U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-08) today commended the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) plan to remove mercury contamination from the sediment of the Acid Brook Delta of Pompton Lake to levels that meet standards to protect resident's health and the environment.
"I'm pleased that EPA has modified their original permit to respond to the environmental concerns raised by the FWS and other groups by expanding the dredging area, expand sampling in the Lake, and implementing long term monitoring," said Rep. Pascrell. "I am also pleased that DuPont will be responsible for paying for 100% of this remediation. The residents of Pompton Lakes have lived for far too long with contamination and I am committed to holding DuPont accountable for not only the cleanup of the Acid Brook Delta, but also the entire Lake and the complete remediation of the groundwater contamination that affects the homes above."
The plan will go into effect as a modification of a permit, which legally requires the E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company, Inc. to fund and perform the work. Under the permit modification, the EPA will require DuPont to dredge at least 100,000 cubic yards of mercury contaminated sediment from the bottom of a 40-acre area of Pompton Lake and remove at least 7,800 cubic yards of contaminated soil from a shoreline area of the lake affected by DuPont's past discharges. All of the sediment and soil will be sent to a licensed disposal facility.
Mercury in the sediment and soil can build up in the tissue of fish and other wildlife and pose a threat to people who eat them. Exposure to mercury can damage people's nervous systems and harm the brain, heart, kidneys, lungs and immune systems.