South Plainfield Cleanup Plan Finalized (USA)

South Plainfield Cleanup Plan Finalized

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has finalized its plan to address contaminated ground water at the Cornell-Dubilier Electronics Superfund site in South Plainfield, New Jersey to prevent its use as a source of drinking water.

In response to public input, the EPA is changing its proposed plan by deferring action on a portion of the ground water that may be adversely affecting the Bound Brook until further information is collected. The ground water affected by the site became contaminated with volatile organic compounds and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) from past industrial activities.

Volatile organic compounds can cause serious damage to people’s health. PCBs are likely cancer causing chemicals and can have serious neurological effects. Under an action announced by the EPA this week, the ground water will be monitored and its use will be restricted.

The EPA held a public meeting on August 7, 2012 in South Plainfield to explain its plan. The EPA took public comment for 60 days and considered public input before finalizing the plan.

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Press Release, October 12, 2012

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