Tell EPA you want a "real" cleanup  for the Cornell Dubilier Superfund Site!
  • Petitioned Diego Garcia
  • Responded

This petition was delivered to:

Remedial Project Manager, EPA Region 2
Diego Garcia
Public Affairs Director, EPA Region 2
Bonnie Bellow
Section Chief, Central New Jersey Remediation, EPA Region 2
John Prince
Mayor, Edison
Antonia Ricigliano
Mayor, South Plainfield
Matthew P. Anesh
Councilman, South Plainfield
Derryck C. White
See response
Councilman, South Plainfield
Dick Frank
Councilman, Edison
Tom Lankey
EPA Administrator
Lisa P. Jackson
Director of the Division of Environmental Planning and Protection, EPA Region 2
Walter Mugdan
Regional Administrator, EPA Region 2
Judith Enck
Council President, South Plainfield
Raymond Rusnak
Councilman, South Plainfield
Robert Bengivenga, Jr.
Councilman, South Plainfield
Timothy McConville
Councilman, South Plainfield
Alex Barletta
Council President, Edison
Robert Karabinchak
Council Vice President, Edison
Wayne Mascola
Councilman, Edison
Robert Diehl
Councilman, Edison
Alvaro Gomez
Secretary of State, USA
Hillary Clinton
New Jersey-06
Rep. Frank Pallone
New Jersey-12
Rep. Rush Holt
California
Sen. Barbara Boxer
New Jersey
Sen. Cory Booker
New Jersey
Sen. Robert Menendez
New Jersey-018
State Sen. Peter Barnes
New Jersey-018B
State Rep. Patrick Diegnan
New Jersey-018A
State Rep. Nancy Pinkin

Tell EPA you want a "real" cleanup for the Cornell Dubilier Superfund Site!

    1. Petition by

      Edison Wetlands Association

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August 2012

Victory

Congratulations! Because of the hard work of all of our supporters, EPA announced today that they would extend the public comment period for the Cornell Dubilier Electronics Superfund Site groundwater cleanup Proposed Plan until September 30, 2012! We won this small battle, however, the war is not over yet. We've launched a new petition similar to this, that demands USEPA actually cleanup the groundwater instead of taking no action and simply monitor - or babysit - this toxic nightmare for the next 30 years. Click here to sign the new petition: http://www.change.org/petitions/tell-epa-you-want-a-real-cleanup-for-the-cornell-dubilier-superfund-site-2

The 26-acre Cornell Dubilier Superfund Site in South Plainfield, New Jersey, is one of the most toxics sites in Middlesex County.  In fact, the contamination from extremely toxic polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) capacitors that were once manufactured on this site, has migrated into the Bound Brook, causing a serious “Do Not Eat Anything” advisory for all species of fish and shellfish in this waterway.  Families still fish and children still play and fish connecting waterways like Spring Lake and New Market Pond.

In addition, cancer-causing trichloroethylene (TCE) has migrated into the groundwater that flows under hundreds of homes and contaminated 825 acres surrounding the site.  Due to widespread contamination, residential wells in the area were closed and residents hooked up to a city water supply.  This groundwater contamination is also seeping into the Bound Brook, but the extent is still undetermined.

USEPA added the site to the Superfund National Priorities List in 1998 but 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 leach 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 intent of actually treating this toxic mess!

At a recent public meeting, they released their plan to the local community.  The room was filled with citizens demanding the USEPA do a full cleanup of the site and to do it right.  USEPA probably hoped for sparse attendance because what they ultimately announced was best kept 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 select a more effective remedy if they receive enough public comments demanding a stronger cleanup – but only until August 20th.  Please sign this petition and tell the USEPA that simply monitoring groundwater contamination is not enough for the citizens of South Plainfield, Edison, and Piscataway.  Demand that alternative plans that remove volatile organic chemicals and other contaminants without polluting the groundwater are possible and must be immediately implemented!  Tell USEPA to grant an extension on the comment period of 60 days so the extent of the Bound Brook contamination can be incorporated into the cleanup plan!

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, and Piscataway!

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 100 signatures
    2. Decision-maker Derryck C. White responds:

      Derryck C. White

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts and insight. 

      Derryck C. White
      Borough of South Plainfield Councilman
      Sent from my iPhone


    3. Reached 50 signatures
    4. EPA Opts to Monitor Groundwater at South Plainfield Superfund Site

      Public comments are due August 20th! Sign the petition now to send a letter to USEPA telling them that their plan to "opt to monitor groundwater" is unacceptable! Your comment will become part of the public record!

    5. Reached 10 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Cathy Cole PLAINFIELD, NJ
      • over 1 year ago

      such a high level of contamination in a highly developed residential area should be dealt with very carefully, as thoroughly as possible.

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    • Beverley Wilson METUCHEN, NJ
      • over 1 year ago

      I'd like to see all superfund site go.

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    • Miriam Wolin EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ
      • over 1 year ago

      Pollution is wrong

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    • Marcelo Remotti METUCHEN, NJ
      • over 1 year ago

      our children and grandchildren's health are at stake, we cannot let this go uncleaned.

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    • PRISCILLA SIEGEL EDISON, NJ
      • over 1 year ago

      I LIVE IN THE AREA

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