Residents sue Ford Motor Company for 40 years worth of toxic exposure.
Ringwood, NJ (JusticeNewsFlash.com)–Ford Motor Company has been sued by local residents of Ringwood, New Jersey under accusations of contaminating the soil and groundwater by dumping toxic sludge. The shocking news was reported today by ABC News http://abcnews.go.com/ Cynthia McFadden and Ted Gerstein. Robert Kennedy, Jr., is one of the lawyers, on the legal team, representing the 650 residents filing the lawsuit against Ford Motor Company.
The locals refer to their own Ringwood town, as “Sludge Hill”. Residents claim in court documents they are now sick from growing up on a toxic waste dump. Ford is accused of repeatedly dumping car parts, paint, battery acid and chemicals for several decades. Rusted chemical tubs, whole body parts and visible auto paint remain present on the hill today. The once liquid sludge, now solid, remains laden with benzene, lead and arsenic, which are all heavy metals. These heavy metals are well known carcinogens and listed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as hazardous and cancer causing to humans.
The EPA has re-listed Ringwood located in Passaic County, New Jersey, on their Superfund list. http://www.epa.gov/superfund/ Ford was directed to clean up the mess decades ago. Environmental experts are still baffled. Many residents of “Sludge Hill” now have cancer. They are claiming cancer, asthma, various skin disorders and other illnesses are a direct result of living on a toxic waste dump. Executives at Ford are not denying they dumped the waste, which is still there. They are claiming it wasn’t illegal back in the 1960’s. No one can seem to account for how Ford has gotten away with not cleaning up their 40 year old mess. Environmental experts, lawyers, and medical experts, along with the citizens of Ringwood, are still questioning how anyone believed Ford, in 1994, when they claimed the area was cleaned.
Since Ford began to legitimately clean-up Ringwood, in 2006, water tests have come back safe. Attorneys for the injured victims of Sludge Hill claim too little too late; the damage has been done.
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