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Garfield Chromium Ground Water Contamination
Garfield, NJ

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In the fall of 2008, and at the request of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJ DEP), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) began its investigation of potential chromium contaminated ground water in the City of Garfield, New Jersey. Initial surveys of homes and businesses were done to determine which had basements, water infiltration problems, or sump pumps so that samples could be taken. EPA has visited all properties in the area of concern (see "additional documents" for a map of this area), and samples were taken from more than 250 properties that were identified to have ground water infiltration problems.

EPA, in coordination with the Federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) and the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services (NJDHSS) evaluated the samples taken from properties within Garfield and the health risks associated with hexavalent chromium contamination.

Historically in Garfield, industrial facilities were located in close proximity to residential areas. These facilities included a tannery and chemical plant, and two electroplating companies. Some of these facilities used chromium in their processes, and it is suspected the ground water in the surrounding areas has become contaminated with chromium. In June 1993, chromium contaminated ground water and crystals were discovered in the basement of the Garfield Fire House #3. Since then, several other houses and business have had elevated levels of chromium in their basements due to ground water infiltration. EPA is continuing its ongoing site investigations to determine the potential sources, the extent of contamination, and levels of chromium.

If your property is within the area of concern, and you have not returned a questionnaire to EPA regarding your home or business you can find the questionnaire under "additional documents" or you can contact the Community Involvement Coordinator, Pat Seppi at
212-637-3679, 646-369-0068 or seppi.pat@epa.gov


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