Order amid Chaos
Please attend on April 22 1999 at Ocean County College at 7:00 P.M. in the Fine Arts Building a discussion by Mr. Jan Schlictmann on the Toms River Cancer Cluster. Admission $5.00
Ciba-Geigy Superfund Site
Pictured above is an example of how a Thermal Desorption Unit works. This is one of the EPA's proposed methods of clean-up for the Ciba Geigy Superfund site in Toms River, New Jersey
Learn from our children

Learn from our children  
They have lessons to teach
Something's terribly wrong
And they don't need to preach

It shows in their baldheads
And their bodies so frail
Confined to their beds
Where a hospital is jail

They ask for so little.
In their innocence they trust
That all of the grown-ups
Are responsible and just.

They learn the hard way
That this just isn't true
Through ignorance and greed
Children pay what's due

Most of childhood cancers
Come from our sick earth
Children are assaulted
Even before birth

Dumping in oceans and landfills
Rivers and streams
Chemical pollution's
The stuff of bad dreams

Yet apathy's the biggest
Killer of all
When everyone's gone
Who'll care if you fall?

Melanie Anderson

"EPA Public Meetings"

For more information from the EPA public meetings look under "Resources".

The next EPA Meeting is scheduled for April 29, 1999 at 7:00pm, more information can be found under "How to Help".

The previous month's cover page can be found under "RESOURCES".

Ciba-Geigy Superfund Site
The yellow highlighted area pictured above represents the extent of contamination at the Ciba Geigy Superfund Site, based only on exceedance of EPA Standards.

What is Thermal Desorption?

Thermal desorption removes hazardous wastes from contaminated soils by heating the soil to a temperature between 200-1000 degrees. This allows contaminants with low boiling points to vaporize (turn into a gas) and separate from the soil. Any other contaminants not vaporized must be treated by other means. The vaporized contaminants are then treated before release to the atmosphere.

Thermal Desorption is most effective at removing organics from contaminated soils. It can separate solvents, pesticides, PCBs, dioxins and fuel oils from the contaminated soil.

Thermal Desorption is not effective on most metals, and its effectiveness is reduced depending on the composition of the soil being processed.

Many questions remain about the effectiveness of using this technology in cleaning up the Ciba Geigy site. What is being released into the air during this process? What is being done with the remaining contaminated soil? Why not just totally remove the contaminated soils? How far has the contamination really spread?

Please attend the next public meeting on the Ciba Geigy cleanup, we need your support to get answers to these questions.