Menendez, Booker urge openness at EPA

Menendez, Booker urge openness at EPA


By:  Scott Fallon
The Record


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency needs to keep those living near toxic sites better informed of new developments after the agency waited months to tell Ringwood residents that another dangerous chemical had been found at the Ford Superfund site, Sens. Bob Menendez and Cory Booker said Thursday.

In a letter to a top EPA official, the New Jersey lawmakers said the agency should improve its public disclosure policies to ensure a more transparent and timely release of information to people who live near the state’s record 113 Superfund sites...

...In their letter, Menendez and Booker said Ringwood residents deserve "full transparency" from the EPA.

"Even in instances where EPA determines that there is no believed immediate threat to public health, it is imperative that communities are made aware of developments concerning the discovery of new contaminants in a timely manner," they wrote to Judith Enck, who oversees the EPA in New Jersey and New York.

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