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Petitioning Assistant Administrator, Office of International and Tribal Affairs, USEPA Michelle J. DePass and 10 others

USEPA: Get the LEAD out of Ringwood!

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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This petition was delivered 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
  • 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

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