A nurse at Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia is credited with identifying the cancer cluster in Toms River, New Jersey.
Author Dan Fagin speaking on WHYY’s Radio Times said in the early 1990’s Lisa Boornazian began to notice that an unusually high number of children coming into CHOP with cancer were all from the Toms River area. This trend bothered her and she began to ask questions.
Fagin’s new book is Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation. He traces how companies – namely Ciba-Geigy and Union Carbide – carelessly disposed of chemical waste in Toms River. Fagin said drums of liquid waste were buried in pits and even directly dumped into the river. This led to a financial settlement with 69 families of cancer patients.