Toxic NJ: Legacy of Dupont Plant's Pollution Looms Large for People of Pompton Lakes

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December 14, 2015



TOXIC NJ: LEGACY OF DUPONT PLANT'S POLLUTION LOOMS LARGE FOR PEOPLE OF POMPTON LAKES
Scott Gurian of NJ Spotlight brings us the story of Jefferson LaSala and his home near the DuPont facility in Pompton Lakes, NJ. The Dupont plant used to manufacture munitions and detonators for the military and the mining industry before getting into the clad coin business for the federal government. Over the years, these industrial operations left behind a stew of toxic contaminants that seeped into the groundwater, and it would be decades before a better understanding of the environmental damage they caused came to light.
This story 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.
Stay tuned for more stories from this series in the coming weeks. You can join the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #ToxicNJ.
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NEWARK AIRTRAN'S DEMISE COMES AS NO SURPRISE
The AirTrain monorail was viewed as an engineering marvel when it first opened at Newark International Airport. The Record says the airport's old fleet of jitney buses had been replaced by a sleek train passing safely and silently overhead – but AirTrain Newark was never reliable. Now, 19 years after it went into service, Port Authority Executive Director Pat Foye says AirTrain Newark must be scrapped.
THE BACKGROUNDER PODCAST: THE NJ MAYOR UNIQUELY QUALIFIED TO BLAST CHRISTIE'S SYRIAN STANCE
Prospect Park Mayor Mohamed Khairullah has made six humanitarian trips to his native Syria since 2012, and he says Governor Christie's stance against allowing Syrian refugees to come to New Jersey flies in the face of his own message of tolerance delivered before a Muslim crowd at Drumthwacket more than three years ago. Paul Brubaker of the Backgrounder Podcast sits down with Mayor Khairullah to talk about the governor, as well as his experiences traveling back to war-torn Syria and his own story of immigration to the United States.
CHRISTIE'S BRIDGEGATE LAWYER IS RAISING MONEY FOR CHRISTIE'S PRESIDENTIAL BID
One of the attorneys who issued a tax-taxpayer-funded report exonerating Governor Christie in the Bridgegate scandal is co-hosting a $2,700-a-person Los Angeles fundraiser for the governor's presidential campaign – even as her firm continues to represent his office in the ongoing case. WNYC says Debra Wong Yang has so far billed more hours as part of the investigation than any other attorney at her firm.
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: We've extended the deadline for submissions to our statewide undergraduate reporting contest, which boasts a grand price of $650. We will now be accepting submissions until April 1, 2016. The best submissions will be included and published as part of our Dirty Little Secrets project with the Center for Investigative Reporting.
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