Primary Source Report-KM

Primary Source Report

BASF Corp. v. Township of Toms River

BASF Corp V. Township of Toms River, Justia US Law1–43 (Tax Court of New Jersey 2019). https://law.justia.com/cases/new-jersey/tax-court/2019/005635-2004.html (Links to an external site.)

               BASF Corp. v. Township of Toms River is a legal document that describes the proceedings of the BASF (the company that would buy Ciba-Geigy) verses Toms River court case. The case itself was about whether BASF should be refunded money that they had to pay to the government for what they claimed was unusable land. The court ultimately ruled in favor of BASF, for an amount that would be determined at a later date. In terms of my essay, what is most valuable about this document is that it lays out both BASF’s and Tom River’s legal argument. This will allow me to understand why each side thought that BASF either should or should not have received a tax refund from the town. Ultimately, I will be able to better describe and eventually analyze why BASF received twenty million dollars once the land was evaluated.

About Our Childhood Cancer Charity: Toms River, NJ

“About Our Childhood Cancer Charity: Toms River, NJ.” Ocean Of Love. Accessed October 13, 2020. https://oceanoflove.org/about-us (Links to an external site.).

                About Our Childhood Cancer Charity: Toms River, NJ is a page on Ocean of Love’s website that describes the organization. Ocean of Love is a charitable organization that aims to help the families of children who suffer from childhood cancer. The page includes the charitable organization’s overall mission statement, what they provide and offer families, and a little bit of information about their founding. Through reading this source, I learned that Linda Gilllick (one of the most prominent activists in the Toms River cancer cluster case) established this charitable organization, largely due to her own experiences with her son dealing with neuroblastoma. This, at least in part, answers my first research question about what activists are currently doing to help bring closure to the Toms River cancer cluster case. With corporations refusing to accept blame and the government befuddled about the actual cause of the cancer, activist took it upon themselves to provide justice from those who suffered from this horrible tragedy and anyone in the future who may develop childhood cancer

Ciba-Geigy Corp Toms River, NJ Cleanup Activities and Reich Farms Pleasant Pains, NJ Cleanup Activities

“Ciba-Geigy Corp Toms River, NJ Cleanup Activities.” EPA. Environmental Protection Agency. Accessed October 13, 2020. https://cumulis.epa.gov/supercpad/SiteProfiles/index.cfm?fuseaction=second.cleanup (Links to an external site.).

“Reich Farms Pleasant Pains, NJ Cleanup Activities.” EPA. Environmental Protection Agency. Accessed October 6, 2020. https://cumulis.epa.gov/supercpad/SiteProfiles/index.cfm?fuseaction=second.cleanup (Links to an external site.).

                Ciba-Geigy Corp Toms River, NJ Cleanup Activities and Reich Farms Pleasant Pains, NJ Cleanup Activities are two pages on the Environmental Protection Agency’s website that describe the Reich Farm and Ciba-Geigy superfund sites. I choose to analyze these two sources together because they both contain the federal government’s perspective on these two environmental disasters related to the Toms River cancer cluster. Each page is split into three different sections, which cover the overall background of what happened at each site, what has been done to clean up the site, and the current status of the sites. Since this document comes from the federal government itself, the source is of course biased toward the federal government. I will be unlikely to find anything critical of the government’s handling of these two sites in this source. But nonetheless, this document is still valuable for my project because it establishes the federal government’s official opinion (unintentionally, because they are both supposed to be written in an unbiased way) about the Toms River cancer cluster. I am especially interested in the “What Is the Current Site Status?” section of each page, as it will tell me about what is currently being done at each site.

STOP Development of 6,400 Units at Ciba-Geigy!

Mac, Greg. “STOP Development of 6,400 Units at Ciba-Geigy!” Change.org, 2019. https://www.change.org/p/toms-river-stop-development-of-6-400-units-at-ciba-geigy (Links to an external site.).

                STOP Development of 6,400 Units at Ciba-Geigy! Is an online petition that aims to stop mayor’s Mo Hill’s “plan” to build housing units on a portion of the Ciba-Geigy site. In the petition, Mac argues that the housing would bring in 25,000 new people and would have very negative consequences for Toms River. From what I was able to gather from my research so far, there is no legitimate evidence that Mayor Mo Hill ever planned to build housing on the Ciba-Geigy site. In reality, the only plan that exists is turn part of the site into a solar farm. This misinformation was mostly promoted by the conservative news site Shore News Network and Republican City Councilman Dan Rodrick, who made the issue one of the central focuses in his primary campaign against Mo Hill.  It is likely that Mac got this information from Dan Rodrick, considering he endorses him near the end of the article. Never the less, this article shows that at least some of the local population of Toms River was concerned about the idea of housing construction at the Ciba-Geigy site. However, that group of people seems to be small, considering that only 48 people signed the petition and Dan Rodrick lost his primary to Mo Hill.

Toms River Cancer Cluster: Will Environmental Rollbacks Bring Back ‘Toxic’ Town?

Mikle, Jean. “Toms River Cancer Cluster: Will Environmental Rollbacks Bring Back ‘Toxic’ Town?” Asbury Park Press. August 14, 2018. https://www.app.com/story/news/local/land-environment/2018/08/14/toms-river-cancer-cluster-environmental-rollbacks-ciba-geigy/619144002/ (Links to an external site.).

                Toms River Cancer Cluster: Will Environmental Rollbacks Bring Back ‘Toxic’ Town? Is a news article that gives an update on the current progress of Toms River cancer cluster activists in the year 2018. The first half of the article discusses how the general public seems to be losing interest in finding an answer to the cause of the cancer cluster. And the second half describes how the Trump admiration’s environmental policies makes some of the activists fear that another situation like the Toms River Cancer Cluster could arise in the near future. This article is important to my overall research because it shows activists and journalists fear that the general public is forgetting about what happened in Toms River. It seems as families may never receive true justice for all that they have suffered from this horrible environmental tragedy. Worse yet, the same mistakes from the government that caused the Toms River cancer cluster in the first place are seemingly in the process of being repeated. As was written in the article, things are moving backwards, not forwards.

BASF, Ciba-Geigy Poisoned Our Water, Killed Our Children, Now They Want Toms River to Pay $20 Million

Pyle, Laura. “BASF, Ciba-Geigy Poisoned Our Water, Killed Our Children, Now They Want Toms River to Pay $20 Million.” Shore News Network, April 8, 2020. http://www.shorenewsnetwork.com/2020/04/08/ciba-geigy-poisoned-our-water-killed-our-children-now-they-want-toms-river-to-pay-20-million/ (Links to an external site.).

                BASF, Ciba-Geigy Poisoned Our Water, Killed Our Children, Now They Want Toms River to Pay $20 Million is an article that criticizes how the town and mayor of Toms River is handling of the Ciba-Geigy site. The article main premise is that BASF is trying to harm the town once again by suing them for 20 million dollars. The author blames mayor Mo Hill for this injustice, who they claim was negotiating with BASF to develop the Ciba-Geigy site while the lawsuit was ongoing. The newspaper that published this article is known as Shore News Network, and generally offers news from a center-right position. Considering this fact when reading this article, it is somewhat surprising that a center-right publication would be so critical of a large corporation and a republican politician like Mo Hill. But when I found out that the publication was run by Phil Stilton, it became much less surprising. Stilton is a conservative who considers himself to be somewhat of a king maker in the central New Jersey Republican party, taking great pride in the fact that many of the candidates who he has endorsed have gone on to find success. It is clear from other articles that I have found on his site that he is very supportive of Councilman Dan Rodrick, who is a political rival of Mo Hill. It is thus no surprise that he tried to tilt the coverage of his news site very negatively towards the current mayor. This article helped me better understand the political dynamics surrounding the current status of the Ciba-Gigey site.

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