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TOMS RIVER: A Story of Science and Salvation by Dan Fagin

TOMS RIVER: A Story of Science and Salvation by Dan Fagin

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The riveting true story of a small town ravaged by industrial pollution, Toms River melds hard-hitting investigative reporting, a fascinating scientific detective story, and an unforgettable cast of characters into a sweeping narrative in the tradition of A Civil Action, The Emperor of All Maladies, and The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. 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. In an astonishing feat of investigative reporting, prize-winning journalist Dan Fagin recounts the sixty-year saga of rampant pollution and inadequate oversight that made Toms River a cautionary example for fast-growing industrial towns from South Jersey to South China. He tells the stories of the pioneering scientists and physicians who first identified pollutants as a cause of cancer, and brings to life the everyday heroes in Toms River who struggled for justice: a young boy whose cherubic smile belied the fast-growing tumors that had decimated his body from birth; a nurse who fought to bring the alarming incidence of childhood cancers to the attention of authorities who didn’t want to listen; and a mother whose love for her stricken child transformed her into a tenacious advocate for change. A gripping human drama rooted in a centuries-old scientific quest, Toms River is a tale of dumpers at midnight and deceptions in broad daylight, of corporate avarice and government neglect, and of a few brave individuals who refused to keep silent until the truth was exposed.

The riveting true story of a small town ravaged by industrial pollution, Toms River melds hard-hitting investigative reporting, a fascinating scientific detective story, and an unforgettable cast of characters into a sweeping narrative in the tradition of A Civil Action, The Emperor of All Maladies, and The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. 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. In an astonishing feat of investigative reporting, prize-winning journalist Dan Fagin recounts the sixty-year saga of rampant pollution and inadequate oversight that made Toms River a cautionary example for fast-growing industrial towns from South Jersey to South China. He tells the stories of the pioneering scientists and physicians who first identified pollutants as a cause of cancer, and brings to life the everyday heroes in Toms River who struggled for justice: a young boy whose cherubic smile belied the fast-growing tumors that had decimated his body from birth; a nurse who fought to bring the alarming incidence of childhood cancers to the attention of authorities who didn’t want to listen; and a mother whose love for her stricken child transformed her into a tenacious advocate for change. A gripping human drama rooted in a centuries-old scientific quest, Toms River is a tale of dumpers at midnight and deceptions in broad daylight, of corporate avarice and government neglect, and of a few brave individuals who refused to keep silent until the truth was exposed.

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Publish date: Mar 19, 2013
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TOMSRIVER
A STORY OF SIENEAND SALVATION
DAN FAGIN
BANTAM BOOKS NEW YORK
 
Copyright © 2013 by Dan Faginll rights reserved.Published in the United tates by Bantam Books, an imprint of he Random House Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc., ew York.BANTAM BOOKS and the rooster colophon are registered trademarks of Random House, Inc.Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication DataFagin, Dan.oms River : a story of science and salvation / Dan Fagin.p. cm.Includes bibliographical references and index.IB 978-0-553-80653-3 eBook IB 978-0-345-53861-1 1. Drinking water—Contamination—Health aspects—oms River Region.2. Cancer—oms River Region. 3. Groundwater—Pollution—Health aspects— oms River Region. 4. Water quality—ew Jersey—oms River Watershed.5. oms River Watershed (.J.)—Environmental conditions. I. itle.R592.5F34 2013363.7209749'48—dc23 2012017030Printed in the United tates of merica on acid-free paperwww.bantamdell.com246897531First Edition

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Interesting how that God recycles regenerates life in both the physical (through natural means and not natural selection which is tantamount to Biblical rejection) and spiritual (John 3:5; Titis 3:5; Acts 22:16) sense. Thanks for the read.
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