A toxic industrial waste dump site was created by Ford Motor Company in the late 1960s and early 1970s when the company had a plant in Mahwah. It has twice been listed as a Superfund site by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
The site includes a portion of Ringwood State Park and the Hasenclever Trail in the area of the Peter’s Mine (Map 115 in North Jersey Trails map set). The Hasenclever Trail connects Ringwood and New Jersey Sterling Forest State Parks. Trail Conference volunteers opened the trail in 2006, but nearly a half-mile section of it in the Peter’s Mine area was closed almost immediately when toxic waste was discovered nearby.
See the EPA’s background summary at http://www.epa.gov/region2/superfund/npl/ringwood/
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August 23, 2011: Citizens' meeting in Ringwood with EPA on alternatives for dealing with cleanup/remediation/other of the site. There will be a 30-day public comment period following the meeting. EPA contact person is Pat Seppi 212- 637-3679, firstname.lastname@example.org