Pollution Law Watch

Monthly Archives: May 2011

Important Win For Families In Environmental Citizens’ Suit Case

Posted in Citizen Suit, Contamination, Court Ruling, Pollution, RCRA

Most people are not aware they even exist, but Congress has enacted powerful laws that allow families to protect themselves when their homes are impacted by environmental contamination.  These so-called federal “citizens’ suit” laws permit families to sue the polluter to force a cleanup of the contamination.  Citizens’ suit claims are available not just when… Continue Reading

Another Big Day for Polluters/Another Bad Day for America

Posted in Court Ruling, Pollution

On nearly the one year anniversary of the Gulf Oil Spill, last week the President and Congress shook hands on a deal that stripped more than $1.5 billion – 16% – from the budget of the Environmental Protection Agency, specifically gutting funds for reducing pollution from coal mining and power plants. Why?  Too much clean… Continue Reading

Five Things to Do if Your Water or Neighborhood Is (or Might Be) Polluted

Posted in Contamination

(1)        Get smart. Find out the names of the polluting chemicals. You will usually learn them, as most of our clients have, from a newspaper article or TV story, or from a letter or knock on the door from a government official.  You need to know the chemicals’ names, so that you can learn about… Continue Reading

Why We Shouldn’t Trust What Polluters Say

Posted in Contamination, PCE, Pollution, TCE

It’s a heartbreaking spectacle.  Japan’s Fukushima nuclear reactor spewing radioactive material into the air and ocean. Yet, even though it’s half a world away, this disaster offers a lesson to Americans that is much bigger than simply, “Let’s be careful about nuclear power.”   The message really is: “We cannot afford to trust our health and… Continue Reading

Big Day for Polluters

Posted in Contamination, Court Ruling, Pollution

Last week, the President and Congress shook hands on a deal that stripped more than $1.5 billion – 16% – from the budget of the Environmental Protection Agency, specifically gutting funds for reducing pollution from coal mining and power plants. Why?  Too much clean air in power plant neighborhoods?  Or maybe this 16% cut is… Continue Reading

The Gulf Oil Spill, Fukushima, the Budget Bill: Why The Government Doesn’t Protect Us

Posted in Court Ruling, Pollution

We’ve been representing families in lawsuits against polluters for filling their homes with toxic chemicals for the better part of the last decade. We’ve obtained safe water supplies and clean air in homes for thousands of families, and recovered millions of dollars in lost property value for them.  During jury selection we’ve asked prospective jurors… Continue Reading

EPA Can No Longer Ignore Toxic Vapor Intrusion When Choosing The Sites Most In Need Of Cleanup

Posted in CERCLA/Superfund, Contamination

After Congress passed the Superfund law in 1980, ostensibly to set up a system to clean up the most dangerous hazardous waste sites in the country, EPA created a system to evaluate the sites most deserving of attention in the form of government money for cleanup. That system, called the Hazard Ranking System (HRS), establishes… Continue Reading

Another Overlooked Vapor Intrusion Problem Surfaces

Posted in Contamination, PCE, Pollution

Yet another case of toxic vapors invading homes through the process of vapor intrusion came to light recently in Madison, Wisconsin, where families were told that the air in their homes has been polluted with carcinogenic chemicals from the nearby Madison-Kipp manufacturing plant. PCE, a dangerous cleaning solvent which was allegedly disposed of decades ago,… Continue Reading