Pollution Law Watch

Monthly Archives: June 2015

Environmental Discrimination in Richmond, California

Posted in Arsenic, Chromium, Government, Pollution

Last week, in a blog called “Environmental Justice is a Civil Right”, I wrote about how polluting industries and the governments that enable them often choose to locate health-damaging factories among communities of poor minority citizens who don’t have the resources to resist. A sad and compelling case in point is made by Javier Sierra… Continue Reading

CITIZENS AT RISK: Transporting Dangerous Chemicals By Train Is a Massive Tragedy Waiting to Happen

Posted in Contamination, EPCRA, Government, Petroleum Contamination (BTEX), Toluene, Vinyl Chloride (VC)

“We don’t need a higher body count before they move forward.” — Deborah Hersman, NTSB Chairman 2009-2014 Co-Authored by Jaclyn Kostich of The Collins Law Firm, P.C.   We’ve all been caught by one of those rumbling, seemingly endless freight trains that have become an increasingly common sight in our neighborhood. Have you ever wondered… Continue Reading

Contamination in America’s Drinking Water, and The Harm It Causes

Posted in Arsenic, Contamination, Water

Co-authored by Gregory Zimmer of The Collins Law Firm, P.C. What are the most common harmful chemicals in water that many Americans drink every day? What harm can these chemicals cause to people? The EPA regulates the nation’s drinking water supply through National Primary Drinking Water Regulations (NPDWRs or primary standards), which are legally enforceable… Continue Reading