Report: Paint Sludge Found in Ramapo River

The Ford Motor Company dumped the toxic sludge in several spots throughout the area while its plant was operating in Mahwah during the 1950's, 60's and 70's

Erosion of the Ramapo River’s banks during Hurricane Irene may be the reason paint sludge dumped in Rockland County years ago has fallen into the Ramapo River, NorthJersey.com reported.

The sludge, which was dumped by the Ford Motor Company, likely has not traveled downriver into Mahwah and the rest of Bergen County, but some environmental experts are calling for an investigation to make sure, the report said.

But, Ford has not committed to carrying out such an investigation, it said.

Since February, Ford has been involved in a clean-up project at one of its former dumping grounds in Ramapo, NY, NorthJersey.com reported. The sludge, which the company dumped in several spots across the area during the 1960’s and 70’s, contains several toxic chemicals, the report said.

According to the report, the company has added river clean-up to its project in Ramapo, but some environmentalists are calling for additional work to ensure that more remediation downriver is not necessary.

Ford operated an assembly plant in Mahwah from 1955 to 1982.

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