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Toms River : a story of science and salvation, Dan Fagin

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Toms River : a story of science and salvation
Title
Toms River
Title remainder
a story of science and salvation
Statement of responsibility
Dan Fagin
Title variation
  • Story of science and salvation
  • Toms River
Title variation remainder
a small town, a cancer cluster, and the epic quest to expose pollutions hidden consequences
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Language
eng
Summary
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. 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. Here the author, a journalist, 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 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, it 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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Tone
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Award
  • National Academies Communication Award, 2014.
  • Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction, 2014.
Awards note
Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction, 2014
Biography type
contains biographical information
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10171426
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DLC
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Fagin, Dan
Dewey number
363.7209749/48
Illustrations
maps
Index
index present
LC call number
RA592.N5
LC item number
F34 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
NLM call number
  • 2013 E-305
  • WA 689
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  • Drinking water
  • Factory and trade waste
  • Factory and trade waste
  • Cancer
  • Cancer
  • Cancer in children
  • Groundwater
  • Water quality
  • Chemical industry
  • Toms River Watershed (N.J.)
  • Toms River (N.J.)
  • Cancer
  • Cancer
  • Chemical industry
  • Drinking water
  • Ecology
  • Factory and trade waste
  • Groundwater
  • Water quality
  • New Jersey
  • New Jersey
  • United States
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
a small town, a cancer cluster, and the epic quest to expose pollution's hidden consequences
Label
Toms River : a story of science and salvation, Dan Fagin
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Prologue: Marking time -- Part I. The Ice Cream Factory. Pirates ; Insensible things ; First fingerprints ; Secrets ; Sharkey and Columbo at the Rustic Acres ; Cells ; On Cardinal Drive -- Part II. Breach. Water and salt ; Hippies in the kitchen ; The coloring contest ; Cases ; Acceptable risks ; Friends and neighbors -- Part III. Counting. Two wards, two hits ; Cluster busting ; Moving on ; Invisible trauma ; A cork in the ocean ; Expectations -- Part IV. Causes. Outsiders ; Surrogacy ; Blood work ; Associations ; Legacies
Control code
ocn794973718
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xv, 538 pages
Isbn
9780553806533
Lccn
2012017030
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
map
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
  • (OCoLC)794973718
  • (Sirsi) a470290
Label
Toms River : a story of science and salvation, Dan Fagin
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue: Marking time -- Part I. The Ice Cream Factory. Pirates ; Insensible things ; First fingerprints ; Secrets ; Sharkey and Columbo at the Rustic Acres ; Cells ; On Cardinal Drive -- Part II. Breach. Water and salt ; Hippies in the kitchen ; The coloring contest ; Cases ; Acceptable risks ; Friends and neighbors -- Part III. Counting. Two wards, two hits ; Cluster busting ; Moving on ; Invisible trauma ; A cork in the ocean ; Expectations -- Part IV. Causes. Outsiders ; Surrogacy ; Blood work ; Associations ; Legacies
Control code
ocn794973718
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xv, 538 pages
Isbn
9780553806533
Lccn
2012017030
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
map
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
  • (OCoLC)794973718
  • (Sirsi) a470290

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