Toms River cancer cluster: Will environmental rollbacks bring back ‘toxic’ towns?

new jersey environment, pollution, epa, superfund

JEAN MIKLE / ASBURY PARK PRESS – Linda Gillick remembers it all like it was yesterday.

Seated in an oversize armchair in her living room after a recent fall, she recalled the anguished faces of concerned parents at raucous town meetings; the late-night phone calls about waste dumping; the public officials worried talk of elevated cancer rates among children in Toms River was damaging the town’s reputation.

And she remembers the horrible illnesses, the mysterious maladies touching so many families, including her own, in homes seemingly grouped or linked together — in loose clusters of heartache, recriminations and uncertainty. She has attended the funerals of more than 150 children who succumbed to cancer since she began her advocacy 30 years ago …

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