US EPA: Toxic chemical again found at Ford Superfund site in New Jersey

A newly released report says a dangerous chemical has again been detected at a Superfund site in New Jersey where Ford Motor Co. dumped paint sludge decades ago.

The Record reports the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says 1,4-dioxane was detected at the Ringwood Superfund site in August. The amount and location are similar to those found earlier this year.

The EPA says the chemical, which is believed to cause cancer, was found in concentrations above the state’s groundwater standard.

A small amount was also detected offsite at a Ringwood State Park pond. The report released on Thursday says there were no detections downstream toward the Wanaque Reservoir.

Further tests haven’t been scheduled. An EPA spokesman says the agency plans to issue cleanup options for the contaminated water next summer.

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