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E.I. DuPont De Nemours (DuPont Pompton Lakes Works), Pompton Lakes, Passaic County

This page provides residents and physicians information related to the DuPont site and the chemicals associated with the site.

If you have questions, please call the Environmental and Occupational Health Surveillance Program at 609-826-4984 or Email us

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Health Reports and Citizen’s Guides/Community Documents

The New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) and the federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) collaborate on Health Assessments and Consultations that attempt to:

  • identify actual and possible human exposure to contaminated sites, and
  • determine the potential health effects those exposures could cause.

Citizen’s Guides are summaries of the documents.

April 2010: Pompton Lakes Cancer Incidence Analysis, 1979-2007 [pdf 34k]

December 2009: Pompton Lakes Community Meeting Questions and Answers [pdf 92k]

December 2009: Health Consultation: Dupont Pompton Lakes Works Site - Analysis of the Vapor Intrusion Pathway in the Pompton Lakes Neighborhood Impacted by the Dupont Groundwater Contamination [pdf 2m]

       A Citizen’s Guide to the Vapor Intrusion Health Consultation [pdf 352k]

December 2009: Health Consultation: Analysis of Cancer Incidence in the Pompton Lakes Neighborhood Impacted by the Dupont Groundwater Contamination [pdf 398k]

       A Citizen’s Guide to the Cancer Incidence Health Consultation; December 2009 [pdf 48k]

March 1998 (published date): Lead and Mercury Exposure Screening of Children in Pompton Lakes [pdf 2m] -- As recommended in the January 1994 Public Health Assessment, the NJDOH and ATSDR tested children in the Acid Brook area for lead and mercury exposures, and compared them to children living in other parts of Pompton Lakes. The study was conducted in the Summer of 1994.

January 1994: Public Health Assessment – Conducted by ATSDR

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Community Advisory Group for Health (Health CAG)

Meeting Purpose and Ground Rules [pdf 14k]

Meeting Summaries:


September 2011 [pdf 11k]

August 2011 [pdf 16k]

July 2011 [pdf 78k]

May 2011 [pdf 79k]

March 2011 [pdf 22k]

February 2011 [pdf 22k]


March 2010 Summary [pdf 26k]

May 2010 Summary [pdf 20k]<

July 2010 Summary [pdf 18k]

December 2010 Summary [pdf 27k]

Meeting Dates and Agendas:

September 2011 [pdf 12k]

August 2011 [pdf 107k]

July 2011 [pdf 107k]

May 2011 [pdf 107k]

April 28, 2011
Public Availability Session for Pompton Lakes Residents
[pdf 9k]

March 2011

February 2011 [pdf 16k]

Meeting Handouts:

Population Information [pdf 15k]

Health Survey Draft:

Draft Household Survey Template Preliminary Method Summary and Data Analysis Plan [pdf 17k]

Draft Household Survey Template [pdf 40k]


Pompton Lakes Health CAG Meeting – Physician Feedback Survey Summary March 22, 2011 [pdf 13k]

Environmental Exposure and Health Effects TCE and PCE:
  - Presentation to physicians by Dr. Michelle Watters,
     ATSDR [pdf 497k]
  - Handout provided to physicians by Dr. Michelle
     Watters, ATSDR[pdf 140k]

Community Meeting [ppt 344k]

Health Data Sets and Resources [pdf 933k]

Public Health Response Plan [pdf 181k]

Toxicological Information for Contaminants of Concern [pdf 387k]

Preliminary Analyses of Mortality, Community Health Profile, Pompton Lakes, NJ [pdf 50k]

Preliminary Analyses of Birth Outcomes, Community Health Profile, Pompton Lakes, NJ [pdf 29k]

Preliminary Analyses of Hospitalization and Emergency Department Use, Community Health Profile, Pompton Lakes, NJ [pdf 50k]

Preliminary Analyses of Childhood Lead Exposure, Community health Profile, Pompton Lakes, NJ [pdf 103k]

Preliminary Analyses of Cancer Incidence, Community Health Profile, Pompton Lakes, NJ [pdf 40k]

NATA and NJDEP Maps [ppt 2m]

National-Scale Air Toxics Assessments [pdf 54k]

NATA Ranks PL and NJ Tables [pdf 194k]

Summary of Timetable: 2011 Health CAG Meetings and Other Activities [pdf 18k]

Fact Sheets:

Cancer Concerns in Communities [pdf 15k]

Explanation of Standardized Incidence Ratios [pdf 14k]

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Resources on Chemicals and Environmental Contaminants

Especially for Health Care Providers:

Case Studies in Environmental Medicine The ATSDR has developed instructional materials to help health care providers evaluate potentially exposed patients and better understand specific chemicals in the environment.

Case Studies: Taking an Exposure History
Case Studies : Pediatric Environmental Health

Case Studies : Tetrachloroethylene (PCE)
Case Studies: Trichloroethylene (TCE)

Visit the Case Studies in Environmental Medicine web site for a complete list of resources.

Visit the ATSDR Toxic Substances Portal for detailed information on specific chemicals. The chemicals related to the DuPont groundwater plume are listed in the section below.

For health care providers and residents:

Toxic Substances Portal -- The ATSDR has organized many resources into portals that contain materials on each chemical and environmental contaminant. Materials include:

Toxicological Profiles – Detailed profiles on more than 300 hazardous substances found at contaminated sites. Profiles review studies on individual or related groups of compounds, describe animal and human studies and effects by exposure routes, and provide information on human populations more likely to be exposed, and populations that may have higher risks from exposures.

Find a complete list at the ATSDR Toxicological Profile Website.

  • Public Health Statements – Each statement summarizes the Toxicological Profile for that chemical.
  • Tox FAQs: Fact sheets answer the most common questions about each chemical.
  • ToxFAQs CABS (Chemical Agent Briefing Sheet): Although these are not available for all chemicals, they are short but very informative fact sheets on the individual chemical of concern.

The chemicals below are related to the DuPont groundwater plume. Visit the Portal for that chemical to learn more:

Carbon Tetrachloride
Methylene Chloride
Tetrachloroethylene (PCE)
Trichloroethylene (TCE)
Vinyl Chloride


Methyl tert-butyl ether

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Resources on Health Conditions

General questions about children’s health and the environment:
Mt. Sinai Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit
(866) 265-6201

Web resources:

NJDOH Cancer Epidemiology Services
National Cancer Links

Documents on cancer and environmental exposures:

11th Report on Carcinogens, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services --
The Table of Contents links to profiles of chemicals and other agents known or reasonably suspected to cause cancer.

Cancer and the Environment: What You Need to Know, What You Can Do. Released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities:
Web resources:

NJDOH Division of Family Health Services
National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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Links to Related Agencies

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection -
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

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