September 23, 2008
State Says Toxin Levels Low at Site
By ELAINE D'AURIZIO, STAFF WRITER
POMPTON LAKES -- In a recent conversation with The Record, staff members of the state Department of Environmental Protection reported the following about the chemical contamination beneath a local neighborhood:
No sampling results they have seen so far, they said, "would pose a significant threat."
* They still are collecting information based on DuPont's testing and reviewing it as it comes in, but they still don't have groundwater data.
"We don't have the big picture yet," said Larry Hajna, DEP public information officer. "Our immediate goal is to ensure that the air residents are breathing is OK. But as soon as we have more data, which is expected by late fall, we will inform residents of those findings."
* They report seeing some dissipation or decreasing levels of groundwater pollution, the source of the chemical vapors rising toward home foundations.
* Because the intensity of contamination beneath the residential neighborhood is relatively low, it poses no problem for the adjacent Pompton Lake.
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