U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck announced on August 8, 2012, that the EPA will safely demolish the E.C. Electroplating building at the Garfield Superfund site in New Jersey.
The building is contaminated with hexavalent chromium that is already reaching the basements of nearby residences and businesses through groundwater. Hexavalent chromium is extremely toxic, may cause cancer, and can cause damage to the nervous system.
"The EPA has done a great deal of work since 2002 to reduce the health risks to the people who live and work in the area of Garfield affected by chromium contaminated groundwater," said Enck. "Today we’re pleased to announce that we’re ready to take a step forward in the long-term cleanup of the Garfield Superfund site."
The EPA's Superfund program was established to clean up hazardous waste sites across the country. Equip workers with appropriate safety products, such as respiratory protection and protective clothing, to protect worker health and safety during hazardous waste clean up.