Edison Wetlands Association

74,985 Supporters

Edison Wetlands Association (EWA) is a grassroots environmental nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting human health and the environment through conservation and the cleanup of hazardous waste sites.

Started 3 petitions

Victory
Petitioning The President of the United States

USEPA: Remove all of the leaking, toxic lead slag from Raritan Bay!

Three years ago, community members in Old Bridge, Sayreville, and surrounding New Jersey towns were angry when the United States Environmental Protection Agency told them that their beautiful beaches and recently renovated boardwalks that they use daily to walk, swim, fish, and sunbathe are lined with toxic lead slag and would be closed indefinitely.  They quickly learned that three decades ago the State of New Jersey allowed thousands of tons of leaking toxic lead slag, which was smelted decades ago, to be used for beachfront stabilization and jetties.  When the state finally got around to admitting the scope of the problem and its potential impacts to children's health, 40 years of exposure to cancer-causing lead had passed.   The toxic slag has already deprived the Raritan Bay communities of their right to access the beaches and waterfront, and even worse, it will continue to contaminate the entire ecosystem and pose a threat to the sportsman and families who recreate along the toxic waterfront until it is removed. The toxic slag was dumped over 38 years ago and has leached lead, arsenic, antimony and copper onto the beaches and into the bay sediments and wetlands.  Because lead levels on the beach are in the 150,000 – 200,000 ppm range and exceeding safe levels by 500 times the state standard, these levels are a direct threat to anyone who comes into contact with the toxic slag or the contaminated sediments.   According to state and federal health agencies, there is no safe level of lead!  The more lead is studied, the more health agencies caution about any exposure.  No matter how small the amount of lead found at beaches and near where children play, it is at alarming levels.  Exposure to lead is more dangerous in children because their growing bodies and brains are more sensitive than adults. According to Federal and State Health officials high levels of lead exposure in children lead to the developing of blood anemia, severe stomach aches, muscle weakness, and even brain damage.  Since there is no safe level of lead exposure, even low levels in children can lead to I.Q. deficiencies, reading and learning disabilities, reduced attention spans, hyperactivity and other behavioral problems.  Arsenic is a cancer-causing metal, and copper and antimony are equally hazardous to humans and animals as well. The toxic slag poses an extremely high health risk not only to the surrounding community but to the wildlife in the area as well.  Biota samples have found elevated levels of metals in the animals tested, affecting the fish, crabs and other biota, and likely moving up the food chain into the larger fish, birds and humans.  The Raritan Bay, where this slag is located, is a regionally important area that is used by thousands of boaters, water-skiers, bird watchers, swimmers and sportsmen who fish and crab recreationally and commercially. Recognizing this health hazard after careful review of all possible options, the United States Environmental Protection Agency has released their option for a cleanup plan calling for total removal of the toxic materials.  Tthis plan will permanently solve the problem by fully removing the slag and contaminated sediments from the Raritan Bayshore and is the only option that will fix the problem, protect the entire community, restore property values and protect fisheries.  However, USEPA's selected cleanup plan is not final, and can still be swayed by billionaire corporate polluters who do not want to pay for the multi-million dollar cleanup.  Please sign this petition urging USEPA to keep their selected plan that calls for complete removal of the toxic slag and sediment in order to protect the health and safety of the public who use these beaches daily.  We need every signature we can get to send the polluters and their supporters a message loud and clear. We demand this area be fully cleaned of all the toxic slag and contaminated sediments if we hope to make this plan a reality.  The polluter National Lead and its billionaire owner have publicly stated they will fight any plan and any attempts to hold them accountable for their pollution.  Please sign the petition and stand against the billionaires and corporate polluters who don't care who they hurt in order to make even more profits at the expense of the public good and a clean environment.   We need to support the USEPA’s plan to clean and restore the Laurence Harbor beach, Sayreville Jetty, and environmentally sensitive Margaret’s Creek wetlands so the public can swim and fish safely once again!

Edison Wetlands Association
4,178 supporters
Victory
Petitioning State Sen. Barbara Buono

Tell EPA you want a "real" cleanup for the Cornell Dubilier Superfund Site!

The 26-acre Cornell Dubilier Superfund Site in South Plainfield, New Jersey, is one of the most toxics sites in Middlesex County.  In fact, the contamination from extremely toxic polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) capacitors that were once manufactured on this site, has migrated into the Bound Brook, causing a serious “Do Not Eat Anything” advisory for all species of fish and shellfish in this waterway.  Families still fish and children still play and fish connecting waterways like Spring Lake and New Market Pond. In addition, cancer-causing trichloroethylene (TCE) has migrated into the groundwater that flows under hundreds of homes and contaminated 825 acres surrounding the site.  Due to widespread contamination, residential wells in the area were closed and residents hooked up to a city water supply.  This groundwater contamination is also seeping into the Bound Brook, but the extent is still undetermined. USEPA added the site to the Superfund National Priorities List in 1998 but 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 leach 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 intent of actually treating this toxic mess! At a recent public meeting, they released their plan to the local community.  The room was filled with citizens demanding the USEPA do a full cleanup of the site and to do it right.  USEPA probably hoped for sparse attendance because what they ultimately announced was best kept 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 select a more effective remedy if they receive enough public comments demanding a stronger cleanup – but only until August 20th.  Please sign this petition and tell the USEPA that simply monitoring groundwater contamination is not enough for the citizens of South Plainfield, Edison, and Piscataway.  Demand that alternative plans that remove volatile organic chemicals and other contaminants without polluting the groundwater are possible and must be immediately implemented!  Tell USEPA to grant an extension on the comment period of 60 days so the extent of the Bound Brook contamination can be incorporated into the cleanup plan! 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, and Piscataway!

Edison Wetlands Association
182 supporters
Victory
Petitioning The President of the United States

Save Ringwood State Park! Don’t let Ford Motor Company use it as a toxic landfill!

Save historic Ringwood State Park! Don’t let the government give it away to a notorious polluter! Tell our elected officials and the United States Environmental Protection Agency to require Ford Motor Company to clean up and restore this beloved jewel of the New Jersey State Park system, ensuring it remains as beautiful parkland - and not to a toxic waste landfill threatening the health and safety of the disadvantaged Ramapough Mountain Indian Tribe. For background, as part of the cleanup of the Ringwood Mines/Landfill Superfund Site in Ringwood, New Jersey, the polluter, Ford Motor Company, is trying to take back State parkland so they can use it as a toxic dump for their poisonous sludge and drums of leaking chemicals. Ringwood State Park and the neighboring Ramapough Mountain Indian Tribe homeland is dotted with former iron mines that once provided iron used in the construction of the United States Capitol Dome and the George Washington Bridge going into New York City. Yet recent testing shows these abandoned mines are leaking, and that the cancer-causing witches brew of toxic sludge and benzene could potentially impact the water supply for over 1 to 2 million people in this watershed! Unfortunately, Ford has been secretly lobbying behind closed doors with the state and federal governments to allow them to take this historic area so they can continue to use it for toxic waste disposal and long-term containment. The goal of this, of course, is to save this global polluter millions of dollars, with scarcely a concern for its impact on the environment and public health. This land belongs to the public! Don’t let them take our land away! Tell our government to REQUIRE Ford to remediate and restore it completely so we can enjoy a safe and healthy State parkland once again! For more info on this fight, visit: www.RingwoodSuperfundSite.org and www.ToxicLegacy.com

Edison Wetlands Association
70,625 supporters