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Vietnamese immigrant fishes in Raritan Bay, off beach in Old Bridge

Vietnamese immigrant fishes in Raritan Bay, off toxic beach in Old Bridge

I went to Old Bridge today for a typical EPA press conference with Congressman Frank Pallone and local officials regarding progress on the EPA cleanup of extraordinarily high levels of toxic heavy metal lead on the beach (from 150,000 – 200,000 ppm, see this and this and this for info about the site.)

Instead of attending the indoor briefing, I took a walk on the beach and met a man fishing. I asked him if he was aware of the lead problem and that fish were too toxic to eat.

He shyly responded that he couldn’t speak English. Not recognizing his accent, I asked where he was from.

He replied “Vietnam”.

My immediate reaction was to say “I am sorry for what my government did to your country“. Don’t know if he understood.

After that, not much energy to post text and photo’s of NJ politicians.


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