Toxic Chemicals in New Jersey's Environment: Cancer Link—

by Eugene E. Dallaire, Asst. Editor; Civil Engineering Magazine, New York, NY 10017,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1979, Vol. 49, Issue 9, Pg. 74-80

Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: New Jersey has one of the highest cancer rates in the United States. It is also second in manufacture of chemicals. How are toxic chemicals getting into the New Jersey environment — its air, groundwater, surface waters? How much harm are these toxics doing? Experts agree that 60% to 90% of all cancers are environmentally caused. Environment means diet, cigarette smoking, alcohol, ethnic life styles — as well as the quality of air and water. Cancer has several environmental causes — industry is a contribution. New Jersey has monitored its air and surface and ground waters for toxics. Over 2,000 chemicals have been found in the New Jersey air. Concentrations of toxic chemicals in groundwater are considerably higher than in surface waters, forcing closing of some drinking-water wells. Among corrective steps: carbon treatment for drinking water plants; more rigorous treatment of industrial discharges; better designed lagoons and landfills; stepped up efforts to curb organic emissions to the atmosphere.

Subject Headings: New Jersey | Toxicity | Diseases | Environmental issues | Industrial wastes |

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