Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) released the following statement today upon the announcement by the Environmental Protection Agency's that is has finalized its plans to move forward with the cleanup of the Woodbrook Road Superfund site in South Plainfield, NJ:
"The remediation of the Woodbrook Road site is incredibly important to South Plainfield. It is essential that this site be cleaned up in a quick and comprehensive manner. With the issuance of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) final cleanup plan for this site, we are now on the way to a full cleanup to remove all public health hazards from the area. I am encouraged that EPA has finalized its plans to remove contaminants from the site instead of on-site storage of the material.
"Superfund sites can contain toxic contaminants that have been detected in drinking water wells, creeks and rivers, backyards, playgrounds and streets. Communities impacted by these sites can face restrictions on water use and recreational activities as well as economic losses as property values decline due to contaminated land. In the worst cases, residents of these communities can face health problems such as cardiac impacts, infertility, low birth weight, birth defects, leukemia, and respiratory difficulties.
"I am pleased to see that we are moving forward with this important cleanup and I remain committed to fighting for increased funding on the federal level for the Superfund program so that sites like this can be cleaned up at a faster pace."