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Protecting New Jersey's Environment: From Cancer Alley to the New Garden State [NOOK Book]

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Contaminants in fish. Ocean dumping. Biological diversity/integrity and endangered species. Pinelands and forest preservation. Wetlands protection. Watersheds and headwaters. In Protecting New Jersey's Environment these concerns translate into real human interest stories about people and their surroundings not only in the state-a critical site for the growth of environmentalism-but all around the country as well.

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Protecting New Jersey's Environment: From Cancer Alley to the New Garden State

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Overview


Contaminants in fish. Ocean dumping. Biological diversity/integrity and endangered species. Pinelands and forest preservation. Wetlands protection. Watersheds and headwaters. In Protecting New Jersey's Environment these concerns translate into real human interest stories about people and their surroundings not only in the state-a critical site for the growth of environmentalism-but all around the country as well.

And you can add even more to the list-ozone depletion, nuclear power, toxic waste, sprawl, racial inequity, brownfields remediation versus environmental justice concerns. Through a series of gripping accounts organized by geographic area, Thomas Belton considers key environmental issues in New Jersey and champions the ways common citizens have sought justice when faced with unseen health threats. Often, as people search for remedies in their neighborhoods, the challenges they face result in what Belton calls bare-knuckles environmental protection, replete with back-room political deals, infighting, criminals, and hapless victims.

With people as its focus, Protecting New Jersey's Environment explores the science underpinning environmental issues and the public policy infighting that goes undocumented behind the scenes and beneath the controversies. Belton demonstrates the ways that scientists, regulators, lobbyists, and politicians interact and offers the public a go-to guide on how to seek environmental protection in practical ways.
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Historians have asserted that New Jersey was the first of the original colonies to suffer catastrophic ecological damage. Fortunately, we need not tarry on that distant dubious honor: In the much recent past, the Garden State has become the focus of some of the country's most ambitious environmental protection projects. Tom Belton's Protecting New Jersey's Environment proves that such laudable grassroots plans often collapse under the weight of local political deals, jurisdictional disputes, and lobbyist infighting. Brimming with dozens of real world examples, this "brass-knuckles" guide explains how readers can get things done even under difficult circumstances.

President of Conservation Resources, Inc. - Michael Catania

"Tom Belton is every bit as colorful as the characters he profiles. A fascinating, fresh approach to New Jersey's complex environmental issues."
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"With geographic regions as his literary and environmental boundaries, Belton takes readers around his beloved Garden State. He highlights the environmental hazards with which New Jersey is currently struggling, as well as the common citizens who have taken to the courts and the airwaves to champion true environmental protection within their treasured neighborhoods, waterways, and forests. Recommended."
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"With geographic regions as his literary and environmental boundaries, Belton takes readers around his beloved Garden State. He highlights the environmental hazards with which New Jersey is currently struggling, as well as the common citizens who have taken to the courts and the airwaves to champion true environmental protection within their treasured neighborhoods, waterways, and forests. Recommended."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813550220
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 11/3/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 264
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author


Thomas Belton is a scientist within the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. Involved in environmental research for the past twenty-five years, he has investigated the impact of toxic chemicals on humans and wildlife.
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  • Posted August 8, 2011

    2010 Honor Book by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.

    2010 Honor Book by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.

    "Protecting New Jersey's Environment: From Cancer Alley to the New Garden State" (Rutgers University Press) was designated a 2010 Honor Book by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.

    Each year the Council acknowledges books of nonfiction in the humanities that encourages critical reflection and makes scholarly knowledge accessible to a general audience. The Award is granted annually to a single book with five additional books designated as "Honor Books" during the competition.

    In the notification letter the Council stated, "In naming Protecting New Jersey's Environment an Honor Book, the reviewers recognized the significance of your work in tracing the story of New Jersey's environmental problems, as well as the response by policymakers and activists, since the 1970s. By connecting issues as seemingly disparate as cancer rates, chemical manufacturing, brownfields remediation, and forest preservation, you show the breadth of environmental issues that have impacted - and continue to impact - our state."

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