EPA Reaches Agreement
With Ford Motor Company To Reinvestigate New Jersey Site
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has reached an agreement with the Ford Motor Company, requiring Ford to reevaluate the extent of contamination remaining at the Ringwood Mines/Landfill Superfund site located in Ringwood, NJ. Ford has removed more than 13,000 tons of waste materials from the site, including heavy metals, VOCs and low levels of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). EPA has determined that further investigation of the contamination is necessary because additional wastes have been found at the site.
The approximately 455-acre site operated as an iron mine from the 1700s through the 1930s. In 1965, a subsidiary of Ford purchased property in Ringwood, which is now part of the site. From 1967-1971, Fords waste hauler disposed of waste materials at the site from its nearby Mahwah automobile assembly plant, including paint sludge and waste contained in drums.
EPA selected a long-term cleanup plan for the site in September 1988. Since known areas of paint sludge had been removed and contaminants from the site were not entering the public water supply, EPA selected a cleanup plan consisting of long-term environmental monitoring. With EPA oversight, Ford initiated the long-term monitoring program in 1989. The results showed that the site no longer posed a threat to the public or environment, and EPA formally deleted the site from the NPL in November 1994.
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