Editorial: Pompton Lakes plan has risks

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Pompton Lakes, EPA, new jersey

NORTHJERSEY.COM – Forgive the people of Pompton Lakes for being skeptical about the questionable pilot plan being floated to keep cancer-causing contamination that migrated off a nearby DuPont site from vaporizing up into their basements. You see, there is a history – in this case a long and painful history – regarding environmental cleanup in Pompton Lakes.

Indeed, the issues involving the contaminated groundwater under about 450 homes date back decades, to the time when DuPont ran a munitions factory in the area during North Jersey’s heavy industrial heyday. That factory dumped PCE and TCE, cancer-causing solvents, which spread to the groundwater in the adjacent neighborhood, which has significantly elevated cancer rates …

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