- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 2, 2016

RINGWOOD, N.J. (AP) - Environmental officials have apologized to northern New Jersey residents for not divulging sooner the finding of a hazardous chemical at a Superfund site, where Ford Motor Co. dumped paint sludge decades ago.

The Record newspaper reports (https://bit.ly/1oOK8AT ) officials reiterated Tuesday at a meeting that the chemical poses no imminent health threat.

Environmental Protection Agency officials said they shouldn’t have waited three months to tell residents in Ringwood of the presence of 1,4-dioxane at concentrations in groundwater almost 100 times the state standard.

EPA officials say it’s unlikely the chemical’s discovery would stop a plan that would leave hundreds of thousands of tons of contamination under a protective barrier, rather than having it removed.

A Ford spokesman has said the company is working with regulators to assess the groundwater.

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Information from: The Record (Woodland Park, N.J.), https://www.northjersey.com

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