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Paper Title:  

History of Toxicity: Ford Motor Mahwah Assembly Plant Waste Disposal and the Munsee Ramapough Lenape in Ringwood, NJ.

Author Biography:

Aaron Barthold is a 4th year student at Rutgers University – Newark. He is in the BA/MA History program in the Federated History Department at RU-N and NJIT.  Aaron grew up in a town in Northern New Jersey that itself has 5 sites listed on the EPA’s superfund list for Bergen County, the same town has the major Water and Sewage Treatment Center for the area as well as a PSE&G Substation Switching Post, basically a large field of transformers that require HAZMAT every time a fire occurs.  He grew up in and around the site where the Mahwah Ford Motor Assembly Plant was located, as well as having family members who experienced cancer among other medical issues that was caused by various chemicals agents that were dumped between 1955 to 1982. He grew up hearing stories about the dumping that had happened and being on the physical site visiting immediate family members who worked in the companies who took over the site for their offices.

Project Site Description:

The Mahwah Ford Motor Assembly Plant paid locals and municipalities to remove paint sludge and other toxic chemical wastes from its plants, dumping it in the woods around a few locations in Northern New Jersey and Southern New York State.  The site at the old Ringwood mines has been listed as a Superfund site by the EPA not just once, but twice. The people who live in these major dumping locations have high rates of Cancers, Asthma, Diabetes, and the life expectancy of the area is much lower than others nearby. What are the factors that have left this location and the families who reside there left unaddressed for decades? This site does not just affect those who live there, but also plays a major part in the water supply for millions of people who do not know about the contaminations that occurred that has affected and will continue to affect multiple generations.


            Indigenous, Toxics, Factories, Soil, Water