WASHINGTON—U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-08) today applauded the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its intention to remove the Glen Ridge and Montclair/West Orange Radium Superfund sites from the Superfund National Priorities List (NPL).
Pascrell, who worked closely with local community leaders since 1997 cutting through bureaucratic red-tape to complete these projects offered the following statements;
“It took many years, countless site visits, long community meetings and a number of contentious phone calls with government officials to reach this point. I am relieved that these sites have finally been delisted and happy for the people living in these communities,” stated Pascrell. “No longer will families in these communities have to worry about the environmental quality of the parks that their children play in or the effects of radon on their health and property value.”
A public comments period on the proposed deletion of the Glen Ridge and Montclair/West Orange Radium Superfund sites from the NPL began on April 28th and will extend 30 days.
“I know how active each community has been in pursuing the completion of these projects and encourage residents to voice any comments during this public comment period,” stated Pascrell.
“Removal of these sites from the Superfund list was driven by a strong civic spirit and sustained by major sacrifices from so many families. I am proud to have worked with the people of Glen Ridge, Montclair and West Orange to reach this point and congratulate each township for working so hard to vastly improve their communities,” concluded Pascrell.