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!