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Congressman Garrett Continues to Urge EPA to Post Warnings for Hunters and Residents

Location: Washington, DC

Congressman Garrett Continues to Urge EPA to Post Warnings for Hunters and Residents

Today, Congressman Scott Garrett issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) testing of animal and plantlife near the Ringwood Mines Superfund Site:

The sampling, which is currently underway, was a recommendation of the Public Health Assessment baseline report issued by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) to examine the health effects of the Ringwood Superfund site on local residents. Congressman Garrett sent a letter to the EPA last week, following the EPA's statement that wildlife in the region had tested positive for high levels of lead, urging them to post warnings of their findings for local hunters. Garrett has also urged Federal and state agencies involved in the health studies and clean-up efforts to test deer and big game animals for several months, including in a letter to the NJ Department of Health and Senior Services in August.

Congressman Garrett statement is as follows:

"I am pleased that the EPA has decided to include deer in their biota sampling at the Ringwood Superfund site, as I have urged since August. I will continue to urge them to post warnings for hunters and other area residents that the local game may be contaminated and holds the potential for dangerous health consequences. The health and safety of the local residents and those who frequent this area during hunting season must be paramount, and I will continue to carefully monitor the work done by the EPA and other Federal and state agencies involved in this project."

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