Toms River : A Story Of Science And Salvation

Toms River : A Story Of Science And Salvation



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Summary: Recounts the decades-long saga of the New Jersey seaside town plagued by childhood cancers caused by air and water pollution due to the indiscriminate dumping of toxic chemicals. One of New Jersey's seemingly innumerable quiet seaside towns, Toms River became the unlikely setting for a decades-long drama that culminated in 2001 with one of the largest legal settlements in the annals of toxic dumping. A town that would rather have been known for its Little League World Series champions ended up making history for an entirely different reason: a notorious cluster of childhood cancers scientifically linked to local air and water pollution. For years, large chemical companies had been using Toms River as their private dumping ground, burying tens of thousands of leaky drums in open pits and discharging billions of gallons of acid-laced wastewater into the town's namesake river. Here the author, a journalist, recounts the sixty-year saga of rampant pollution and inadequate oversight that...  more »
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363.7384 FAGAdult NonfictionIn

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Content :

Prologue: Marking time -- The Ice Cream Factory. Pirates ; Insensible things ; First fingerprints ; Secrets ; Sharkey and Columbo at the Rustic Acres ; Cells ; On Cardinal Drive -- Breach. Water and salt ; Hippies in the kitchen ; The coloring contest ; Cases ; Acceptable risks ; Friends and neighbors -- Counting. Two wards, two hits ; Cluster busting ; Moving on ; Invisible trauma ; A cork in the ocean ; Expectations -- Causes. Outsiders ; Surrogacy ; Blood work ; Associations ; Legacies -- Afterword.



Physical Description :

xxiii, 542 pages : map ; 24 cm

Notes :
  • Originally published: New York : Bantam Books, 2013.
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 471-526) and index.
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