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Petitioning Assistant Administrator, Office of International and Tribal Affairs, USEPA Michelle J. DePass and 4 others

USEPA: Get the lead out of Ringwood and restore the tribal lands!

The United States Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a horrible plan that leaves tens of thousands of tons of paint sludge that Ford Motor Company dumped five decades ago on Ramapough Lenape Nation Tribal grounds and Ringwood State Park.  The 500-acre Ringwood Mines/Landfill Superfund Site is composed of old abandoned mine shafts and leaching landfills.

With enough community and technical support, we can reverse USEPA's proposed cleanup plan to chose an alternative that would completely remove all of the toxic waste and restore the tribal land.  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!  

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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This petition was delivered to:
  • Assistant Administrator, Office of International and Tribal Affairs, USEPA
    Michelle J. DePass
  • Assistant Administrator, USEPA
    Mathy Stanislaus
  • Superfund Director, Region 2, USEPA
    Walter Mugdan
  • USEPA Region 2 Administrator
    Ms. Judith Enck
  • USEPA Ringwood Remedial Project Manager
    Joe Gowers

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