GARFIELD, NJ (WCBS 880) – Should residential sections of Garfield be designated a Superfund site?

LISTEN: WCBS 880’s Sean Adams reports

Dangerous levels of chromium have many residents questioning their safety.

Federal officials will field questions at a meeting tonight.

Cancer-causing chromium from Garfield’s industrial past is in the ground water, and has seeped into some basements.

Debbie Laturzo will be at the meeting. She lives next door to E.C. Electroplating, the suspected source.

“I’m interested to see tonight, you know, if they’re taking care of all the houses that have it,” Laturzo told WCBS 880 reporter Sean Adams. “Our house, we had like 0-0-0-0 pointage. We really weren’t in a dangerous zone.”

The EPA has claimed a dozen contaminated homes, including a building where the level of chromium was 2,500 times what’s deemed safe.

LINK: EPA Information on the Garfield Chromium Situation

An advisory warns residents not venture into the basement if it has not been tested.

The meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 6, 2010 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Roosevelt School #7, 225 Lincoln Avenue, Garfield, NJ 07026.

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