Petitioning Remedial Project Manager, EPA Region 2 Diego Garcia and 21 others

Stop cancer causing chemicals actively discharging at the Cornell-Dubilier Electronics Superfund Site


The 26-acre Cornell-Dubilier Superfund Site in South Plainfield, New Jersey, is one of the most toxics sites in the United States.  In fact, the contamination from cancer causing polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) capacitors that were once manufactured on this site, continues to migrate into the 10-mile Bound Brook, Spring Lake and New Market Pond. This has resulted in a complete ban by the state and federal health agencies on consumption of even a single fish or living organism. 

This is the only water body in the state where there is a “Do Not Eat Anything” advisory for all species of fish and shellfish in this waterway. However, South Plainfield and Piscataway families still fish and children frequently play in the Bound Brook, Spring Lake, and New Market Pond.

In addition, cancer-causing trichloroethylene (TCE), PCBs and many other chemicals have migrated into the groundwater that flows under hundreds of homes, day care centers, and businesses on the 825 acre toxic groundwater plume.  This groundwater contamination is also seeping into the Bound Brook, but the extent is still undetermined.

The USEPA added the site to the Superfund National Priorities List in 1998, yet 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 leak 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 intention of actually treating this toxic mess!

Citizens need to demand the USEPA to do a full cleanup of the 10 Mile Bound Brook and 825 acre toxic groundwater plume and to do it now! The USEPA kept this information 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 unndertake an effective remedy if they receive enough public comments demanding a stronger cleanup – but only until September 20th. 

Please sign this petition and tell the USEPA that simply monitoring groundwater contamination does nothing to protect the thousands of families of South Plainfield, Edison, and Piscataway.  Alternative plans that remove volatile organic chemicals and other contaminants from the poisoned groundwater are possible and must be immediately implemented!  

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, Piscataway and the many other towns along the poisoned 10 mile Bound brook!

Check out www.unitedsuperfundalliance.org for information on this site and others around the country.

Letter to
Remedial Project Manager, EPA Region 2 Diego Garcia
Public Affairs Director, EPA Region 2 Bonnie Bellow
Mayor, South Plainfield Matthew P. Anesh
and 19 others
Director of the Division of Environmental Planning and Protection, EPA Region 2 Walter Mugdan
Regional Administrator, EPA Region 2 Judith Enck
Section Chief, EPA Region 2 John Prince
Representative Frank Pallone
Representative Rush Holt
Senator Barbara Boxer
Senator Cory Booker
Senator Robert Menendez
State Senator Barbara Buono
State Representative Patrick Diegnan
State Representative Peter Barnes
Assistance Administrator, Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response Mathy Stanislaus
Mayor Brian Wahler
Mayor South Plainfield Matthew P. Anesh
Council President Alex Barletta
Councilman Robert Bengivenga, Jr.
Councilman Christopher J. "C.J." Diana
Councilman South Plainfield Raymond Rusnak
Councilman Derryck C. White (Councilman)
As an interested party in the cleanup of the Cornell-Dubilier Electronics (CDE) Superfund Site, located at 333 Hamilton Boulevard in South Plainfield, New Jersey, I urge you to declare this site an immediate hazard and mobilize the USEPA's emergency removal branch to cleanup the 825 acre toxic groundwater plume, test all streams for contaminants and start the remedy for CDE Operable Unit 3, groundwater, and Operable Unit 4 Bound Brook that is most protective of human health and the environment.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency's (USEPA) selected remedy to indefinitely monitor the toxic groundwater is absolutely unacceptable. The groundwater contains cancer-causing chemicals such as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), trichloroethylene (TCE) and cis-1,2-dichloroethylene (cDCE), that are among the 26 chemicals of concern that originated from this site.

In addition, the contaminated groundwater is actively discharging into the Bound Brook, Spring Lake and New Market Pond which travels 10 miles through South Plainfield, Piscataway and eventually empties into the Raritan River.

Because of the high levels of PCBs in the Bound Brook, there is a “Do Not Eat Anything” advisory for all species of fish and shellfish, yet families and children are still fishing and playing in these chemicals. The USEPA has done nothing to stop the flow from this toxic deluge.

Families with children still play in the poisoned brook and fish at derbies at New Market Pond. The USEPA has not told the families of Central New Jersey the true extent of the chemicals that are actively discharging into the Bound Brook, New Market Pond and Spring Lake from the toxic groundwater.

The USEPA must post warning signs on all these water bodies and hold hearings in all towns that are affected along the 10 mile Bound Brook as well as take immediate action to stop the flow of the chemical poisons into these water bodies. The USEPA's own documents say that unless active treatment is undertaken the chemicals from the groundwater plume will discharge for decades maybe centuries into these areas. The chemicals involved are highly toxic, cancer-causing chemicals that do great damage at very low levels.

In addition, the USEPA must reconsider the decision to simply monitor the groundwater in the 825-acre plume area. Currently, the groundwater drawn from the community wells does not meet New Jersey Drinking Water Standards and require treatment to remove TCE. There also may be residential drinking wells that the USEPA has not identified and are potentially creating an exposure route that is unsafe.

The USEPA’s claim that the contamination resides within the fractured, sedimentary bedrock and there is no practical means to remove it is unacceptable. These assumptions were made before the USEPA tested the Bound Brook and found that high levels of TCE and PCBs actively discharging from the groundwater. The USEPA does not have a firm technical basis to leave the poisoned groundwater to discharge unabated and when it comes to matters dealing with health and safety, empty promises and inaction are not acceptable. The USEPA must investigate alternative methods to remove the sources of contamination, in addition to treating the groundwater to remove the high levels of TCE and PCBs.

There are several outstanding issues and concerns that must be addressed immediately and the USEPA must select an appropriate remedy for the CDE Superfund Site, Operable Unit 3 and Operable Unit 4. Inaction is not acceptable when thousands of peoples’ health and lives are at stake.

Thank you in advance for taking immediate action to protect the citizens of South Plainfield, Edison, and Piscataway.

Respectfully,