Not to cause alarm here, but if I lived in Paramus I’d be thinking twice before going to the municipal pool. A new report has found elevated levels of PCBs and pesticides at that site. But, not to worry, the Mayor’s spokesman can talk out of both sides of his mouth simultaneously:
However, Keith Furlong, a borough spokesman, said Mayor James Tedesco and the borough council are now considering how to best clean up the pool.
“It doesn’t matter what the levels are,” he said. “This is something that’s proactively being taken care of. These are levels that have been there for tens of years.”
Um, yeah. If the problem has been there for decades, then “proactive” really isn’t the word of choice I’d use to describe the problem. In fact, the tests were only conducted in reaction to a similar test that found contamination at West Brook Middle School. I applaud the Mayor for taking swift action to further study the problem – it’s better than burying the report. But given that the source of the contamination hasn’t been identified, I’m going to say it isn’t really proactive enough.