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Order amid Chaos

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September 2000

Atlantic Ocean


Ocean Dumping

Ciba Geigy ocean out fall line dumped millions of gallons of waste into the ocean from 1966 to 1991. In the early 1970's dumping of toxic drums in the public landfill, then on Reich Farm, and the dumping of toxic drums on the Ciba Geigy site here in Toms River, N.J. was thought to have little or no impact on the environment. Today we know better. But, has society learned from the mistakes?

Catchphrases like "what you don't see, can't hurt you" or "dilution is the solution", "dump it in the Ocean, it will take care of itself," are examples of a philosophy that has to change, for it does impact our lives. With the continued dumping in the Ocean of slightly contaminated soils, are we going to see an environmental impact 10, 20, 30 years from now, as has taken place here in Toms River?

Outdated standards and lack of funding for proper research continue to allow our environment to be impacted.


Ciba-Geigy Landfill Permit Renewal

We would hope that New Jersey State officials would listen to citizens and public officials that have requested a public hearing in Toms River in reference to the renewal of the Ciba-Geigy landfill permit.

Some questions remain, which may impact the cleanup of the Ciba Geigy site, that should be addressed before this permit is renewed.

A decision has not yet been made as to whether a public hearing will take place, according to a state official.


  • The next public meeting on the Citizen Action Committee on Childhood Cancer Cluster is September 18, 2000 at 7:00 pm.
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