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Pompton Lakes Toxins

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Pompton Lakes, New Jersey (My9NJ) - The value of some homes in Pompton Lakes, New Jersey has plummeting over the last eight-years due to toxins in the area.

The location known as the DuPont Plume area has been designated by the EPA as toxic and apparently contaminated by PCE’s and TCE’s which are cancer causing agents, in both the soil and waterways.

Angry residents and members of the Citizens for a Clean Pompton Lakes group gathered to talk about what this means not only for the property value of their homes, but also their health.

“If they sell, they’re selling at a price that is very very low and really not even enough money depending on what your mortgage is to be able to move on and move your family into a safer community,” Lisa Riggiola explained.

About 540 properties have been affected by the contamination and DuPont is currently in their third process of trying to remediate the land. It is believed that DuPont has contaminated the land for over 100 years.

In 2001 DuPont was supposed to release documents stating that the land was contaminated, but they didn’t let residents know about this vapor intrusion until 2008. This is when the prices of homes in the area dropped significantly.

Resident Vijo Congura explains the difficulty he’s had trying to sell his home.

“I’ve been trying to sell my home since my wife passed away from cancer, that’s when we pretty much decided to get out of here, but we can’t, it’s impossible to sell our home, it’s impossible” he said.

Another local, Joe Intintola, was told some devastating news as a result of living in this area.

“The fall of ’08, after our homes were tested I received notice that I have cancer from the contamination that I was living in the home,” he said.

A Real estate expert with Weichert Realty explained that these homes could sell but, “It depends on the person and if they are open-minded and do their research, they might buy”.

DuPont has worked on installing mitigation and home filtering systems in the homes and the DEP has also stepped in to help alleviate the health concerns of residents.

One lawsuit has already been filed and more are expected to come as a result of fraudulent information with how DuPont handled the release of the vapor exposure.


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