New Book explores the dark side of Toms River History

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New Book explores the dark side of Toms River History

Post by VampireKen » Sun Mar 17, 2013 8:51 am

In the 80s and 90s the cancer rate in Toms River shot to an all time high, especially among children. For years scientists were trying to figure out what was going on to cause the cancer rates as more and more people got sick. It was eventually discovered that the chemical plant Siba-Geigy was dumping it's chemicals into the water, which would then be drunk by the residents of the town. In a very large federal trial siba-Geigy was shut down and was ordered to pay for the medical costs of all the people who were sick or died. This later inspired a film (although I cant remember the name of it). A new book will be detailing the history of the Siba-Geigy story and the investigators that brought it down, and how the town has recovered since. The plant is still there, but it is now the site of a federal cleanup and Toms River had to completely change where it got it's water from. The book is called "Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation". Here is an article about it ... tc00000001
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