Toms River

Toms River

A Story of Science and Salvation

Book - 2013
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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.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, c2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780553806533
055380653X
Branch Call Number: 363.7209749 F155t 2013
Characteristics: xv, 538 p. : map ; 25 cm

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Join the discussion on June 11, 2017. Way before the lead in Detroit's water, and Portland's air and schools, before OSHA, and when the EPA was only in its infancy, there was Toms River. Investigative journalism at its finest. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction, 2014.

For years, large chemical companies had been using Toms river as their private dumping ground. And when the alarming incidents of childhood cancers were brought to the attention of authorities, nothing happened...at least, at first.


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Dec 19, 2016

Tom's River describes a slow-motion pollution catastrophe unfolding over decades in New Jersey, as families of children with brain tumors slowly unfold the potential chemical contribution from a nearby facility. Author Fagin drips the science slowly into our blood as we read, feeling sick to our stomachs as we watch the paralyzed governments fail to stop pollution of water wells. Fagin is painstaking about his statistics and the evidence.

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