Toms River Council Reschedules January 25 meeting, Encourages Public Attendance at Ciba-Geigy “Community Speak Out”

Toms River Council President Matthew Lotano announced today that the Council’s regularly scheduled meeting of January 25, 2023 will be held at 4PM in the L. Manuel Hirshblond Meeting Room at Town Hall. The meeting was originally scheduled for 6PM.

Lotano rescheduled the meeting at the request of Mayor Maurice “Mo” Hill in order to encourage Toms River residents to attend the Ciba-Geigy settlement “Community Speak Out” sponsored by Save Barnegat Bay which will be held at Toms River North’s Auditorium on Wednesday January 25, 2023 from 6 PM till 9 PM.

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) announced a Natural Resource Damages (NRD) settlement with BASF, the current owner of the Ciba-Geigy Superfund site, last month which would preserve 1000 acres of the approximately 1250 acre site for open space and leave the remaining 250 acres available for development. NJDEP has scheduled no public hearings on the settlement. Toms River elected officials and civic leaders were excluded from the negotiations.

The proposed settlement fails to compensate the victims of the cancer cluster caused by the pollution generated at the site. Nor does it adequately compensate the community for the environmental and economic damage caused over many decades.


Mayor Hill and Council President Lotano encourage Toms River residents attend the Community Speak Out to make their voices heard regarding the future of the Ciba-Geigy site. The event will be recorded with the video submitted to NJDEP during the official comment period for the settlement. Additionally, a transcript of the event will be included in Save Barnegat Bay’s submission and written statements will be accepted at the event and forwarded to NJDEP as part of the Save Barnegat Bay’s submission.

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  1. All I know is that it would be crazy to build anything on that polluted land . I grew up in a neighborhood called summit east . my neighborhood is located off of route 37 right next to Wal-Mart and all I know is that the land back there is highly polluted with chemicals from illegal dumping because of the types of animals I saw as a young adolescent/adult . I saw a 3 legged deer . I saw a 2 headed frog both in the woods in the back of my neighborhood that connects to ciba land . I also had a cat that was born with 3 legs and that female cat had a baby born with no way to go to the bathroom because that baby cat was born without any holes to relieve itself . anyway also we call TOMS river a cancer cluster for a reason . in my heart I know that ciba land is not the right place to build on because I fear innocent people will get cancer and have other related health issues.

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