USA: EPA Finalizes Evor Phillips Cleanup Plan
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has finalized its plan to clean up contaminated ground water at the Evor Phillips Leasing Company Superfund site, a six-acre site in an industrial area of Old Bridge Township, New Jersey.
Past industrial activities contaminated the ground water with volatile organic compounds, which can have serious health effects. The cleanup plan requires that the ground water be treated to break down the contaminants to protect people’s health and the environment. The EPA held a public meeting on June 19, 2012 in Old Bridge to explain its plan and considered public input before finalizing it.
Some volatile organic compounds can cause cancer. The extent and nature of potential health effects depend on many factors, including the level and length of exposure to the pollution.
“The chemicals in the ground water at the Evor Phillips Superfund site pose health risks,” said EPA Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck. “Removing and treating them is the best way to protect the health of people who live and work in the area.”
Press Release, September 27, 2012