Order amid Chaos

October 2000

What government agencies have
not mentioned!

38,000 drums of highly toxic waste was buried in Cell 1 on the Ciba Geigy Superfund Site and no government agency intends to clean this mess up.

Landfill Cells on Ciba Site
Shaded areas are approximate locations of landfill cells on Ciba Site

We recently learned that the number of drums in Cell 1 is higher than earlier estimates. Cell 1 contained approximately 38,000 drums (approximately 9000 tons) of chemical waste and 100,000 tons of wastewater treatment plant sludge before it was closed in 1982. One has to ask, who is protecting the citizens? Our government agencies have decided to leave this toxic waste in Cell 1 on the Ciba Geigy Superfund Site. Neither the US Environmental Protection Agency nor the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection have any plans for making this toxic landfill part of the remediation (cleanup) of this site. Citizens and other officials (Including State of NJ Officials) have asked that this landfill cell be cleaned up. But our government agencies have failed to protect the citizens into the future. The public can help and maybe make a difference by calling or writing to your State and Federal officials to support the removal of all toxic drums from the Ciba Geigy Superfund Site in Toms River, NJ.

Another issue not resolved, will the State of New Jersey respond to citizens' requests for a public hearing on the renewal of the Ciba Geigy Landfill permit?

Where is the cancer cluster located
in Toms River, NJ?

This is one of the most often asked questions. The answer really is that all sections of Dover Township, Toms River, NJ. Years ago it was thought to be confined to limited areas, but time has shown that this is not the case.

As reported on August cover page the cancer statistics showed 112 cases of children being diagnosed with cancer here in Toms River, NJ. At the last Citizens Action Committee on Childhood Cancer Cluster Meeting, the State of New Jersey revised that number to 111 childen being diagnosed with cancer. It was determined that one child had moved out of Toms River to another state, which meant the child could not be counted.

  • See the July cover page for limits on the cancer cluster.
  • The previous cover page can be found under "RESOURCES", Previous Month's Cover Pages.