SBN Special Report: NJ DEP Town Hall About CIBA-Geigy Superfund Site, Toms River

TOMS RIVER, NJ (SBN) — Some 200 residents of Toms River, Ocean County, NJ, peppered state officials with questions at a town hall meeting March 13, complaining about the lack of transparency and failure to include residents in discussions regarding a proposed settlement of natural resources damages with the owner of a notorious Superfund site in the township.

State Broadcast News covered the four-and-a-half hour meeting and produced this special report featuring comments from the state Department of Environmental Protection officials who attended to gather resident input; as well as local officials, residents, and environmental advocates.

The CIBA-Geigy site has been on the Superfund list since 1983. Beginning in the early 1950s, the Swiss chemical company systematically polluted the site by dumping hazardous chemicals and toxic wastes into the ground, fouling nearby drinking well water, and allegedly causing a wide range of health problems for residents, including unusually high numbers of rare cancers.

You can get more information about the status of the site cleanup and the proposed natural resources settlement at

You can watch our report on the meeting, hosted by SBN News Director Steve Lubetkin, in the player below.