known as the “Everglades of Central Jersey,” the 1,250-acre Dismal Swamp is serves as a natural oasis holding USEPA Federal Priority Wetlands and home to over 175 species of birds, and two dozen species of mammals, amphibians and reptiles, as well as a dozen threatened and endangered species, such as the American bittern, bald eagle, and spotted turtle. The “Diz” also provides natural flood control, while its forests produce oxygen, and its wetlands clean and purify water.

Please tell the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and Chevron that this is unacceptable! Tell them to stop the discharge and clean up this unique area to protect mammals, insects, amphibians, birds, and reptiles so they are no longer threatened by this toxic waste! Tell them a fence is not a cleanup! Please restore this land so families can recreate on this land once again!

Recent signatures


    1. Residents, developer to face off over Dismal Swamp amendment

      "During Hurricane Irene this summer, New York Boulevard on the township border with South Plainfield was deluged with more than 3 feet of water, the most since the remnants of Hurricane Floyd in 1999, residents said.

      Surrounded by a toxic-waste site owned by Chevron and a Superfund site laced with carcinogenic PCBs, homeowners on New York Boulevard said they fear their land was contaminated by hurricane floodwaters. Further development, along with potential debris collected in a chain-link fence that Chevron plans to build behind their properties, will worsen flooding and heighten fears, said Bob Podgurski, a 22-year New York Boulevard resident."

    2. Reached 250 signatures
    3. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • robert podgurski EDISON, NJ
      • about 2 years ago

      My property was contaminated by this

    • Joann Ramos ISELIN, NJ
      • about 2 years ago

      Putting a fence around a problem does not make it go away.

    • d R METUCHEN, NJ
      • about 2 years ago

      we shouldn't be using toxic chemicals at all. we shouldn't have to discharge them anywhere.

    • Paul Sauers HIGHLAND PARK, NJ
      • about 2 years ago

      The Diz, Dismal Swamp, is a natural treasure of critical importance to the region.

    • Sue Franko EDISON, NJ
      • about 2 years ago

      Clean water and environment for health.


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