Residents in Garfield are living in fear after the federal government said it doesn’t have the money to clean up land contaminated by cancer-causing chromium.
Pelham Bay landfill was eventually designated a federal Superfund site. Twelve children who lived nearby developed cancer — three of whom died.
The old factory spilled cancer-causing chromic acid into the groundwater and potentially into the nearby Passaic River. The toxic water polluted more than a dozen nearby homes.
Dangerous levels of chromium have many Garfield residents questioning their safety and federal officials will field questions at a meeting tonight.