Do you know any Dirty Little Secrets?

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December 21, 2015

  About toxic waste in NJ, that is.    Two weeks ago, a consortium of news sites in New Jersey launched a project called Dirty Little Secrets, to monitor lesser-known examples of toxic contamination in the state. The stories ranged from tales of leaking home oil tanks to the vulnerability of New Jersey's industrial coast to another storm like Sandy. You can see all the stories in our Medium collection.
Now we're asking you to take part in the reporting – to help fill in the blanks by sending us leads.
Here's one way. The WNYC data team has created an interactive map that shows all the known toxic sites in NJ. Type in your address to see contamination near you. Click on any dot on the map, and you'll learn more, including the exact address of the contaminated site and its Department of Environmental Protection case number. Scroll down: you'll also have the opportunity to upload a photo of site and add your own information.    We are also participating in Hearken, a news tool that lets the public nominate topics we should cover next.    Click here to ask your question about contamination in New Jersey.   This is part of Dirty Little Secrets, a series investigating New Jersey’s toxic legacy. Participating news partners include New Jersey Public Radio/WNYCWHYY,NJTVNJ SpotlightJersey Shore Hurricane NewsWBGONew Brunswick Today, and the Rutgers Department of Journalism and Media Studies. The collaboration is facilitated by The Center for Investigative Reporting, with help from the Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair State and support from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation to CIR.
You can join the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #ToxicNJ.   Thanks for helping out!
Debbie and Joe


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