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Ironbound Environmental Issues

When Nature is Rats and Roaches: Religious Eco-Justice Activism in Newark, NJ
Matthew B. Immergut and Laurel Kearns. Journal for the Study of Religion Nature and Culture 6, 2012, 176-195.
"We specifically examine a range of strategies and campaigns by religious actors, and their non-religious partners, to fight the overwhelming toxicity and neglect of one neighborhood in the city—the Ironbound. We also consider some of the reasons in this particular context for a lack of engagement by religious groups and the difficulties faced by immigrant populations in addressing environmental problems."
“A Phenomenological Understanding of Residents’ Emotional Distress of Living in an Environmental Justice Community.”
Gabriela Dory, et al. International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-Being 12(1), January 2017, pp. 1-10.
"This study applies a descriptive phenomenological method to explore and describe the emotional experience of residents living in Ironbound, a known EJ community located in Newark, New Jersey." Rutgers-restricted Access
Ironbound Voices
Newsletter of the Ironbound Community Corporation of Newark. 1978-2001.
Ironbound Environmental Justice History and Resource Center
A project of the Ironbound Community Corporation of Newark, the IEJHRC is housed at the Van Buren Branch of the Newark Public Library (140 Van Buren Street) and is open to the public.
Garbage Governmentalities and Environmental Justice in New Jersey
Raysa Martinez Kruger. (Ph.D. Thesis) Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, 2017. "Using the Ironbound neighborhood of Newark and Essex County as a case study area, this dissertation examines how conditions of environmental injustice in the Ironbound are produced and perpetuated by the collective enactment of our governmental approaches to the problem of increasing garbage production in New Jersey since the 1870s. The garbage flow control policy New Jersey implemented in the 1970s is a focus point in this analysis, but this dissertation contextualizes the incinerator location strategy within the history and geography of garbage governmental management in the state."
Remedies for Environmental Injustice: Addressing the Localized Concentration of Air Pollution and Asthma among Newark's Poor
Zachary Aboff. 10, October 2022.
"This analysis investigates the available legal remedies for residents of Newark’s Ironbound and similarly positioned communities that could be used to halt or possibly reverse the concentrating of pollution sources in their neighborhoods."

Superfund Site: Diamond Alkali Company

Why There is Agent Orange in Newark
RT America news video.
Superfund Site: Diamond Alkali Co., Newark, NJ
In the 1950s and 1960s, the Diamond Alkali Company manufactured agricultural chemicals, including the herbicides used in the defoliant known as “Agent Orange” on Lister Avenue in Newark. A by-product of these manufacturing processes was 2,3,7,8-TCDD (dioxin), an extremely toxic chemical.
1977 Letter from the Medical Director of the Diamond Shamrock Corporation to the Director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health
Information on Diamond Shamrock's experience with 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin.
Assessment of Potential Sources of Release of Dioxin to the Environment From Reported Manufacturing Operations and Activities at the Diamond Shamrock Facility, 80 Lister Avenue, Newark, New Jersey
Prepared for Defense Steering Committee (Diamond Shamrock v. Aetna, et al), May 29, 1987.
“Reconstruction of Historical 2,3,7,8-Tetrachlorodibenzo-p-Dioxin Discharges from a Former Pesticide Manufacturing Plant to the Lower Passaic River"
Robert Parette, David J. Velinsky, and Wendy N. Pearson. Chemosphere (Oxford) 212, December 2018, pp. 1125-1132. Rutgers-restricted Access
Health Consultation: Diamond Alkali Company
Prepared by the New Jersey Department of Health, Environmental Health Service, August 21, 1996.
Fourth Five-Year Review Report for the Diamond Alkali Site 2016

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