"I am proud to stand hand-in-hand with the members of the
"Superfund sites are toxic legacies that burden local communities and their economies for decades. Preventing pollution in the first place is the common sense approach. It is cheaper and protects the public and environment from future harm. But when the damage is already done, we need the superfund program and agencies committing enforcing air, water and land use laws," said
"We're here to support an extended clean-up for this Superfund Site to protect public health and make our drinking water safer. Dioxane is a serious threat to the town's public health and a threat to nearby water sources. It is important that the
"The Fair Lawn Well Field site, full of volatile organic compounds, is within 300 feet of several family homes and borders the
The plan will upgrade treatment systems to maximize the removal of contaminants, including 1,4-dioxane and other dangerous volatile organic compounds (VOCs), from groundwater and municipal wells. In addition to the long term effects of lowering health care costs to the surrounding community, the plan is also estimated to create almost 200 jobs assisting the
One in every six Americans lives within three miles of a Superfund cleanup site, including 18 percent of all children under the age of five - and
Since being elected to
One of the first pieces of legislations
Video of today's event can be found HERE.
Today, we are here to announce a critical investment in our community to hold polluters responsible and rehabilitate toxic damage done to our land, water, and air, beginning the final chapter in a forty year threat to the residents of
With this investment, northern
Today, more than anything, we are here to celebrate a win for clean drinking water for our children, for our seniors, and for our families. This will also mean new jobs, higher property values in newly cleaned space, improved wellness, and lowered health care costs.
In 1978, pollutants were detected in
Thirty five years ago last month, as a result of those investigations, the
Through the Superfund program, polluters are held responsible for causing toxic damage to our land, water, and air. This Superfund cleanup was meant to fast-track the elimination of soil and groundwater contamination here - just like thirty five other sites that have been reclaimed across
For the better part of four decades now - as administrations and competing parties have played partisan politics with the
Clean drinking water for our kids - clean air to for our families - should never be a partisan issue. Democrat or a Republican, I think we can all agree that polluters should be held accountable for their toxic messes and that we must not allow these dormant environmental catastrophes to continue to threaten our communities.
And it's no wonder the families of
Or earlier this year, when the Star Ledger wrote, "Not just
Or recent investigations like that at the
Our friends and neighbors in
They are tired of fearing what their families might be drinking out of the tap.
And they are tired of the threat of this site on their homes, health, and future in
Their advocacy is key to why we get to stand here today. They deserve better - and it's about time they got meaningful results.
In recognition of those voices, the
Ultimately, if this goes as planned, this means that our water supply will no longer be a risk to our friends and neighbors.
It means expanded groundwater and soil treatment to make this space livable and usable again, whether for new small businesses or for expanded open spaces for our kids and families.
And it means a town that has lived under threat of whatever past polluters carelessly left behind here can once again revitalize this park and surrounding area.
I'm proud to have worked hand in hand with local officials like those here with us today and the
That's why, since being elected to
Earlier this year, I pushed for more federal resources for the Reducing Lead in Drinking Water grant program, the Hazardous Substance Superfund Account, the
One of my first pieces of legislation that I introduced in
In fact, I sent another letter to
Again, today's announcement is a victory for
One out of six Americans live within three miles of a Superfund cleanup site, including 18 percent of all children in the
And 39 of those sites are in the
Rehabilitation here will be another critical step in protecting
Investments like the one provided today by the
Completing the clean up on this site means fulfilling our promise to our children.
It is a down payment not only on our community's health - one which will help lower health care costs of all generations present and future by eliminating exposure to toxic substances - but also on our economic prosperity and growth.
On this site alone, the
And across Region 2, Superfund sites - including those in
In the long term, this nearly
Restored Superfund sites in Region 2--and we look forward to adding this site to that list--generate over
And beyond the economic benefits here in
Thank you, God bless you, and may God continue to bless