Seeking EPA Involvement in
Trenton Water Works Chlorine Issue
With a lack of urgency from the
State of New Jersey, which regulates water quality, regarding “historic” low
chlorine levels detected in the Trenton Water Works’ Mercerville tower, Mayor
Kelly Yaede is seeking the involvement of the federal Environmental Protection
Due to the lack of response by
State officials, Mayor Yaede has reached out to EPA officials and requesting
their intervention, given the fact that State officials could not avail themselves
for a conference call to discuss action items and provide details on the State’s
response to chlorine information during recent years.
would State officials not be addressing this issue with a sense of urgency?
Proper chlorine levels in our drinking water is a health and safety issue. If the State of New Jersey is stalling its
response, it begs the question – what are they hiding?,” says
Mayor Kelly Yaede.
While State officials
have been unable to schedule a conference call, the Acting Commissioner of the
State Department of Health sent a written response that stated: “NJDOH (New Jersey Department of
Health) does not have the expertise to
monitor water systems or to comment on how/when/why water systems should be
evaluated or treated.”
Yet a 2010 media article
reported the following: “A report issued
by the state Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) earlier this month
now appears to pinpoint a potential cause: low chlorine levels in a Trenton
Water Works tank located near Route 33 and Whitehorse Mercerville Road in
“These two statements appear to directly contradict each
other; and that is very troubling to me,” Mayor Yaede responded to the Acting
Director, after Yaede called for State officials to immediately begin to conduct
official tests across the Trenton Water Works Service area, particularly in the
area serviced by the Mercerville tower.
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recent revelation by a State official of this ‘known’ and ‘ongoing’ low
chlorine history is what caused our concern. Clearly if State officials had a
report over a decade ago, one would expect that low chlorine levels would not
be tolerated over the past decade,” says Mayor Kelly Yaede.