RelationsSitesRingwood Mines/Landfill Superfund SiteAdvisory (2007)
Advisory for the Consumption of Squirrels from the Ringwood Mines/Landfill
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) and the
New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) announce
the following site-specific recommendations regarding the consumption
of squirrels taken from the Ringwood Mines/Landfill Superfund site. The
recommendations are based on an analysis by NJDOH, NJDEP, the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency Region 2 and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease
Registry/National Center for Environmental Health. The EPA had found an
elevated level of lead in one of six squirrels taken from the site.
- Children should not eat squirrel meat taken from the Ringwood Mines/Landfill
Superfund site more than once per month.
- To protect the fetus, women of child-bearing age and pregnant women
should not eat squirrel meat taken from the Ringwood Mines/Landfill
Superfund site more than twice per month
- Other adults may eat squirrel meat taken from the Ringwood Mines/Landfill
Superfund site up to two times per week.
This advisory is intended to prevent elevations in blood lead levels
among people who may consume squirrels taken from the site. The recommendations
are based on a typical portion of approximately one-quarter pound of
squirrel meat per meal.
Representatives of all these agencies will be on hand at an EPA-sponsored
public information session scheduled for Tuesday, January 30 at 630 p.m
at the Ringwood Municipal Building. The purpose of the meeting is to provide
an overview of the site status and ongoing biota investigations. You are
encouraged to attend this session so we can address any of your concems.
Ringwood Mines/Landfill Superfund Site
Ringwood Borough, Passaic County
PI #: G000004537
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