Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation
by Dan Fagin
The true story of a small town ravaged by industrial pollution, "Toms River" has been hailed by "The New York Times" as "a new classic of science ... Show synopsis The true story of a small town ravaged by industrial pollution, "Toms River" has been hailed by "The New York Times" as "a new classic of science reporting.""" Now available in paperback with a new afterword by award-winning author Dan Fagin, the book masterfully blends hard-hitting investigative journalism, scientific discovery, and unforgettable characters. 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 environmental legal settlements in history. 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. The result was a notorious cluster of childhood cancers scientifically linked to local air and water pollution. Rooted in a centuries-old scientific quest, "Toms River" is an epic 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.