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1994 Northridge Earthquake

The 1994 Northridge Earthquake Aftermath: Segregation of Media Coverage and Recovery Aid against Latino Communities in San Fernando Valley by Masahiro FukuraSite Description: The 1994 Northridge Earthquake was a magnitude 6.7 earthquake that shook the region of San...

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3M

3M, the Tennessee River, and PFAS: A History of Pollution by Taylor HawkinsSite Description: 3M admitted in an April 2019 letter to the EPA that it had been illegally releasing FBSA and FBSEE chemicals into the Tennessee River from the company’s Decatur, AL...

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A Community Divided

A Community Divided: How a Proposed Auto Junkyard Split Andover Township Residents and Elected Officials in Two by Nicholas FugaroSite Description: Andover Township is located in northwest New Jersey in Sussex County. This town has a long history on living side by...

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Agent Orange Production

Agent Orange: Environmental Injustice at Home and Abroad by Susan CohenSite Description: As a historian interested in American foreign affairs and legal history, researching the use of Agent Orange is an interesting and relevant way to connect foreign policy and law....

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American Dream Mall

American Dream Mall: Bergen County’s Future Environmental Injustice Nightmare by Alexandra VidalSite Description: After almost 20 years after its inception, in October 2020 the American Dream Mall, the second-largest shopping center in the United States, finally...

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Apache Firefighters

What Apache Firefighters can tell us about fire: A case study on fire policy, labor, and Southwest Native people from 1965-1990 by Esperanza SantosSite Description: In 1988, millions of acres burned in the Midwest. Some note this as the biggest fire since 1921. The...

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Blinded by the Apocalypse

Blinded by the Apocalypse: Carl Sagan and Nuclear Winter by Kurt WeinsteinSite Description: I am aspiring to an academic career because I have an insatiable curiosity. I have found science and history to be fundamental disciplines in answering my questions about the...

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Bloomfield vs Newark

Lead Water Crisis: Comparative Essay Bloomfield VS Newark East Ward by Tamalie RanatungaSite Description: The levels of lead in Newark New Jersey’s drinking water are some of the highest recently recorded by a water system in the United States- placing affected...

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Brumadinho Dam Disaster

The Brumadinho Dam Disaster:Rape and Pillaging of the Rainforest and Gross Negligence Against Latinos by a Multinational Corporation by Johnny Alexander Tablada-RodríguezSite Description: On 25 January 2019, a dam holding 9.7 million cubic meters of mining sludge...

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Burning Passions and Burning Waste

Burning Passions and Burning Waste: How Economics Took Precedence Over the Local Community during the Redevelopment of the PJP Landfill in Jersey City, New Jersey From 1970 to 2021 by Matthew TrochimSite Description: The PJP landfill is located in Jersey City, NJ near...

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Bye Bye, Hydrogen Sulfide

Bye Bye, Hydrogen Sulfide: How a Grassroot Movement in Kearny, New Jersey Shut Down a Local Toxic Landfill  by Victoria GarzianoSite Description: Keegan Landfill is a dumping ground located in Kearny, New Jersey. When opened in the 1950’s, this landfill was used to...

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California’s Black Heroin

Los Angeles Urban Oil Drilling: California’s Black Heroin by J. SedilloSite Description: Oil was discovered in Los Angeles County in the early 1890’s, the ‘Los Angeles Oil Field’ was once the top producing oil field in California. Though Los Angeles county is the...

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Capped and Filled

Capped and Filled:How one New Jersey town closed the last Landfill in the Meadowlands by Angel HarewoodSite Description: Keegan Landfill is in Kearny, New Jersey, and owned and operated by New Jersey Sports and Exhibition Authority. This is one of the last remaining...

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Change Over Time

Change Over Time: The Polluted Perimeter of The Newark Bay and it’s Environmental Injustice Effects by Alexandra DePaloSite Description: The Newark Bay is at the junction of where the Hackensack and Passaic rivers meet. It is around 5.5 miles long and is on the west...

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Clean Our Water

“Clean Our Water, Wash Out Wilda”: Contaminated Tap Water, 2019 Perth Amboy Grassroots Activism, and the Lack of Governmental Response”  by Victoria NguyenSite Description: My site is the city of Perth Amboy, New Jersey. It is rather general because it is not clear...

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Community Garden?

Community Garden? Skepticism of Common Culture in Garden State Suburbia by Gabriella GambinoSite Description: The Community Garden of the South Branch Preserve lies on Wolfe Road in Hackettstown, New Jersey and is an extension of the Raritan River’s North Branch...

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Critical Mass

Critical Mass: Uranium and Thorium Pollution at the Westinghouse Electric Lamp Pant in Bloomfield New Jersey by Nicholas SkificSite Description: Westinghouse Lamp Plant, now nothing more than a partially empty lot with new construction being used to bring in revenue...

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Crowdsourced *ism

Crowdsourced *ism:An Oink to Boycott the Hog Industry [1] by Devan PatelSite Description: North Carolina is a top producer of turkeys, chicken, and hogs in the United States. Hog farmers in North Carolina store hog waste in lagoons and then spray the liquified waste...

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Detention Center

Detention Center’s contribution to environmental Injustice: How the built environment perpetuates racial oppression by Baïna-Lyssa JeanSite Description: Although climate change affects every countries, the imminent devastating effects are highly felt by third world...

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E Pluribus Unum

E Pluribus Unum: How A Small New Jersey Suburb Received One of The Most Complicated Cleanups in EPA History (1979-2021) by Gabe M. WeirSite Description:In the 1920s, on the border of Glen Ridge and Orange, NJ, the US Radium Company operated a factory where radium...

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Farms to Cradle

Farms to Cradle: Inequity in Preserving the Garden State’s Green Belt by Donovan KirklandSite Description: This project examines the inequities of farmland preservation and New Jersey. As defined by the state, “New Jersey’s farmlands are the foundation for a strong...

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Filthadelphia

They Call It Filthadelphia:How “Cash for Trash” Programs Abused Philadelphia’s Lower Class by Juli MatlackSite Description: Philadelphia is notorious for being dirty. The nickname “Filthadelphia” was born based on its overwhelming amount of trash and litter throughout...

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Frog in Boiling Water

A Frog in Boiling Water is Being Taken Advantage of by a Bogus ‘Recycling’ Facility in Carteret, New Jersey by Rabiya KhanSite Description: The delta of the Rahway River is bordered with factories and industrial complexes. It acts as a natural border for northeast New...

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From Bleak Landfills

Overpeck County Park: From Bleak Landfills to Green Hills (1957-2021) by Aaron LeuSite Description: The story begins around the 1950s in Overpeck Creek, located in Bergen County, NJ. An area that was once a diverse wetland ecosystem became a miserable dumpsite filled...

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Get the Frack Out

“Get the Frack Out”:Environmental and Economic Implications of Hydraulic Fracturing in Bradford County, PA by Roy SamuelSite Description: The Marcellus Shale is a region that extends as far north as upstate New York, through Pennsylvania to West Virginia, and as far...

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Highway to Disaster

Highway to Disaster: How the Creation of the New Jersey Turnpike Caused Destruction and Lasting Impacts on the Residents of Elizabeth, NJ by Hayat Abdelal Site Description:  The New Jersey Turnpike was officially opened for travel on November 30, 1951. The...

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Homes and Highways

Homes and Highways: Rupture and Resistance in Los Angeles’s West Adams Neighborhood by Jordan BaldridgeSite Description: The West Adams neighborhood of Los Angeles was first populated by turn-of-the-century moguls: white men who had built fortunes in the city’s...

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If I Sign

“If I Sign, They’ll Mine”: A Comparison Between Differing Native American Perspectives on Energy Extraction by Lauren MaffiaSite Description: Approximately 30% of the total amount of coal and oil in the United States rests in or near Indian Reservations. In Montana,...

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In Dirty Water

In Dirty Water: How Political Power and Gentrification Resulted in the Unequal Drinking Water in Camden’s Neighborhoods, 1970 – 2000 by Alex ChangSite Description: The site I chose, Camden NJ, is located in South Jersey and it borders Philadelphia Pennsylvania...

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It’s Raining Dogs, Cats, and Injustice

It’s Raining Dogs, Cats, and Injustice: Systematic Oppression Towards Pet Owners in the City of Newark by Katherine DeMottieSite Description: In post-war America, pet ownership has become a staple of many households. Dogs and cats specifically have proven themselves...

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Lithium Mining

Lithium Mining in the Atacama Salt Flats, Chile: How the Strive for Environmentally Sustainable Vehicles is Doing More Harm Than Good by Patrycja SzwarcSite Description: Although there are a number of companies who mine lithium in the Atacama Desert in Chile, I want...

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Long Lives Memphis

Long Lives Memphis But Not the Residents: Battle for Environmental Justice by Kimberly PadillaSite Description: It all started when Echol Cole and Robert Walker, were crushed to death by a faulty truck in Memphis, Tennessee on February 11, 1968. From that day on, the...

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Looking a Gift Horse in the Mouth

Looking a Gift Horse in the Mouth: Artists, A Sick Building, and Gentrification in Newark by Colleen G. O’NealSite Description: Artists and grassroots organizations play a pivotal role in the development of any city, often functioning with little to no resources, but...

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Mbye Otabenga

Mbye Otabenga: Animality and the Environmental Politics Human Zoos, 1904-1906 by Christelle JasminSite Description: This project locates the animalization of Mbye Otabenga’s blackness, via the his exhibition at the St Louis World’s Fair and the Bronx Zoo from...

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Mineshaft Madness

Perilous paint and the fight for the Ringwood mines in New Jersey (2008-2021) by Kyle McLennanSite Description: In the late 1960s and early 70s the Ringwood mines were used to get rid of paint sludge, and other waste, from the Ford assembly plant in Mahwah. The EPA...

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Newark’s Ironbound

Newark’s Ironbound Community Loses Against Incinerator by Arqum MasoodSite Description: The site I am focusing on is a garbage incinerator in Newark’s Ironbound area. The garbage incinerator is run by a company called Covanta, which launched its garbage incineration...

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Oil Pipelines

Oil Pipelines: The Disregard Of The Native American Voice by Stephen DalihaSite Description: The Keystone Pipeline is something I was exposed to through television/cable news, as well as the massive coverage it received through social media. My vision for this paper...

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Open Windows Without Clean Air

Open Windows Without Clean Air:We Need to Do More for the Port of Elizabeth’s Air Pollution Problem by Sonia LenahanSite Description: The site I am covering is called “The Port Neighborhood” of Elizabeth, NJ. The neighborhood is only a 10 minute drive from my house,...

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Out of Sight, Out of Mind

Out of Sight, Out of Mind: How the Public Awareness of Contamination Affected Cleanup Efforts in the Pohatcong Valley Groundwater Superfund Site from 1978 to 2020 by Matthew TrochimSite Description: The Pohatcong Valley is a geographic term rather than a political...

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Oyster Occupation

Oyster Occupation: A Look Into The Oyster Industry In Raritan Bay by Erik AleksanyanSite Description: Bordering New York and New Jersey is a small river named the Arthur Kill. Pre 1900’s the river was teeming with wild oyster beds ready to be caught and enjoyed by...

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Pickerel or Payroll

Pickerel or Payroll: Conflicting Attitudes on Pollution of the Androscoggin River 1943-1972 by Seth LaskinSite Description: On March 12, 1965, Dr. Walter Lawrance, chairman of the Androscoggin River Technical Committee, received word of a lawsuit filed by “a large...

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Pollution Solution

Are Parks Along Newtown Creek a Pollution Solution, or Another Problem? by Jozy BentleySite Description: Newtown Creek is a 3.5-mile body of water that runs along the border between Brooklyn and Queens in New York City. For over 150 years this creek has been labeled...

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Prolonged Suffocation

The Prolonged Suffocation of the Bronx: A look at the absence of any bright and clear future for clean air for the residents of Mott Haven by Michael LukijaniukSite Description: I am looking to analyze and discuss the negative health effects on the residents of  Mott...

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Proposed Sewer Plant

Proposed Sewer Plant near Musconetcong River could have negative environmental impacts and locals are demanding alternatives. by J. HaugSite Description: The sewer plant is only part of a proposed housing development project on Valley Road in Hampton Borough, NJ. The...

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RPM Act

The RPM Act: How will the act affect us all in Englishtown, NJ (1972-2021) by Jason JimenezSite Description: Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports Act (RPM Act) is an act that allows those who modify their vehicles for the purpose of racing. Currently our street...

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Sargassum on Vacation

Sargassum on Vacation: Algal Blooms as an Impetus for Social and Environmental Change on the Mexican Caribbean by Ronnie VesnaverSite Description: This project will focus on the Mexican Caribbean. Specifically, it will highlight the beach towns on the island of...

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Six Million Cubic Feet

How Almost Six Million Cubic Feet of Radium-Enriched Soil Silently Poisoned the Residents of Glen Ridge, New Jersey for over 60 Years by G. WeirSite Description: In the 1920s, on the border of Glen Ridge and Orange, NJ, the US Radium Company operated a factory where...

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Sounds of Injustice

Sounds of Injustice: the unspoken link between hip hop and the Flint water crisis. by Robert MurphySite Description: Music has sometimes been used to give voices to unheard people and to shed light on issues that nobody talks about. Over the last hundred years or so...

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Tell Me About Your Nuclear Experiences

Tell Me About Your Nuclear Experiences: Blaming American Imperialism and Military For Nuclear Injustice in the Pacific by Zach Jellison Site Description: My research is focused on three different atolls in the Pacific. The first is Johnston Atoll, which is locate...

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The Merchants of Trenton

The Merchants of Trenton: Business, Recreation, and the Highway in a Postwar City by Kyle StegnerSite Description: The City of Trenton – specifically parts of West Trenton and the Capital area – during the immediate postwar period holds many stories of environmental...

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The Other Side of Water

The Other Side of Water: Instead of involving community, New York City’s went to greenwashing to hide an Environmental Injustice and Poor Planning by Anis ShiliSite Description: By 1938, the Department of Public Works considers channeling all waste from Manhattan’s...

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The Price of Gas

The Price of Gas: How Cabot Oil & Gas profited at the expensive of the residents of Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania by Cameron GreerSite Description: Since 2008, there has been a huge boom in the hydraulic fracturing industry in Pennsylvania in counties above the...

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The Race for Diamonds

The Race for Diamonds: NJDEP VS. EPA by Zachary ValbrunSite Description: The Environmental Site I have chosen is the lower stretch of the Passaic River located in Northeast New Jersey. This part of the river starts around Belleville and ends in front of Newark Bay,...

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The Struggle in Front of Toxics

The Struggle In Front of Toxics:The Unequal Hazardous Waste Distribution in Northeast Detroit (1974-2021) by Jui-Cheng Ryan WuSite Description:Since the mid-19th century, Detroit has been a center of industries and commerce of Michigan, it’s significance especially...

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The X-Files

Newark Becomes ‘Host’ to X-Files Conspiracy: The Search for Truth and Justice in the Nation’s Second Largest Sewer by Christina NguyenSite Description: The X-Files is one of the most recognizable and culturally significant television series to come out of the 1990s,...

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They Have Forgotten About Us

“They Have Forgotten About Us!”: Injustices brought onto the national spotlight due to a “natural disaster” to Ponce & San Juan, Puerto Rico by John Wesley CrespoSite Description: My research is focused on two locations: the capital city of San Juan as well as the...

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Uranium Mines

Uranium Mines, the “Hidden” Poison of the Navajo Nation: How Anti-Nuclear Campaigns restricted progress for Navajo activism by Nicholas KennySite Description: This research paper is set in the mid-20th century, during the beginning of the nuclear arms races between...

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Warren County 2.0

Warren County 2.0: The Unequal Hazardous Waste Distribution In Northeast Detroit by Jui-Cheng Ryan WuSite Description: Since the mid-19th century, Detroit has been a center of industries and commerce of Michigan, it’s significance especially escalated as the...

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We’d Like to Forget

‘We’d Like to Forget, the World won’t let Us’: A Disastrous Event is Now Remembered for the Positive Outcome by Isabella SangalineSite Description: Donora is a small industrial town located on the Monongahela River, south of Pittsburgh, that sat between two factories....

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What is Justice?

What is Justice? The Ongoing Case of New Jersey’s Infamous Toms River Cancer Cluster by KMSite Description: Toms River, New Jersey is infamously known as “Chemical Town” to the people who live in the surrounding area. The town developed this rather unfortunate...

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Where to Grocery Shop

Where to Grocery Shop?: Exploring Food Insecurity in Newark From the 1930s to Present Day by Cara Willis Site Description: I am interested in exploring the relationship with food and the citizens of Newark New Jersey. I plan on doing this by analyzing over time the...

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Who Let the Dogs Out?

Who Let the Dogs Out: The Avoidable Radioactive River by Rami BazoqaSite Description: After WWII, the once rural farmlands that made up Wayne Township transformed into a residential suburb after it had attracted many workers who moved to follow wartime industries...

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You Gotta Fight

You Gotta Fight, For Your Right, For Clean Water:How the Contaminated Passaic River in Newark, New Jersey Has Caused Wildlife and Low-Income Minorities to Fight for Clean Water and a Healthy Lifestyle by Jacob RappaportSite Description: My project is focusing on the...

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Zoning Barriers

Zoning Barriers: An Industrial Revolutions in Ironbound Led by Immigrants Now they are the Most Vulnerable by Ruben E. IzurietaSite Description: In the 1800s, the industrial boom in Newark was led by the first wave of Irish immigrants that moved to this city,...

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Zoning for Gloomy Days

Zoning for Gloomy Days: How the Ironbound was Designed to Oppress Child Development by Catrina NelsonSite Description: In the Ironbound district of Newark, NJ, there is a long history of land zoned for industrial use, such as factories, incinerators and an airport,...

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