ATSDR Releases Ringwood Health Assessment
Garrett Calls it Foundational Step
Today, Congressman Scott Garrett received the highly-anticipated Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) health assessment, defining the baseline analysis of health concerns related to the Ringwood region. The report is a statistical compilation of residents' health data and makes recommendations for further study of and improvements to the health of the residents.
"This report is not the finish line, but is a very good place to start," stated Garrett. "The recommendations it makes give us a roadmap to better health for these residents. An honest, clear assessment is the foundational step to a real resolution."
Congressman Garrett was briefed by Dr. Howard Frumkin, Director of the ATSDR, and other officials from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) on the contents of the report and the significance of its findings. This is the third health assessment of the region, but the first to find statistical health anomalies significant enough to warrant further study. As a result of this assessment, the ATSDR and the New Jersey Department of Health and Human Services (NJ DHHS) will be working with the Ringwood community to undertake specific biological sampling and health histories in the region.
The Congressman was pleased to bring Ringwood back to the attention of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) which on April 19 proposed relisting the Ringwood Superfund site to the National Priorities List (NPL). At the completion of a 60-day public comment period, the site is expected to be reslisted. This would constitute the first time a site has ever been relisted on the NPL after having been once removed.
The Ringwood Superfund site was removed from the NPL in 1994 under the Clinton Administration.
"The health assessment is another positive step toward completely and finally addressing the residents' health and environmental concerns," Garrett said.