EPA unveils $3.4M plan to treat toxic groundwater near Wanaque Reservoir in Ringwood

Ringwood Superfund Site, topo map

SCOTT FALLON / NORTHJERSEY.COM – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency unveiled a $3.4 million plan on Thursday to reduce toxic chemicals in groundwater at the Ringwood Superfund site near the Wanaque Reservoir where Ford Motor Co. dumped industrial waste 50 years ago.

But the EPA’s proposal to falls short of a call last year by the North Jersey District Water Supply Commission, which operates the reservoir, to siphon the water and treat it at the surface.

“This was not what the commission had originally asked for, but we’re certainly going to evaluate this to see if it gets us to the same place but just in a different way,” said Bill Maer, a spokesman for the commission that supplies drinking water to 2 million residents …

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