Tag Archive: PCBs

Don’t Go Into the Water

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.

April 15, 2006 News Roundup

  • Politics NJ’s count of how races are going to swing is up. Currently the U.S. Senate race is listed in the “Toss Up” category but with a chance of moving towards the “Leans Democratic” column.
  • After switching from Democratic to Republican parties candidate for East Hanover Town Council, Philip Maenza , is still not fully accepted as a true GOP member by sitting council members. They feel that Maenza is running on the Republican ticked, not because his values have changed, but because he has a better chance of winning as a Republican in Morris County.
  • Staunch environmentalist, Congressman Frank Pallone (D-NJ6), is calling for expedited cleaning of PCBs in the Raritan River that have been harming fish and have the potential to harm humans as well. PCBs were outlawed and are now classified as a possible carcinogen that  can cause nervous system disorders.
  • The smoking ban went into effect at 12:01 this morning. No smoking in bars, racetracks, bowling alleys, clubs and concert halls are just some of the provisions of the ban. Sorry smokers, maybe now is a good time to quit, no?
  • Governor Corzine’s sales tax hike has hit a major speed bump. Legislators from both sides of the aisle are strongly opposing it, and now rumors have started that it may not have enough votes to pass through the State Senate.

    Happy Saturday!!!