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DuPont operated a munitions plant in Pompton Lakes, New Jersey, from
1902 until 1994. The plant manufactured ammunition for the federal
government. A community was constructed near the plant to house DuPont
Investigations began in the 1980’s of the soil, groundwater, and
streams in the area as residents complained of odors and strange taste
in the drinking water. The result was devastating. They found lead,
mercury, Tetrachloroethene, Trichloroethene, and other dangerous
substances in the soil and water. The last two are chlorinated solvents.
DuPont was ordered to decontaminate the entire region. The area of the
former plant and the community which supported it covers more than 600
DuPont’s first effort to remove the Tetrachloroethene, (PCE), and
Trichloroethene, (TCE), from rivers and streams in the area involved a
process whereby microorganisms were mixed with vegetable oil. The idea
was that the microorganisms would consume the solvents; the vegetable
oil was food. It failed miserably. Cleanup efforts have started and stopped for more than two decades.
Pompton Lakes has approximately 11,000 residents. Longtime residents
report multiple nervous conditions and behavioral problems. The
community also suffers an unusually high number of cancers; primarily
kidney and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Health Department records from 1979
through 2008 revealed that women from Pompton Lakes and the surrounding
area receive treatment for tumorous cancers at a rate 40 percent higher
than other communities, and men are hospitalized for numerous causes at a
23 percent higher rate than others.