Congressman Scott Garrett

Representing the 5th District of New Jersey

Garrett Calls on EPA for Answers about Ringwood Superfund Site

Feb 29, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Scott Garrett (NJ-05) today called upon U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy and EPA Region 2 Administrator Judith Enck to share groundwater test results and future testing plans for the Ringwood Superfund Site after recent groundwater tests raised additional concerns about the presence of toxic substances at the site. 

These reports found 1,4-dioxane, a probable human carcinogen that may result in liver, kidney, and upper respiratory damage, at levels close to 100 times the state maximum standard.  Alarmingly, the EPA first had knowledge of a positive identification of this substance in November 2015, but failed to notify the public. 

“As you know, the EPA’s management of the site is a decades old and ongoing concern for New Jersey residents,” wrote Garrett in the letter. “I believe that public health issues need to be dealt with in a transparent manner so that residents are well-informed about the safety of their communities and surrounding areas.”

Congressman Garrett’s Specific Requests:

Information and Reports from the EPA about the Ringwood Superfund Site

  1. All groundwater test reports currently in the EPA’s possession; and
  2. A list of known toxic substances and the levels of such substances found at the site.

The EPA’s Future Plans for Groundwater Testing at the Ringwood Superfund Site

  1. The EPA’s plans for additional groundwater tests of known toxic substances present at the site;
  2. A list of toxic substances that may be present at the site, but that the EPA has not tested for; and
  3. The EPA’s plans for additional groundwater tests of toxic substances that may be present at the site and have not been tested for in past groundwater tests.

To read the entire letter, click here