U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-8) today released the following statement in response the federal Environmental Protection Agency's letter to Pompton Lakes residents concerning ground water contamination caused by E.I. DuPont's work facility:
"I am pleased with the EPA's decision to increase its federal oversight presence in the contaminated area of Pompton Lakes that has affected so many residents," said Pascrell, who last Wednesday met with Judith Enck, the EPA's Administrator for Region 2, to discuss the contamination and the recent NJHSS/ATSDR report on elevated cancer levels among residents at the site. "The safety of the citizens of Pompton Lakes must be our number one priority. The EPA must redouble its efforts and ensure that DuPont is living up to its obligations under the law. DuPont must commit the necessary resources to mitigate the pollution, as well as swiftly remediate the site as soon as technologically possible. While I respect the Regional Administrator's decision not to include the site on the EPA's Superfund list at this time, I will continue to monitor the situation closely and will call for a re-examination of the area's status should the Resource Conservation Recovery Act (RCRA) prove insufficient to hold DuPont accountable for the contamination it caused."
Rep. Pascrell and his staff have worked closely with the leadership and residents of Pompton Lakes on this public health issue. On Dec. 11, Rep. Pascrell, with U.S. Sens. Frank Lautenberg and Robert Menendez, wrote to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson calling for the agency to meet with them, along with local officials and residents after the N.J. Department of Health and Senior Services and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry report indicating an increase in certain types of cancer in the area of the DuPont site. A copy of the response from Regional Administrator Enck to that letter is attache