USEPA: Get the LEAD out of Ringwood!
  • Petitioned Michelle J. DePass

This petition was delivered to:

Assistant Administrator, Office of International and Tribal Affairs, USEPA
Michelle J. DePass
Assistant Administrator, Office of Administration and Resources Management, USEPA
Craig E. Hooks
Associate Assistant Administrator for EJ, USEPA
Lisa Garcia
Director, Office of Administration and Policy, USEPA
Mark Badalamente
Director, Office of Civil Enforcement, USEPA
Susan Shinkman
Acting Director, Office of Environmental Justice, USEPA
Heather Case
USEPA Administrator
Lisa Jackson
Assistant Administrator, USEPA
Mathy Stanislaus
Administrator, Region 2, USEPA
Judith Enck
Superfund Director, Region 2, USEPA
Walter Mugdan
Assistant Administrator, Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, USEPA
Cynthia Giles

USEPA: Get the LEAD out of Ringwood!

    1. Petition by

      Edison Wetlands Association

The United States Environmental Protection Agency is coming up to Ringwood, New Jersey on Monday, February 11, 2013 to ask the public how the 500-acre Ringwood Superfund Site should be cleaned up.  Here, Ford Motor Company dumped tens of thousands of tons of paint sludge into old abandoned mine shafts, leaching landfills, the lawns of the Ramapough Mountain Indians, and the very trails of Ringwood State Park five decades ago.

All options are on the table – from doing absolutely nothing to controversially capping the sludge in place and leaving it there forever to completely removing all of the toxic waste.  The people in Upper Ringwood are still suffering from devastating health impacts, staggering rates of premature deaths, rare cancers, and autoimmune diseases believed to be linked to the witches’ brew of toxins left in their homes, yards and community. 

Astronomically high levels of lead and dioxin have been found in attics and yards, while the neighboring mines – including those in Ringwood State Park – sit just upstream from the drinking water source for one to two million people.

Please tell USEPA that this community should no longer suffer from the toxic legacy Ford Motors dumped in their backyards.  Don’t let Ford Motor Company get away with capping the site and leaving tens of thousands of tons of paint sludge behind!  Tell USEPA that they must require Ford to dig up everything they dumped!  Tell USEPA to GET THE LEAD OUT!

Take action now – the families of Ringwood, and anyone who believes a State Park should be safe to enjoy, are counting on you!

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Recent signatures


    1. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Ayumi Temlock STAMFORD, CT
      • 4 months ago

      I support people in Ringwood. They still suffer from toxins, Many already were killed by pollution.

      Moreover, I need clean water. Wanaque Reservoir close to the polluted area supplies water to my town.

      • 10 months ago

      ok !

      • about 1 year ago

      this is my home town i was brown there and lived thereand i seen a lot done there and they should clean up there cancers mash up....

    • Bonnie Griswold GROTON, CT
      • about 1 year ago

      The main reason I left my hometown of Ringwood, NJ is because my son's lead levels were elevated. Within a year of moving his lead levels are back to normal. However, I still have family there. I'd love to see Ringwood cleaned up completely, it's too beautiful of an area to be so contaminated.

    • Pat Corcoran POMPTON LAKES, NJ
      • about 1 year ago

      Please stand up for those you are supposed to protect!


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