Hazard NJ Hazard NJ is a series examining prominent Superfund sites around New Jersey, and ways they're impacted by climate change. Hosted by journalist Jordan Gass-Poore'.
Hazard NJ

Hazard NJ

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Hazard NJ is a series examining prominent Superfund sites around New Jersey, and ways they're impacted by climate change. Hosted by journalist Jordan Gass-Poore'.

Most Recent Episodes

Episode 8: The Resurrection of Price's Pit

The decades-long drip, drip, drip of toxic chemicals from the Price Landfill in South Jersey reached crisis levels in the early '80s when the hazardous plume threatened to taint the water supply for the Atlantic City area. The site earned an emergency response and the reputation as the most polluted Superfund site in America. Now, more than 40 years later, Price Landfill has entered a new chapter... And this time, it's helping not harming.

BONUS Episode: Polluters Pay Up on the Passaic

Efforts to clean up the lower stretch of the Passaic River are getting a $150 million boost, thanks to a new settlement between the federal government and 85 likely polluters. This stretch of the river, running through Newark and nearby towns, is coated with a lining of toxic mud, tainted by decades and decades of chemical dumping. Getting it cleaned up will be difficult – and expensive. At roughly $1.8 billion, the Passaic River is estimated to be the costliest project currently facing the EPA's Superfund program. That makes the settlement a small, but welcome, step forward.

Damages: Wild Rice Goes to Court

We're bringing you a special episode from the podcast "Damages", which examines court cases that matter in the fight against climate change. In this episode, "Damages" host Amy Westervelt takes listeners to Minnesota, where the rights of threatened wild rice (or manoomin in the Ojibwe language) are considered in the face of efforts to build the Line 3 pipeline across the state. Check it out, and be sure to follow "Damages" wherever you get your podcasts.

Episode 7: A Headache on the Hudson

In Edgewater, a bustling urban town across the Hudson River from Manhattan, a polluted lot of a former factory sits right on the water. Today it's a Superfund site being cleaned up, set to one day become a piece of prime real estate for redevelopment. But that cleanup has created problems of its own, and as the process drags on, the threat of flooding from the river grows.

Drilled: Industry Fights Back

We're bringing you a special episode from the podcast "Drilled", which scrutinizes the powers that have long profited from unfettered fossil fuel use. In this episode, "Drilled" host Amy Westervelt takes a look at how the oil and gas industry has pushed to portray environmentalists as idealists detached from reality, in an effort to undercut campaigns against fossil fuels. Check it out, and be sure to follow "Drilled" wherever you get your podcasts.

Episode 6: Toxic Sites in a Tinderbox

The Pinelands, a million-acre swath of pine forest dominating South Jersey, is one of America's most unique environments. The Pinelands have always been a place prone to catch fire and today, climate change is making the area's wildfire season more unpredictable. The fear is not only fire, but it's impact on the area's legacy of toxic illegal dumping.

The Sweaty Penguin: Breaking down the Inflation Reduction Act

We're bringing you a special episode from our friends at "The Sweaty Penguin" podcast, which dives deep (with a bit of humor!) on all things climate change. In this episode, "The Sweaty Penguin" crew takes a look at the landmark Inflation Reduction Act, and what it does and does not do for the climate. Check it out, and be sure to follow "The Sweaty Penguin", another show made possible by the Peril & Promise initiative, wherever you get your podcasts.

Episode 5: Orange Fog and Creeping Saltwater

The National Lead company spent years in the 1970s recycling car batteries at a factory in rural South Jersey, haphazardly draining battery acid onto the ground. The pollution left dangerous heavy metals in the site's soil and groundwater --- a mess that is now on the verge of being cleaned up. But in an area along Delaware Bay, sea level rise is slowly pushing a new potential problem into the ground.

BONUS Episode: Remembering Jim Florio

Former New Jersey Gov. Jim Florio, who wrote the Superfund law back in 1980, died this week at age 85. In this bonus episode, we reflect on Florio's efforts to clean up New Jersey and America's toxic messes, and we revisit our interview with him earlier this year.

REWIND: Highlighting the Best of Hazard NJ (So Far)

Hazard NJ is returning with four new episodes this fall, to take fresh new looks about the relationship between the Garden State's most toxic Superfund sites and climate change. Get ready for the new shows with a look back at some highlights from our first four episodes, and keep an eye on your podcast feeds: Episode 5 drops on September 28.