Target:
Ringwood Borough Mayor and Council
Region:
United States of America
Website:
www.northjersey.com

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For more than 30 years, the Ringwood Mines/Landfill Superfund site has been a blight on the community. Although it was once removed from the EPA's National Priority List, it is the only Superfund in the program's history to be relisted here.

Since being placed on the National Priority List for a second time, more than 47,000 tons of contaminated waste has been removed from the site and new chemical contaminants have been discovered in the groundwater near the site.

Now, as new contaminants are still being found near the site, the Ringwood Borough mayor and council have decided to cap the site as is rather than fully remediate it as the EPA originally recommended. We now demand that our elected officials act according to the will of the people and participate actively in the full remediation of the site.


In accordance with our rights under the Optional Municipal Charter Act (N.J.S.A. 40:69A-1, et seq), we, the people of the borough of Ringwood, NJ, introduce the following ordinance regarding the Ringwood Mines/Landfill Superfund site:

Whereas the EPA’s original recommendations for the Ringwood Mines/Landfill Superfund site called for the complete removal of contaminants AND

Whereas the Ringwood Borough mayor and council have instead requested permission from the EPA to cap the sites instead and construct a new recycling center over them AND

Whereas the Ringwood Mines/Landfill Superfund site is the only site in our nation’s history to be removed from the National Priorities List and then included again after the EPA’s admission that it was still contaminated AND

Whereas the Ringwood Borough mayor and council constitute a governing body elected by the people, for the people of Ringwood Borough AND

Whereas we the people of Ringwood Borough oppose the mayor and council’s plans to cap the site for reasons including but not limited to the environmental and health hazards the heavy metals and chemicals found at the site pose for the community at large and the further environmental injustices it will promote for the Ramapo Lenape Turtle Clan in our community, a group recognized by the EPA as an Environmental Justice community AND

Whereas the EPA is continuing to investigate the extent to which the contaminant 1,4 Dioxane, recently discovered at the site, poses further threats to the environment and to the health of the people of Ringwood Borough, including further environmental injustices to protected groups,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED by the Municipal Council of the Borough of Ringwood, County of Passaic, State of New Jersey as follows:

No facility, present or future, shall be built on or near the Ringwood Superfund site AND

The Ringwood Borough mayor and council will withdraw their request to the EPA to allow the building of the recycling center AND

The Ringwood Borough mayor and council will comply with the EPA’s original assessment of the site and participate actively in the full remediation of the areas collectively known as the Ringwood Mines/Landfill Superfund site.

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