I am a life-long resident of the community of Pompton Lakes, NJ. In 2007, I learned the truth about the historical toxic legacy that DuPont is responsible for. A complex contamination of soil, groundwater and added in June 2008, the vapor intrusion contamination information was released to the public. Many thought this site was being cleaned up for decades but unfortunately this was not our reality. Devastated by this news, I founded the volunteer group entitled "Citizens For A Clean Pompton Lakes", which is comprised of commited current/former residents. Presently, our fight for environmental justice continues as we STILL wait (HRS in 1982) for a Superfund designation. We rightfully deserve this opportunity to have a real voice and a clean-up to the highest residential standards possible so we can begin to live worry-free. In the meantime, toxins continue to invade our soil, groundwater and send poison gases into our homes.
Stop DuPont Chemical from Poisoning New Jersey Families
From 1902 to 1994, the DuPont Chemical company dumped chemicals into New Jersey’s Pompton Lakes. While the company abandoned the explosives site years ago, it has yet to clean up the mess it left behind. The closed work site is still owned by DuPont.For decades, families like mine have been suffering from the toxic pollution left in Pompton Lakes, New Jersey by DuPont Chemical. Hundreds of families suffer from poisonous gases in the soil that migrate up into our basements. The air we breathe inside our homes is filled with cancer-causing TCE, and the full extent of all this pollution in our community is still not fully understood.DuPont Chemical, the company responsible for this pollution, has had years to clean up their mess--but they have failed. It's time the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) declare Pompton Lakes a Superfund site and take over the clean-up once and for all. Two years ago, the New Jersey Department of Human Health and Senior Services released a shocking report with the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. It found a "significantly elevated" cancer rate in the region potentially linked to contamination from the Pompton Lakes DuPont explosives site. DuPont Chemical has proposed a five-year cleanup plan--but that plan will not make our community safe. DuPont's plan does not address the high levels of mercury, lead, and other toxic chemicals that they left in our creeks and lakes.It’s clear that DuPont doesn’t care about the Pompton Lakes community, so it’s up to the USEPA to take a stand and protect our health. The USEPA must list this site on the federal Superfund National Priorities list. Cleanup cannot be left in the hands of DuPont Chemical.