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Letter To The Honorable Lisa Jackson, Administrator, United States Environmental Protection Agency

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Letter To The Honorable Lisa Jackson, Administrator, United States Environmental Protection Agency

Last week, I sent an official letter to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson about the Ringwood Superfund site. I am encouraging her to make its cleanup one of her top priorities.

As the elected federal representative for the people of Ringwood, I stand with them and their local officials in calling for this site clean-up to be completed in a timely manner. While the area was once listed as a Superfund site and declared clean in 1994, the clean-up was later discovered to be incomplete. As a result, I joined with residents, activists, and other elected officials in successfully pressuring the EPA to classify and relist Ringwood as a Superfund site in 2006. Each month, a representative from my staff holds a Mobile Constituent Services availability in Ringwood, and I also have a representative present at every Community Advisory Group each month.

Below is the text of the letter I sent to Administrator Jackson, and I have also linked to previous efforts I've made to raise awareness about the site.

April 28, 2009

The Honorable Lisa Jackson
Administrator
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Mail Code 1101A
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N. W.
Washington, D.C. 20460

Dear Administrator Jackson,
Congratulations on your appointment as EPA Administrator. I look forward to working with you in the coming days on many issues of importance to our nation. This letter conveys my appreciation for the sensitivity you have shown in the past concerning the Ringwood Superfund site cleanup and encourages you to continue making the site one of your priorities.

As you lay the groundwork for addressing the key issues facing Superfund sites across the nation, I urge you to devote special attention to the situation in Ringwood, New Jersey. On January 23rd, you stated your commitment to transparency and your desire to "protect neighborhood and communities throughout the country."

The Ringwood community, in particular, merits your attention and I invite you to visit the site and view the contaminated areas. During your time at the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), I understand that you became familiar with the plight of Ringwood residents and I urge you to remember them now in your new position.

As the elected federal representative for the people of Ringwood, I stand with them and their local officials in calling for this site clean-up to be completed in a timely manner. While the area was once listed as a Superfund site and declared clean in 1994, the clean-up was later discovered to be incomplete. As a result, the site was again classified and relisted as a Superfund site in September 2006.

The people of Ringwood are justifiably angry that the previous clean-up did not accomplish the goal of removing the toxic materials that have been buried in the area. A thorough and timely analysis and clean-up of the site will assure the residents of Ringwood that they can safely enjoy the beautiful region of New Jersey in which they live.

Please contact me about the recent steps the Environmental Protection Agency is taking to clean the site and how we can work together with local officials to gain the resources necessary to ensure the safety of the people of Ringwood.

I appreciate the sensitivity you have shown already on issues concerning Superfund sites and I hope you will continue to focus on measures that will protect communities damaged by pollutants.

Sincerely,

Scott Garrett
Member of Congress


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