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Letter To The Editor: Science Mondays Back At BCC Feb. 25

February 26, 2013 by admin

To the Editor,

     Our lecture series, “Science Mondays,” will continue on February 25 at Brookdale’s Lincroft campus and we would like the community to attend.
     Doug O’Malley, interim executive director of Environment New Jersey (ENJ), will discuss his organization’s recent report on the deteriorating water quality in our state at 6:30 p.m. in Twin Lights rooms 1 and 2. 
     The joint membership meeting of the college’s Environmental Club and members of the N.J. Friends of Clearwater and the Jersey Shore (Monmouth) Group of the Sierra Club is open to the public.
     ENJ has reported that industrial facilities in New Jersey each year dump 8.5 million pounds of toxic chemicals into the state’s waterways, making it the 12th worst polluted state in the nation. 
     Scientists and environmentalists suspect that conditions have since worsened in New Jersey’s coastal communities when the flood waters of Hurricane Sandy last year washed untold amounts of chemicals, sewage, and debris into rivers and bays.
     New Jersey’s water quality is a critical issue because only one creek, originating in a state park, is pollutionfree. All of the state’s other bodies of water are polluted with roughly 70 percent unsuitable by DEP standards to drink, swim in, or take fish from.
     O’Malley will explain what regulatory actions should be taken by the state legislature and the DEP to reverse this deterioration. In particular, O’Malley will discuss Raritan River and Bay, the Navesink and Shrewsbury Rivers, and Barnegat Bay.
     ENJ’s report summarizes discharges of cancer-causing chemicals, chemicals that persist in the environment, and chemicals with the potential to cause reproductive problems ranging from birth defects to reduced fertility. Among the toxic chemicals discharged by municipal and industrial facilities are arsenic, mercury, and benzene. Exposure to these chemicals is linked to cancer, developmental disorders, and reproductive disorders.
     O’Malley’s presentation is hosted by Brookdale’s Environmental Club to encourage students to be involved in statewide and national debates on the importance of strong environmental regulations.  We welcome interested community members to join us. Prior to the 6:30 start, there will be a cash buffet available beginning at 6:00 p.m. Please join us. Any questions, please feel free to contact me at 732-857-5305.                                    
Robert “Bob” Macaluso
Director, Freehold Branch
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