Wednesday, August 14, 2013

DuPont Danger Was Hidden Away

 In 1987, when John Sinsimer became mayor of Pompton Lakes, N.J., he had no idea about the contamination at a DuPont explosives plant and the fact that groundwater laced with toxic solvents was spreading under a nearby neighborhood. Hardly anyone was aware of it, although documents show DuPont and state environmental officials had been discussing it for several years. Three months into his term, Sinsimer learned about the contamination -- by accident -- when he found documents about DuPont locked in a Borough Hall file cabinet. His discovery led to the first public hearing about the contamination. Outraged borough officials and residents pressured the state Department of Environmental Protection to broaden the scope of testing, which helped uncover evidence that the pollution had spread much farther into a nearby neighborhood, poisoning wells, contaminating yards and threatening the health of residents.
"If [Sinsimer] hadn't come across those documents, who knows what would have happened," said Raymond Forrester, a former councilman.
Source: O'Neill, J. M. (2010, June 1). DuPont danger was hidden away. Record, The (Hackensack, NJ). Retrieved from EBSCOhost.

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