Senator Carper Statement on EPA’s Proposal of Newark Site to Superfund’s National Priorities List

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.), top Democrat on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, released the following statement regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) announcement that it is proposing to add the Newark South Groundwater Plume site in Newark, Delaware to the National Priorities List (NPL) of Superfund sites.

EPA will be accepting public comments on the proposal here for 60 days. Delawareans can also learn more about the site at a public meeting with EPA officials on Tuesday, August 15 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Newark Senior Center (200 White Chapel Drive in Newark).

“This announcement is a step in the right direction. Like so many states across the country, Delaware has seen the benefits of the Superfund program firsthand. Not only do these cleanups reduce public health risks, but they also help to revitalize communities and spur economic development. It is critical that the Superfund program has the resources necessary to do this work.

“Now, the residents of the First State have the opportunity to make their voices heard. Starting today, the public will have 60 days to comment on EPA’s proposal. I encourage all Delawareans, especially those who will be impacted by this project, to share their thoughts with EPA and help ensure that local input is included in the final plans for the project.”

To submit a comment on the Newark South Ground Water Plume proposal, click here. Comments must be submitted on or before October 2, 2017.