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
- USEPA Region 2 Administrator
- USEPA Region 2 Superfund Chief
- USEPA Administrator
- Ford Motor Company Manager, Worldwide Environmental Support
- Ford Motor Company Director of Environmental Quality
- State Senator
- President of the United States
- New Jersey Governor
Over five decades ago, Ford Motor Company dumped tens of thousands of tons of toxic cancer-causing paint sludge on the Ramapough Mountain Indian Tribe’s land in Upper Ringwood, New Jersey, now formally known as the Ringwood Mines/Landfill Superfund Site. A large section of this area is home to Ringwood State Park, a beautiful mountainous 4,000-acre parkland with over 50 miles of trails for hikers and bikers, as well as Shepherd Lake, Bear Swamp Lake, and the New Jersey State Botanical Garden.
The contaminated section of Ringwood State Park is known as the historic Peter's Mine, and must be fully cleaned up and restored back to its original natural landscape for everyone to enjoy. Unfortunately, as part of the cleanup of this Superfund site, the polluter Ford is proposing to take back the Ramapough Mountain Indian Tribe and the public’s land to use as a toxic waste landfill, threatening the health and safety of the Ramapough families.
We have recently learned that Ford may be trying to make backroom deals that would allow them to steal this historic area and gain ownership to use it as long-term disposal of their chemical poisons, never restoring it back for the public’s use. This shady deal could potentially continue to poison the ground and surface water as well as the drinking resources for 1 to 2 million people.
HBO’s recently aired documentary “Mann v. Ford” showcased the trials and tribulations that this Ramapough Native American community has suffered for decades as a result of the highly toxic waste that was dumped in their backyards. In addition, the historic mines in this area once provided the iron used in the construction of the United States Capitol dome and the George Washington Bridge. Many of the mine workers were Ramapough tribe members. The families stricken today with a tragic range of illnesses and dangerous sinkholes gave so much to our nation over the centuries, and they deserve to be safe from the poisons that were once dumped on them.
I ask that you please keep this land within Ringwood State Park and require Ford to completely clean up and restore Peter’s Mine, so that the Ramapoughs can safely live off this beautiful land, subsisting largely on the wild game, plants, and fish that flourish here, as well as for the benefit of the thousands of hikers, Boy and Girl Scout Troops, school groups, church groups, birdwatchers, and others who frequent the park. Thank you in advance for your immediate assistance on this time-sensitive matter upon which so many are counting on your leadership.
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