Environmental Journalist Dan Fagin’s Book on Toms River

June 18, 2014 at 11:32 am

 Environmental journalist Dan Fagin, an Associate Professor and Director of the Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program at New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, recounts the dramatic tale of environmental contamination and childhood cancer in Toms River, New Jersey in his Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation.

From the 1970s through the 1990s, Toms River, New Jersey was hit with an extraordinary number of childhood cancer cases with seemingly no apparent cause.  After years of investigation, the cancers were scientifically linked to water and air pollution. The New Jersey Department of Health found that nearby chemical companies had been dumping toxic waste into the town’s river for years, contaminating the town’s water supply. Residents of Toms River filed a class-action lawsuit and won a multi-million dollar settlement in 2001.

“It’s kind of a saga lasting over many decades…there were a lot of twists and turns,” Fagin told reporter and anchor Jack Ford.

You can read an excerpt from the book below.

Excerpted from TOMS RIVER by Dan Fagin. Copyright © 2013 Dan Fagin. Excerpted by permission of Bantam Books, an imprint of The Random House Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

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