USEPA: Protect 2 million Americans' water + stop toxic discharge in Ringwood State Park!
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Support the Edison Wetlands Association's work to save historic Ringwood State Park and help protect drinking water for over 2 million New Jersey residents!
The Ringwood Mines Superfund Site is located in the historic and naturally breathtaking mining district in Passaic County, New Jersey; the iron mined by the Ramapough community in Ringwood was used in the construction of the United States Capitol Dome in Washington D.C., the George Washington Bridge going into New York City, the cannon balls fired in WW1 and WW2, and many other national treasures.
Ford Motor Company turned this one-of-a-kind piece of American history into a toxic wasteland, dumping paint sludges and other toxic industrial wastes laden with lead, benzene, and 1,4-dioxane directly onto the ground and in the mines throughout the 1960s and 70s. This has poisoned Upper Ringwood families' resources for decades, who suffer devastating health impacts, staggering rates of premature deaths, rare cancers, and autoimmune diseases believed to be linked to the toxins left in their home.
Even now in 2017, an ongoing source of cancer-causing chemicals is discharging into Ringwood State Park, directly upstream from a drinking water resource for over 2 million Americans, the Wanaque Reservoir. A May 2017 report from the North Jersey District Water Supply Commission states, "Since the existing [water treatment] plant cannot remove 1,4-dioxane, if the contaminant was to reach the intake it will impact the finished water quality" - confirming the unacceptable threat the contaminants pose to the health of millions, including our most vulnerable population, our children.
Tell our elected officials and the United States Environmental Protection Agency to require Ford Motor Company to remove all of the waste it abandoned in Ringwood, not simply cover the problem with a cap, which Ringwood taxpayers will need to maintain forever. The security of clean drinking water should not be governed by one's zip code.
Take action now - the families of Ringwood, and anyone who believes a State Park should be safe to enjoy and drinking water safeguarded, are counting on YOU! Please consider donating to the 501(C)(3) non-profit Edison Wetlands Association, dedicated to protecting human health and the environment through education, action, and public awareness.
Follow this link to watch "Troubled Water" on Monday, August 14th, which examines leaking toxic nightmares across the United States, putting American families from sea to polluted sea at peril: News21 "Troubled Water" Documentary (CLICK)
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