EPA officials prepare wells for testing at an old Superfund site in Ringwood

Engineering firms and EPA officials were in the area of Peter's Mind Road in upper Ringwood Monday to prepare monitoring wells for testing at an old Superfund site.

The wells were put in place after the area was thought to have been cleaned up, but neighbors say the land is far from clean. The Ford Motor Company once used the land as a dumping ground, leaving behind toxic paint sludge. Ringwood Councilwoman Joanne Atlas says the contamination is believed to be making residents, including members of the Ramapo Mountain Indians, sick.

The Ford Motor Company is working with the EPA to test the wells, which is expected to begin in two weeks. EPA officials say they are also working with Ford to look at the possibility of another cleanup project.

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