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.