State to review cancer cases in Pompton Lakes

December 17, 2009 12:29:44 PM PST
State officials will expand a study of cancer cases in a northern New Jersey town that once was home to a DuPont munitions plant. A plume of toxic-laden groundwater has migrated from the site in Pompton Lakes.

The state Health Department issued a study showing elevated rates of kidney cancer among woman and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in men in the neighborhood above the groundwater plume.

The report could not conclusively link the cancers to the solvents that are contaminating the groundwater.

The solvents had been used at the factory in the northern end of the Passaic County town, which operated from the late 1800s until it was closed in 1994.

DuPont spokesman Robert Nelson says the company is working with experts to study groundwater cleanup methods.