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Petitioning Representative Frank Pallone and 8 others

USEPA: Remove the toxic waste from the Everglades of Central Jersey


Tell USEPA to clean up the leaking PCBS out of the heart of the 1,250-acre Dismal Swamp Conservation Area in South Plainfield, New Jersey!

This last remaining wildlife refuge has been identified as a unique regional resource.  The Dismal Swamp Conservation Area has USEPA priority wetlands, and has several local and state entities working on its conservation, restoration, and enhancement as well as encouraging public access.  

There are 200 bird species, 25 mammal species, and 25 species of reptiles and amphibians that live in the 1,250-acre Dismal Swamp Conservation Area in Edison, South Plainfield and Metuchen and trek through this contaminated area.
 
PCB's are dangerous cancer causing chemicals and the PCB capacitors, capacitor pieces and other contamination remain at the surface throughout the wetlands and wildlife breeding area.  They are likely migrating up the food chain, poisoning everything that comes in contact with them.  The contamination is potentially migrating into the publicly accessible areas in the Dismal Swamp Conservation Area, and it is critical that all the hazardous waste and landfill areas be completely removed, disposed of offsite, and restored and to reduce any risk to human health and wildlife who utilize this natural resource. 
 
Exposure to PCBs disrupts liver and thymus functions, causes tumors, impairs immune system, and causes improper development of palate, teeth, and reproductive organs. Exposure to PCBs and dioxins also is linked to growth abnormalities, cognitive and nervous system disorders, and reproductive failure.

The entire Dismal Swamp Conservation Area is used by hunters and sportsman leading to the consumption of turtles, bull frogs, turkeys, white-tailed deer, as well as fish, wild plants and mushrooms foraged by hikers, sportsman and hunters. It is vital to make sure that these resources are safe and available to the public, for whom this area is protected for.
 
Sign our petition telling USEPA to remove all toxic PCBs and landfill wastes at this Superfund site located in the heart of the Dismal Swamp Conservation Area!

Letter to
Representative Frank Pallone
Representative Rush Holt
Senator Robert Menendez
and 6 others
State Senator Barbara Buono
State Representative Patrick Diegnan
State Representative Peter Barnes
USEPA Remedial Project Manager Diane Salkie
Region 2 Administrator, USEPA Judith Enck
Director of Superfund, USEPA Region 2 Walter Mugdan
RE: Woodbrook Road Dump Superfund Site Proposed Plan

Dear Ms. Salkie,

As a concerned citizen, I demand the Woodbrook Road Dump Superfund Site be cleaned to highest possible standard. I commend the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) for choosing Alternative 6 as your selected remedy. I agree that the responsible parties should remove all the hazardous PCBs from this regional resource known as the Dismal Swamp Conservation Area (DSCA). Additionally, the entire landfill and all its solid waste on both sides of the Bound Brook must be removed.

The Woodbrook Road Dump Superfund Site is located on about 70 acres of undeveloped land in the heart of the 1,250-acre DSCA, which has been identified as a unique regional resource. Specifically the Western Pond, adjacent to the PCB Capacitor Disposal Area, is classified as a USEPA Priority Wetland and is vital to the community.

There have been areas found with very high PCB concentrations within the Woodbrook Road Dump Site which are considered to be extremely toxic both human and wildlife. Because of the broken capacitors, capacitor pieces and contamination that remain at the surface at the site as well as the unknown levels of PCBs and other contamination that continue to migrate from the site to the publicly accessible areas in the Dismal Swamp Conservation Area, it is critical that the hazardous waste be removed completely and disposed of offsite to reduce any risk to human health and wildlife who utilize this natural resource. Exposure to PCBs disrupts liver and thymus functions, causes tumors, impairs immune system, and causes improper development of palate, teeth, and reproductive organs. Exposure to PCBs and dioxins also is linked to growth abnormalities, cognitive and nervous system disorders, and reproductive failure.

The DSCA has several local and state entities working on its conservation, restoration, and enhancement as well as encouraging public access. There are 200 bird species, 25 mammal species, and 25 species of reptiles and amphibians that live in the DSCA in Edison, South Plainfield and Metuchen and trek through this contaminated area.

The entire Dismal Swamp Conservation Area is used by hunters and sportsman leading to the consumption of turtles, bull frogs, turkeys, white-tailed deer, as well as fish, wild plants and mushrooms foraged by hikers, sportsman and hunters. It is vital to make sure that these resources are safe and available to the public, for whom this area is protected for.

Additionally, this area of the DSCA serves as a regional flood storage area. During Hurricane Irene, Sandy and Floyd, nearly the entire site was submerged underwater. Even during a normal rain storm, a decent section of the site floods too. This scenario will likely continue to occur, and therefore any type of capping of highly toxic PBCs and landfilled waste unacceptable in this natural oasis.

Please consider the future children that will play on this site, the fisherman that will eat the fish in the Bound Brook, the hikers that will trek on the adjacent Middlesex Greenway Connection to Woodbrook Road, and the bikers that will ride on the interconnecting trails. Please remove all of the toxic waste on this site and restore it to the beautiful wildlife refuge that it once was.