Clean Up New Jersey Superfund Site

Target: EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson

Goal: To clean and protect the Cornell Dubilier Superfund Site in South Plainfield, New Jersey.

As perhaps the most environmentally harmful area in Middlesex County, the 26-acre Cornell Dubilier Superfund Site is in dire need of an EPA cleanup effort. Contamination from the former manufacturing facility of extremely toxic polychlorinated biphenyl (also known as PCB) capacitors has left the site as an extreme environmental hazard.

While PCBs are extremely useful for electrical devices because of their insulating properties and the fact that they do not degrade appreciably over time, these same benefits make them extremely dangerous when released into the environment. These chemicals are prone to accumulating in the fatty tissues of animals and as they do not readily break down, can easily build to harmful levels.

The level of these PCB deposits within the Cornell Dubilier Superfund Site have been found to be high enough that a “do not eat anything” advisory has been given for all species of fish and shellfish within the nearby Bound Brook. This brook feeds into other connecting waterways that are still fished in such as Spring Lake and New Market. Not only does this prove how these PCB levels are destructive to the environment, but also how potentially harmful the toxic residue is to local residents as well.

This PCB contamination is contributing to the 825-acre toxic groundwater plume in the region. Amazingly, the EPA has thus far elected to only monitor and not act upon this inherent danger. This is entirely unacceptable. The EPA needs to conduct a full cleanup of the site to protect residents of Middlsex County from this dangerous toxic contamination. All chemicals and contaminants must be removed in a safe and secure fashion that does not further pollute surrounding groundwater. Please lend your voice in asking that the EPA do its part and not allow the Cornell Dubilier Superfund Site to remain a toxic hazard.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Administrator Jackson,

Within Middlsex County in New Jersey is a location known as the Cornell Dubilier Superfund Site. This 26-acre site was once a manufacturing facility for polychlorinated biphenyl capacitors. Unfortunately polychlorinated biphenyl, also known as PCB, is a highly toxic environmental contaminant.

While these PCBs are extremely useful in the manufacturing of electronics due to both their insulating properties and the fact that they do not degrade appreciably over time, these same benefits make them extremely dangerous when released into the environment. These chemicals readily accumulate in the fatty tissues of animals, and as they do not readily break down, can easily build to harmful levels.

The Cornell Dubilier Superfund Site has been found to be an extremely dangerous source of this type of chemical contamination. These levels are high enough that that a “do not eat anything” advisory has been given for all species of fish and shellfish within the nearby Bound Brook. Given that this brook feeds into other connecting waterways that are still fished in such as Spring Lake and New Market, the potential for the toxic chemical to reach local residents is quite high. Should this chemical seep into the groundwater supply it could have even further-reaching implications beyond the local region.

This is entirely unacceptable. The EPA must pursue a course of action far more aggressive than simply monitoring groundwater contamination in the region. This site must be cleaned and decontaminated so as to not provide any future harm to the environment. Protect Middlesex County and clean the PCB contamination at the Cornell Dubilier Superfund Site.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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