Monday, March 16, 2009

New Jersey to probe cancer cluster at Dupont Pompton Lakes

March 12, 2009 - POMPTON LAKES -- Mayor Katie Cole has requested the results of a state health study to see if cancer clusters exist among residents living above a plume of contamination in the borough's northeastern section.

Cole said she asked for the study of the entire plume -- some 437 homes -- but especially for Barbara Drive and Orchard Street, because residents "kept coming up at meetings to say there were numerous cases of cancer at those locations."

Testing last May by DuPont, whose former explosives factory is responsible for the contamination, revealed elevated levels of chemicals or "intrusive vapors" in the groundwater under as many as 400 buildings in the plume. The pollution is from the degreasers tetrachloroethylene (PCE) and trichloroethylene (TCE), which were used as cleaners by the factory. It operated in town between 1902 and 1994.

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