Friday, May 21, 2010

Chromium Found in Basements of New Jersey Homes

May 21, 2010 - About 80 residents gathered at Garfield City Hall on Thursday night to get answers from federal and state officials about a cancer-causing chemical that has contaminated 16 homes.

The community meeting, organized by the federal Environmental Protection Agency and the state Department of Health and Senior Services, followed the findings of a new round of tests on a chemical leak that has plagued Garfield for almost three decades. Officials announced Wednesday that harmful levels of chromium had contaminated 16 of 163 homes tested last year by the federal agency.

Bernice Riccio of Lincoln Place lives in one the 16 affected homes. On Thursday, she wondered if the groundwater that has contaminated her basement could be linked to the leukemia that killed her husband, Michael, two years ago.


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