Stop cancer causing chemicals actively discharging at the Cornell-Dubilier Electronics Superfund Site
  • Petitioning Diego Garcia

This petition will be delivered to:

Remedial Project Manager, EPA Region 2
Diego Garcia
Public Affairs Director, EPA Region 2
Bonnie Bellow
Mayor, South Plainfield
Matthew P. Anesh
Director of the Division of Environmental Planning and Protection, EPA Region 2
Walter Mugdan
Regional Administrator, EPA Region 2
Judith Enck
Section Chief, EPA Region 2
John Prince
Assistance Administrator, Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response
Mathy Stanislaus
Mayor
Brian Wahler
Mayor South Plainfield
Matthew P. Anesh
Council President
Alex Barletta
Councilman
Robert Bengivenga, Jr.
Councilman
Christopher J. "C.J." Diana
Councilman South Plainfield
Raymond Rusnak
Councilman
Derryck C. White (Councilman)
New Jersey-06
Rep. Frank Pallone
New Jersey-12
Rep. Rush Holt
California
Sen. Barbara Boxer
New Jersey
Sen. Cory Booker
New Jersey
Sen. Robert Menendez
New Jersey-018
State Sen. Peter Barnes
New Jersey-018B
State Rep. Patrick Diegnan
New Jersey-018A
State Rep. Nancy Pinkin

Stop cancer causing chemicals actively discharging at the Cornell-Dubilier Electronics Superfund Site

    1. Petition by

      Edison Wetlands Association

The 26-acre Cornell-Dubilier Superfund Site in South Plainfield, New Jersey, is one of the most toxics sites in the United States.  In fact, the contamination from cancer causing polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) capacitors that were once manufactured on this site, continues to migrate into the 10-mile Bound Brook, Spring Lake and New Market Pond. This has resulted in a complete ban by the state and federal health agencies on consumption of even a single fish or living organism. 

This is the only water body in the state where there is a “Do Not Eat Anything” advisory for all species of fish and shellfish in this waterway. However, South Plainfield and Piscataway families still fish and children frequently play in the Bound Brook, Spring Lake, and New Market Pond.

In addition, cancer-causing trichloroethylene (TCE), PCBs and many other chemicals have migrated into the groundwater that flows under hundreds of homes, day care centers, and businesses on the 825 acre toxic groundwater plume.  This groundwater contamination is also seeping into the Bound Brook, but the extent is still undetermined.

The USEPA added the site to the Superfund National Priorities List in 1998, yet little movement has been made since. The site may look better, with the buildings torn down and the soil partially cleaned and capped, but time keeps ticking and because of inaction the situation has become more dangerous. Gases leak into homes. Contaminants leak into the drinking water. Volatile organic compounds vaporize and accumulate in closed areas. This is not something to be trifled with.

United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) just released their “plan” for cleaning up the 825-acre toxic groundwater plume.  Can you believe they are choosing to only “monitor” the contamination instead of proposing a real cleanup remedy that would remove the contamination from under these homes?  They have no intention of actually treating this toxic mess!

Citizens need to demand the USEPA to do a full cleanup of the 10 Mile Bound Brook and 825 acre toxic groundwater plume and to do it now! The USEPA kept this information from the families of South Plainfield, Edison and Piscataway for years.  It’s your turn to stand up for these residents, and tell USEPA to select a remedy that will protect human health and the environment. 

There’s still a chance that USEPA can unndertake an effective remedy if they receive enough public comments demanding a stronger cleanup – but only until September 20th. 

Please sign this petition and tell the USEPA that simply monitoring groundwater contamination does nothing to protect the thousands of families of South Plainfield, Edison, and Piscataway.  Alternative plans that remove volatile organic chemicals and other contaminants from the poisoned groundwater are possible and must be immediately implemented!  

Please share this petition with your friends, family, Facebook, Twitter and anyone who you think will help these suffering residents! We don’t have much time left! Thank you for taking action to protect the families of South Plainfield, Edison, Piscataway and the many other towns along the poisoned 10 mile Bound brook!

Check out www.unitedsuperfundalliance.org for information on this site and others around the country.

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    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • about 12 hours 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

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    • Christopher Cioffi, RN, BA, MSNc SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ
      • 3 months ago

      It is time for the EPA and local officials to step up and do the right thing. If not for this generation, but for generations to come.

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    • Joseph Smith BOUND BROOK, NJ
      • 3 months ago

      This is long overdue & we're tired of BS politics !

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    • valerie schwinn LA MESA, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      Pathetic - do the right thing. It will feel good. Soon there will be no where safe to to live or breathe.

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    • d R METUCHEN, NJ
      • about 2 years ago

      i want my descendants long into the future to enjoy this world as much as i used to. we are, indeed, stewards of the earth and we have not been doing our job.

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