Mansfield Trail dump site info sessions scheduled

| 15 Feb 2012 | 10:33

BYRAM — Two information sessions have been scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 8, regarding the Mansfield Trail toxic waste site from 2-4 p.m. and 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the municipal building on Mansfield Drive in Byram. Representatives from the EPA, DEP, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry and the NJ Department of Health and Senior Services will be present to discuss the hazards of the site, testing for contaminated homes, remediation, cleanup and health hazards. Maps and photos will be available and a power point presentation will be given at 7 p.m. All representatives will be answering questions from the public. The location of the toxic dump site is above the East Brookwood section of Bryam and has been found to contain high amounts Trichloroethylene (TCE), a solvent known to cause cancer and contribute to other health problems including liver, heart and neurological damage. TCE has leached from the site and has affected 18 homes in the area. More testing is being done to identify any other affected areas and residences. Trichloroethylene C2HCl3 A nonflammable colorless liquid with a sweet odor similar to ether or chloroform. Uses Vapor degreasing of metal parts Extraction solvent for greases, oils, fats, waxes, and tars Typewriter correction fluids, paint removers/strippers, adhesives, spot removers, and rug-cleaning fluids Used in the past as a general anesthetic Symptoms of exposure Sleepiness, fatigue, headache, confusion, and feelings of euphoria. Effects on the liver, kidneys, gastrointestinal system, and skin have also been noted.