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29 Seton Hall L. Rev. 89 (1998-1999)
Agent Orange in Newark: Time for a New Beginning

handle is hein.journals/shlr29 and id is 99 raw text is: Agent Orange in Newark: Time for a New Beginningt
Tirza S. Wahrman
The effects of Agent Orange on Vietnam veterans and the Viet-
namese population remain a painfully debated subject. Recently,
the discovery of Agent Orange waste in port sediments in the New
York-New Jersey Harbor has called attention to the impact of the
substance on our own shores.' A now-idle plant in the Ironbound
section of Newark was once the largest Agent Orange producer in
the United States.
On March 30, 1998, residents of the Newark community, repre-
sentatives from the City of Newark and the state and federal govern-
ments, and various academics came together at Seton Hall University
School of Law to turn a fresh page for the City of Newark. Though it
was an unusually warm day and the air conditioning was working
badly, all present agreed on our common purpose: to stop talking
and to take action to remedy Newark's environmental woes.
Sadly, Newark is home to numerous hazardous waste sites.'
Most seriously, dioxin contamination from the Diamond Alkali
Agent Orange plant remains in Newark's soil and in its river, the Pas-
t Editor's note: The symposium that gave rise to this article occurred on March
30, 1998. At that time, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
was still considering how the dioxin contamination at the Diamond Alkali Super-
fund Site would be remedied. Prior to the publication of this journal, however, the
EPA gave final approval to a 1990 consent decree, which permits the on-site burial
of dioxin waste at the Diamond Alkali site. See TomJohnson, Dioxin Site in Newark to
be Sealed Underground, STAR-LWDGER (Newark), Aug. 5, 1998, at 15.
A.B., Barnard College, 1978; J.D., Yale Law School, 1981. The author is an
environmental attorney with the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey. The
views expressed herein are solely the author's. The author wishes to acknowledge
the support of Seton Hall University School of Law and Professor Marc Poirier.
See <http://www.epa.gov/r02earth/superfnd/sedsamp.htm> (visited July 21,
1998).
2 See generally, Ellen K. Silbergeld, et al., Dioxin at Diamond: A Case Study in Oc-
cupational/Environmental Exposure, in Toxic CIRcLFs 55 (Helen E. Sheehan & Rich-
ard P. Wedeen eds., 1993).
' See <http://www.epa.gov.superfund.nj.newark-newark> (visited Feb. 27, 1998)
(detailing over 70 active sites in Newark).

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