LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Gloucester Derby – November 2nd
Charles E. Wilson Jr., of Gloucester City

New EPA Data, Over 2,500 NJ Sites Potential Sources of PFAS; 4 Sites in Gloucester City, 33 Sites in Camden

 

GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (CNBNews)(October 20,2021)--The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released new data that shows that about 2,500 industrial sites in New Jersey could be potential sources of PFAS, or “forever” chemicals. These sites are located in every county in the state. Nationwide, over 120,000 sites were identified as companies that may be making, handling, or storing these dangerous chemicals. You can view the interactive map from Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) here. Screenshot of map below.

The four sites in Gloucester City include

Amspec Chemical Company, 751 Water Street and at the foot of Water Street,

Thermoseal Glass, 400-418 Water Street,

INDCO Inc., North Railroad and Essex Street.

The City of Gloucester City purchased the 22 acre AMSPEC property in 2009 for $5 million. The City had been trying to obtain the ground since December 15, 2005. Under a court settlement at the time the City, who had previously deposited $1.68 million with the court, paid AMSPEC an additional $550,000. The remaining balance, approximately $2.77 million was held until the property’s environmental issues were resolved. 

Apparently, according to this latest EPA report PFAS, or “forever” chemicals are still embedded in the property. The question remains did the mayor and council lose $5 million of the taxpayers monies by buying this property? It has been vacant for over a decade.

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CNBNews photo of AMSPEC CHEMICAL dated 2009, below, today the property is being used as a storage yard by contractors for PSEG.

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PFAS are chemicals used in products ranging from Teflon pans to stain-resistant clothing to firefighting foams. Many sites in New Jersey, like the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Willow Grove and Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst used fire fighting foams and have prevalent contamination of PFAS there. 

 

“The EPA's toxicity data strategy is a critical step to increase transparency with facilities using PFAS. These forever chemicals that cause liver and kidney problems, tumors and more have already infiltrated hundreds of drinking water systems and ground water sources in New Jersey. However, the other part in protecting the public and the environment from these harmful chemicals is effective cleanup measures and enforcement. NJDEP and the Attorney General should be holding these companies accountable through Natural Resource Damage (NRD) suits or using the NJ Spill Act,” said Taylor McFarland, Acting Director, Sierra Club New Jersey. “

Represented by the Progressive Workers Union (PWU).

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