Pollution and Cancer in Toms River, NJ

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Dan Fagin tells the true story of a small New Jersey town ravaged by industrial pollution. When a cluster of childhood cancers was scientifically linked to air and water pollution in Toms River, it spurred a decades-long struggle that culminated in 2001 with one of the largest legal settlements on toxic dumping. Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation is about the fight for justice and about the pioneering scientists and physicians who first identified pollutants as a cause of cancer.


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Comments [6]

Maura Williams from Dayton, OH

Dan Fagin is absolutely right. Toms River is not an isolated incident. This is going on under the radar in Ohio's Miami River. Appleton Papers in West Carrolton dumped toxic chemicals into unlined pits for years. A community of residents secretly settled a law suit for contaminated drinking water. In the agreement the homes on Hydraulic Rd were supposed to be hooked up to the municipal sewer and water system. To my knowledge this was never done. If the local wells were contaminated, it is only logical to assume they poisoned the Miami River too. Cancer rates are high and the workers in the plant paid a heavy price with chronic illnesses and premature death.

Appleton Papers is the largest manufacturer of carbonless copy and thermal paper. A subject Dan Fagin wrote about in a previous book.

Apr. 10 2013 07:16 AM

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Apr. 09 2013 06:37 PM

astounding guest/amazing show as usual.

will def buy this book

Apr. 09 2013 06:34 PM
Dick Hughes from New York City

Is there a contact address/number for Tom Fagin? - dh

Apr. 09 2013 12:46 PM

Aw...c'mon!!! Korporations™ NEVER put profits above children's' health!!!

Apr. 09 2013 12:43 PM
Sharon from Monmouth County, NJ

My father worked at the plan in Toms River when I was a child - in the 60's. He worked on diazo dyes. But he used to talk about the goldfish pond that the complany claimed all the treated water went through before it was discharged into the ocean. He said that the fish died all the time and had to be replaced. But the message delivered was that "see the water is safe for the goldfish so the water is clean!"

Apr. 09 2013 12:20 PM

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