USEPA: Remove the toxic waste from the Everglades of Central Jersey
  • Petitioned Diane Salkie

This petition was delivered to:

USEPA Remedial Project Manager
Diane Salkie
Region 2 Administrator, USEPA
Judith Enck
Director of Superfund, USEPA Region 2
Walter Mugdan
New Jersey-06
Rep. Frank Pallone
New Jersey-12
Rep. Rush Holt
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

USEPA: Remove the toxic waste from the Everglades of Central Jersey

    1. Petition by

      Edison Wetlands Association

Tell USEPA to clean up the leaking PCBS out of the heart of the 1,250-acre Dismal Swamp Conservation Area in South Plainfield, New Jersey!

This last remaining wildlife refuge has been identified as a unique regional resource.  The Dismal Swamp Conservation Area has USEPA priority wetlands, and has several local and state entities working on its conservation, restoration, and enhancement as well as encouraging public access.  

There are 200 bird species, 25 mammal species, and 25 species of reptiles and amphibians that live in the 1,250-acre Dismal Swamp Conservation Area in Edison, South Plainfield and Metuchen and trek through this contaminated area.
 
PCB's are dangerous cancer causing chemicals and the PCB capacitors, capacitor pieces and other contamination remain at the surface throughout the wetlands and wildlife breeding area.  They are likely migrating up the food chain, poisoning everything that comes in contact with them.  The contamination is potentially migrating into the publicly accessible areas in the Dismal Swamp Conservation Area, and it is critical that all the hazardous waste and landfill areas be completely removed, disposed of offsite, and restored and to reduce any risk to human health and wildlife who utilize this natural resource. 
 
Exposure to PCBs disrupts liver and thymus functions, causes tumors, impairs immune system, and causes improper development of palate, teeth, and reproductive organs. Exposure to PCBs and dioxins also is linked to growth abnormalities, cognitive and nervous system disorders, and reproductive failure.

The entire Dismal Swamp Conservation Area is used by hunters and sportsman leading to the consumption of turtles, bull frogs, turkeys, white-tailed deer, as well as fish, wild plants and mushrooms foraged by hikers, sportsman and hunters. It is vital to make sure that these resources are safe and available to the public, for whom this area is protected for.
 
Sign our petition telling USEPA to remove all toxic PCBs and landfill wastes at this Superfund site located in the heart of the Dismal Swamp Conservation Area!

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    • Sherri Gillespie LOS GATOS, CA
      • 8 months ago

      Long over due.

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    • Patricia Dingleberry JERSEY CITY, NJ
      • 9 months ago

      We need to protect these vital areas of NJ.

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    • Cynthia Spiegel EDISON, NJ
      • 10 months ago

      I believe in a clean world for all living things.

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    • Chuck Homler SACO, ME
      • 10 months ago

      Wetlands are some of the most important habitats on the planet and they are vanishing at an alarming rate. They clean the water and provide a habitat for foraging and breeding for a number of animals and an especially wide variety of bird. Save our wetlands from pollution and development.

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    • tiffany alves RAHWAY, NJ
      • 11 months ago

      Not only will this help prevent flooding downstream is will also better the environment and the community by allowing new jersey's precious wildlife flourish in such an area that was thought to be lost.

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