In the late 1960s, Ford used the Ringwood site as a dumping ground for paint sludge and industrial waste generated by a manufacturing plant it operated at the time in Mahwah. During that period, the factory produced millions of gallons of paint sludge.
Four times the federal Environmental Protection Agency ordered a cleanup, and four times the community was told their land was clean. Each time, residents found paint sludge — gooey waste that weathered into gray slabs — in parkland, in their hunting grounds or in yards.
Ford has removed nearly five times the amount of pollution it hauled out in previous cleanups of its old dumpsite. But despite government assurances that the work will finally be done right, Ford may once again be allowed to leave contamination in an area that serves as the watershed for 2.5 million North Jersey residents.
In one place in particular, the abandoned iron mines that honeycomb the area, it appears that the government may allow contamination to remain without ever determining the extent of the paint sludge that was dumped there.
In the last six years, Ford contractors removed more than 47,000 tons of paint sludge and tainted soil.
Realize that 47 thousand tons is not the total they dumped into the area, illegally, immorally, and obscenely... it's just how much they've been forced to clean up in the last 6 years. A lot remains in the abandoned iron mines Ford used to dump the millions of gallons mentioned in the article. A million gallons weighs 8 million pounds, is 4000 tons. Check all the math to see that 47k tons is 94 million gallons.
94 million gallons has been removed, and they aren't finished. The area is a cancer causing mess due to Ford dumping paint sludge into a residential area, not a hazardous material toxic treatment facility.
information found on http://www.northjersey.com/recap/121210ringwoodrevisited.html from an article at http://lostinjersey.wordpress.com/2010/12/15/ford-payouts-dont-make-up-for-the-damage-they-inflicted/
and Lost in New Jersey was found from a favorite non automotive blog I'm addicted to reading http://www.scoutingny.com