The Ringwood Mines/Landfill Superfund Site is over 500 acres and is home to the hard-working Ramapough Mountain Indian Tribe. The site includes large forested areas, meadows, abandoned mine shafts, historical structures, an inactive landfill, a municipal recycling center, portions of Ringwood State Park, and of course Ford Motor Company’s toxic waste.
The site was placed on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Priority List in 1982 and deleted in 1994. In other words, the USEPA declared it was clean despite over 45,000 tons of paint sludge and related soils being since removed from the Ringwood Mines/Landfill Superfund Site.
Among the resources available on the Ringwood Saga are excellent features by the New York Times, including a dramatic video, and the award-winning “Toxic Legacy” series by the Record and HBO’s dramatic documentary “Mann V. Ford” just released in July 2011.
Upper Ringwood is also a NJDEP petitioned Enviromental Justice community as of March 2005.
Is there a Superfund Site in your community? Visit the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s “My Environment” site and enter your zip code to learn more. Click here: USEPA My Environment