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November/December 2002/January 2003

The opinions expressed are those of Bruce Anderson


T.E.A.C.H.
Toms River, New Jersey

As we look to a brighter future, TEACH will remain active on issues of environmental concern. One of our missions is to make sure that the lessons of the Toms River Cancer Cluster are learned and the mistakes made here are not repeated. TEACH is now registered as a not-for-profit corporation in the state of New Jersey. With the public's help we can make a difference and have a cleaner environment for our children.



Toms River Project
Wagner College and Ocean County College Partnership
Toms River, New Jersey

Wagner College located in Staten Island, New York and Ocean County College in Toms River in late September held an interdisciplinary-intercollegiate presentation on "Examination of Elevated Childhood Cancer" in Toms River, NJ. TEACH members gave presentations in the morning and in the afternoon the students interviewed officials, TEACH family members and other organizations. We commend the leadership that Wagner College has taken in this fourth year study of important environment issues in their community living program.

  • Toms River Project - Wagner College




    Eastern PIRG Organizing Conference
    Rutgers University, New Jersey

    Several members of TEACH recently attended the New Jersey Interest Research Group (NJPIRG), a conference for college students working to make concrete social change in their community. This event gave young leaders from the EAST Coast the opportunity to come together, learn skills they can take back to their campuses for organizing around pertinent issues of the day, and network with other activists. "Students are the future of our social change movement. Students working with PIRGs and other groups across the East Coast are working to defend our cornerstone environmental laws at the national level. Students are working to cleanup our local waterways and to fight poverty." We support NJPIRG efforts and enjoyed working with the students.


    The Toxic Contents from Both Landfills
    on the Ciba-Geigy Superfund Site
    should be Removed

    Toms River, New Jersey

    Approximately 38,000 drums of toxic waste will be left on the Ciba-Geigy Superfund Site in one landfill, while 35,000 drums of toxic waste will be removed from another. EPA officials have expressed no interest in these additional drums and are not interested in the public concern.
    Drum Disposal Areas

    Why aren't our government agencies working with and protecting the citizens, instead of having close ties to the corporate giants. It is only common sense to remove all drums of toxic waste now, not when the drums leak and pollute our aquifer, which will occur over time. Toms River has enough contamination plumes to deal with, why clean up one and leave a potential one for our children? The access road to remove these drums is here today and removal can be completed if only the company and our officials would listen to our concerns.

    Toms River

    We encourage the public to help us by writing letters to the Governor of New Jersey, Senators and Representatives on all levels requesting that action be taken to remove all toxic drums of waste buried on the Ciba Geigy superfund site. Please help support our efforts, for now is the time to take action to remove these additional 38,000 drums.

    This link is to the March 2002 cover page on Cell 1 and the 38,000 additional drums
    This link is to the News Article on the EPA Meeting of May 29,2002.
    This link is to the Asbury Park Press Editorial of June 1, 2002



    Parkway Well Field Samples, Comparison 2001 to 2002
    Wells 22, 24, and 29

    Month of April


    Well #

    April 11, 2001

    April 18, 2002

    Well 22

    Untreated:
    Chloroform: 0.3
    MTBE: 0.6
    Trimer: <0.03
    Simazine: 0.02J

    After GAC Treatment
    Not Sampled

    Untreated:
    Chloroform: 0.3J
    MTBE: 0.4
    Trimer: <0.02


    After GAC Treatment
    Not Sampled

    Well 24

    Trimer: <0.03

    Trimer: <0.02

    Well 29

    Untreated:
    MTBE: 0.3J
    Trimer:<0.03


    After GAC Treatment
    Not Sampled

    Untreated:
    MTBE: 0.3
    Trimer:<0.02


    After GAC Treatment
    Not Sampled




    Month of May

    Well #

    May 9, 2001

    May 7, 2002

    Well 22

    Untreated:
    Not Sampled

    After GAC Treatment
    Not Sampled

    Untreated:
    Not Sampled

    After GAC Treatment
    Not Sampled

    Well 24

    Trimer: <0.03
    Fluorene .002J

    Trimer: <0.02
    Methylene chloride: 0.3

    Well 29

    Untreated:
    Not Sampled

    After GAC Treatment
    Not Sampled

    Untreated:
    Not Sampled

    After GAC Treatment
    Not Sampled




    Month of June

    Well #

    June 7, 2001

    June 13, 2002

    Well 22

    Untreated:
    Not Sampled

    After GAC Treatment
    Not Sampled

    Untreated:
    Not Sampled

    After GAC Treatment
    Not Sampled

    Well 24

    Trimer: .03
    Chloroform: 0.1

    Not Sampled

    Well 29

    Untreated:
    Not Sampled

    After GAC Treatment
    Not Sampled

    Untreated:
    Not Sampled

    After GAC Treatment
    Not Sampled




    Month of July

    Well #

    July 12, 2001

    July 10, 2002

    Well 22

    Untreated:
    Chloroform: 0.3
    MTBE: 0.8
    Trimer: <0.03

    After GAC Treatment
    Not Sampled

    Untreated:
    Chloroform: 0.3J
    MTBE: 0.5
    Trimer: <0.02


    After GAC Treatment
    Not Sampled

    Well 24

    Trimer: <0.03
    Chloroform 0.1
    MTBE 0.1J

    Not Sampled

    Well 29

    Untreated:
    MTBE: 0.5
    Trimer:<0.03


    After GAC Treatment
    Not Sampled

    Untreated:
    MTBE: 0.3
    Trimer:<0.02


    After GAC Treatment
    Not Sampled





    Parkway Well Field Samples
    Well 44 and Point of Entry

    Month of April


    Sample Point
    Sampled

    April 11, 2001

    April 18, 2002

    Well 44

    Well not in operation

    Not Sampled

    Trimer: <0.02

    Parkway Point of Entry

    Chloroform: 0.2
    Bromodichloromethane: 0.3
    Dibromochloromethane: 0.5
    MTBE: 0.4
    Trimer: <0.03

    Chloroform: 0.2J
    Bromodichloromethane: 0.3J
    Dibromochloromethane: 0.4
    MTBE: 0.2
    Trimer: <0.02




    Month of May

    Sample Point
    Sampled

    May 9, 2001, 2001

    May 7, 2002

    Well 44

    Trimer: 0.03
    Chloroform: 0.1
    MTBE: 0.3J

    Trimer: <0.02
    Chloroform: 0.1J

    Parkway Point of Entry

    Chloroform: 0.2
    Bromodichloromethane: 0.2
    Dibromochloromethane: 0.3
    MTBE: 0.3J
    Trimer: <0.03
    Bromoform: .1J

    Chloroform: 0.2J
    Bromodichloromethane: 0.3J
    Dibromochloromethane: 0.4
    MTBE: 0.2
    Trimer: <0.02




    Month of June

    Sample Point
    Sampled

    June 7, 2001

    June 13, 2002

    Well 44

    Trimer: 0.03
    Chloroform: 0.2

    Trimer: <0.02

    Parkway Point of Entry

    Chloroform: 0.2
    Bromodichloromethane: 0.1
    Dibromochloromethane: 0.2
    Trimer: <0.03

    Chloroform: 0.3J
    Bromodichloromethane: 0.4J
    Dibromochloromethane: 0.6
    Bromoform: 0.2J
    MTBE: 0.3
    Trimer: <0.02




    Month of July

    Sample Point
    Sampled

    July 12, 2001

    July 10, 2002

    Well 44

    Trimer: 0.03
    Chloroform: 0.2
    MTBE: 0.4J

    Trimer: <0.02

    Parkway Point of Entry

    Chloroform: 0.2
    Bromodichloromethane: 0.2
    Dibromochloromethane: 0.3
    MTBE: 0.3J
    Trimer: <0.03

    Chloroform: 0.3
    Bromodichloromethane: 0.4
    Dibromochloromethane: 0.4
    Trimer: <0.02






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