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The United States Environmental Protection Agency is coming up to Ringwood, New Jersey on Monday, February 11, 2013 to ask the public how the 500-acre Ringwood Superfund Site should be cleaned up.  Here, Ford Motor Company dumped tens of thousands of tons of paint sludge into old abandoned mine shafts, leaching landfills, the lawns of the Ramapough Mountain Indians, and the very trails of Ringwood State Park five decades ago.

All options are on the table – from doing absolutely nothing to controversially capping the sludge in place and leaving it there forever to completely removing all of the toxic waste.  The people in Upper Ringwood are still suffering from devastating health impacts, staggering rates of premature deaths, rare cancers, and autoimmune diseases believed to be linked to the witches’ brew of toxins left in their homes, yards and community. 

Astronomically high levels of lead and dioxin have been found in attics and yards, while the neighboring mines – including those in Ringwood State Park – sit just upstream from the drinking water source for one to two million people.

Please tell USEPA that this community should no longer suffer from the toxic legacy Ford Motors dumped in their backyards.  Don’t let Ford Motor Company get away with capping the site and leaving tens of thousands of tons of paint sludge behind!  Tell USEPA that they must require Ford to dig up everything they dumped!  Tell USEPA to GET THE LEAD OUT!

Take action now – the families of Ringwood, and anyone who believes a State Park should be safe to enjoy, are counting on you!

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Letter to
Assistant Administrator, Office of International and Tribal Affairs, USEPA Michelle J. DePass
Superfund Director, Region 2, USEPA Walter Mugdan
Administrator, Region 2, USEPA Judith Enck
and 8 others
Assistant Administrator, USEPA Mathy Stanislaus
USEPA Administrator Lisa Jackson
Acting Director, Office of Environmental Justice, USEPA Heather Case
Director, Office of Civil Enforcement, USEPA Susan Shinkman
Director, Office of Administration and Policy, USEPA Mark Badalamente
Associate Assistant Administrator for EJ, USEPA Lisa Garcia
Assistant Administrator, Office of Administration and Resources Management, USEPA Craig E. Hooks
Assistant Administrator, Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, USEPA Cynthia Giles
Get the Lead out of Ringwood! On behalf of the residents of Ringwood, New Jersey, I am respectfully requesting that USEPA require Ford Motor Company to complete a full remediation of the site by removing all of the toxic lead paint sludge, restoring Ringwood State Park as safe public land, and removing the leachate and garbage from the landfill areas.

Additionally, I urgently request that when you come to the Ringwood community on Monday, February 11, 2013, that the following be followed:

1. USEPA shows up with a plan in writing with a timeline for releasing the proposed cleanup plan. We have waited over a year for the plan as political delays from Washington are under no circumstances acceptable to this community. We expect USEPA to release the Proposed Plan this month, and anything later than that is not acceptable.

2. The media, both newspaper and television, is allowed to attend this meeting. This meeting should be open to the public as well as the media, and we will not accept anything less. There is no reason to hide the discussions that will occur during this meeting.

3. USEPA must stop listening to Ford Motor Company's lobbyists in Washington, and must ONLY listen to the people who live on the toxic waste and have been suffering and dying for generations. This community and the Ramapough Mountain Indian Tribe has suffered staggering rates of premature deaths, rare cancers, and autoimmune diseases believed the be linked to the toxic waste dumped here.

These hard-working families suffered in agony for decades, and USEPA finally has the chance to finally make things right. Please protect the human health and environment for the Upper Ringwood community and the one to two million people that depend on this area for as a drinking water source. Restore this community back to a safe place where parents can raise their children without fear of toxic chemicals impacting their health, and where families can walk trails at a State park without worrying about what toxic contaminants are underfoot or underground.

Thank you in advance for your consideration regarding this urgent human health issue.

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