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Petitioning USEPA Region 2 Administrator Judith Enck and 7 others

Stop toxic cancer-causing chemicals from seeping into the Raritan River!

In suburban New Jersey, a toxic, cancer-causing chemical seep draining into the Raritan River from the 80-year old American Cyanamid Superfund Site and posing a great health risk to residents. Contact your elected officials today and tell them to urge the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) to stop the toxic seep. 

This 575-acre site sits adjacent to the Delaware and Raritan Canal, which provides drinking water to hundreds of thousands of people in the surrounding area.  Insist that the USEPA’s temporary solution of erecting carbon-bags and hay bales along the bank to “catch” the seeps is not an acceptable treatment.  Send a letter to your elected officials asking them to contact the USEPA to make the responsible party, Pfizer, a billion dollar pharmaceutical company, fully remediate the onsite lagoons that are causing this potential health hazard.  They must take immediate action to remove the toxic chemicals draining into our regional resource, the Raritan River, the longest river solely in New Jersey. 

Letter to
USEPA Region 2 Administrator Judith Enck
USEPA Region 2 Superfund Chief Walter Mugdan
Pfizer Wendy Lazarus
and 5 others
Pfizer Russell Downey
USEPA Administrator Lisa Jackson
Commissioner Bob Martin
Representative Rush Holt
Senator Barbara Boxer
I respectfully request that you strongly compel the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) to take immediate action to stop the toxic, cancer-causing chemical seep draining into the Raritan River from the 80-year old American Cyanamid Superfund Site in Bridgewater.

The 575-acre site sits directly adjacent to the longest river solely in New Jersey, as well as the Delaware and Raritan Canal, which is used for drinking water for hundreds of thousands of families in the surrounding area. The USEPA recently discovered benzene, a toxic carcinogen known to potentially cause damage to the immune system, oral cancer, and leukemia on the American Cyanamid Superfund Site at 20,000 times the acceptable federal standard.

The site’s leaking chemical lagoons, known as lagoons 1 and 2, must be cleaned up immediately. Please tell the USEPA that erecting a temporary Band-Aid of carbon bags and hay bales along the bank to “catch” the seeps is not acceptable. Additionally, I ask that you request the USEPA to require the site’s Responsible Party, Pfizer, a billion dollar pharmaceutical company, to fully remediate the on-site historic lagoons from this leaking toxic waste site that is causing this potential health hazard.

This site cleanup has been languishing for over two decades, and it is time for USEPA to take serious action. In order to protect the health and safety of families that utilize this area for recreation, the source of this contamination must be addressed immediately. For the bikers, hikers, fisherman and kayakers, for the osprey, bald eagles, turtles and trout, please urge USEPA to make this site cleanup a top priority and to take immediate action to remove the toxic chemicals draining into our regional resource, the Raritan River. Thank you for your timely assistance on this important environmental issue.

Respectfully,