Archives for the day of: January 13, 2011

From Bergen County Record:

Fearful that pollution from a nearby DuPont factory is harming their health and property values, a growing number of Pompton Lakes residents want the company to guarantee the price of their homes — or buy them out.

“People feel trapped. They can’t sell without disclosing the contamination, they still have to pay high taxes. What would draw people to buy here?” said Regina Sisco, who lives in the contaminated area.

The cancer-causing solvents TCE and PCE that DuPont once used at its Pompton Lakes munitions facility have contaminated the groundwater underneath 450 homes. Those solvents are vaporizing up through the soil into some houses.

DuPont has been installing vapor mitigation systems on the homes, and the company will test a possible cleanup treatment for the groundwater in several months. A full cleanup won’t take place for years.

Some residents, alarmed by a state health study that found elevated cancer rates among neighborhood residents, want to get out — and they want DuPont to pay.

“A lot of people would be interested because we don’t see an end to this in our lifetimes,” said Sisco, a co-founder of Pompton Lakes Residents for Environmental Integrity. “I just don’t have it in me. I just want out.”

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From Documentary Website:

“Home, sweet home.” Most people would say that they feel safest in the comfort of their own homes. The skies could open up and pour down acid rain, the smelters might be spewing clouds of ash and dust, a thick layer of vehicular emissions might blanket the cities, but we remain healthy and happy in our sheltered environments.

But, surprise, surprise. UP CLOSE AND TOXIC reveals that the great indoors is not as safe as we’ve been lulled into thinking. Toxicologists have found that the levels of most indoor air pollutants exceed those found outdoors – even in our most polluted cities. We know very little about the long term or cumulative effects of our indoor exposure. Cleaning products, pesticides, paint dust, lead particles in the carpet, plastic toys…UP CLOSE AND TOXIC provides an informative wake-up call in an entertaining manner, makes the sources of indoor pollution easy to understand, and provides tips for safer practices, materials, and cleaning agents.

From Earth Justice:

Coal-fired power plants are poisoning our rivers, lakes and streams with coal ash, a waste product that contains arsenic, mercury, and lead. Coal ash poisons fish, making them unsafe to eat. For decades, power plants have carelessly dumped coal ash into ponds and landfills that leak into our rivers and streams. It’s time for the EPA to set strong safeguards that classify coal ash as hazardous waste—because that’s exactly what it is.

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