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Supreme Court Victory for Human Health and the Environment

Posted in Benzene, CAA, Citizen Suit, Contamination, Court Ruling, Fracking, Government, Groundwater, PCE, Petroleum Contamination (BTEX), Pollution, RCRA, TCE, Uncategorized, Vapor Intrusion, Vinyl Chloride (VC)

In a recent decision described by EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy as “a resounding victory for public health and a key component of EPA’s efforts to make sure all Americans have clean air to breathe,” the Supreme Court backed federally imposed limits on smoke stack emissions that cross state lines.  The ruling, issued on April 29th,… Continue Reading

Multi-Million Dollar Settlements Reached In Vapor Intrusion Cases

Posted in Citizen Suit, Contamination, Court Ruling, Government, PCE, Pollution, TCE, Uncategorized, Vapor Intrusion

In several prior posts on this Blog, we have reported on developments in two class action lawsuits filed by The Pollution Lawyers on behalf of Madison, Wisconsin area families who live near a factory owned and operated by Madison-Kip Corporation (“MKC”).  Contamination was discovered on the MKC site back in the early 1990’s. Despite oversight… Continue Reading

Minneapolis Families Told of Looming Vapor Intrusion Threat 3 Decades Later

Posted in Citizen Suit, Contamination, Government, Groundwater, Pollution, Uncategorized, Vapor Intrusion

Late last week the Minnesota Department of Health notified several hundred residents of the Como neighborhood that they may be threatened by vapors containing cancer causing chemicals released from the former General Mills facility on East Hennepin Avenue.   A review of the records shows that General Mills and the State have known about this problem… Continue Reading

New Illinois Vapor Intrusion Regs Offer Cold Comfort to Illinois Families

Posted in Citizen Suit, Contamination, Government, Groundwater, Pollution, Uncategorized, Vapor Intrusion

Late this summer Illinois finally implemented regulations designed to consider the vapor intrusion pathway when looking cleanup of polluted sites within the State.  Like our State’s approach to many issues of critical public concern, the action is a day late and a dollar short. Vapor intrusion refers to the migration of harmful industrial chemicals into… Continue Reading

Looming Vapor Intrusion Problem In Muskegon Michigan?

Posted in Citizen Suit, Contamination, Government, Groundwater, Pollution, TCE, Uncategorized, Vapor Intrusion

On Tuesday September 10th  local media reported that investigation of the former Burgess-Norton plant on Nims Street in Muskegon continues to drag on. Click here to read the article.  A closer look reveals a troubling, and far too common scenario…….the precise scenario Shawn Collins discussed in his most recent blog post.  We have a severe… Continue Reading

Contamination Victims Deserve a Lawyer, Too

Posted in Citizen Suit, Contamination, Court Ruling, Government, Groundwater, Pollution, Vapor Intrusion

Our work for contamination victims typically starts out like this: A group of families get “bad news”.  They’re told — often at a community meeting in the basement of a local town hall or church — that their water supply has just been tested, and that dangerous industrial chemicals are in the water they drink and… Continue Reading

Class Action Status Granted In Vapor Intrusion Case Against Madison-Kipp Corporation

Posted in Citizen Suit, Contamination, Court Ruling, PCE, Pollution, RCRA, Vapor Intrusion

Earlier this year (see, post dated February 3, 2012), we reported on the filing of class action claims in a lawsuit brought by residents of Madison, Wisconsin against the Madison-Kipp Corporation (“MKC”).  The Pollution Lawyers originally filed this suit in October 2011 on behalf of seven families who live immediately adjacent to MKC’s manufacturing plant,… Continue Reading

Families file class action claims against Madison-Kipp Corporation

Posted in Citizen Suit, Contamination, PCE, Pollution, RCRA, Vapor Intrusion

Previously on this Blog (see, posts dated May 9, 2011 and October 28, 2011), we reported on a serious vapor intrusion problem facing Madison, Wisconsin families who live near the Madison-Kipp Corporation (“MKC”) manufacturing plant.  Since our last report, additional environmental testing was conducted in the area that revealed toxic PCE vapors were present on… Continue Reading

STIFF-ARM CITY: Chancellor and Department of Education Break Promise to Families of Highly Contaminated Bronx New School

Posted in Citizen Suit, Contamination, Government, Pollution, TCE, Vapor Intrusion

Before we get to the broken promise, let’s first re-cap DOE’s disregard for the health of the children who have attended The Bronx New School for the last 20 years [feel free to visit my previous blogs on this subject dated: 8/30, 8/26, and 8/22. ] (1) In 1992, DOE signs a 20-year lease to… Continue Reading

STAND UP AND FIGHT… YOU CAN SHAME YOUR GOVERNMENT INTO DOING SOMETHING ABOUT CONTAMINATION IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD

Posted in Benzene, Citizen Suit, Contamination, Government, Groundwater, Lead, PCE, Petroleum Contamination (BTEX), Pollution, RCRA, TCE, Uncategorized

This is a hopeful story.  But it must first wind its way through some seemingly discouraging territory.  Hang with me, though, and we’ll get to the hopeful part.  I promise. Here’s the discouraging part: You cannot trust your government to tell you that your air or water is contaminated.  Or to protect you against the… Continue Reading

IS ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION FOR SALE… OR DOES IT JUST LOOK THAT WAY?

Posted in Citizen Suit, Contamination, Government, Pollution

You may have heard that President Obama is trying to get himself re-elected.  What you may not have heard is what US EPA Chief, Lisa Jackson, is doing to help him. Last month, the President sent out an invitation to attend his money-raising events in San Francisco.  The invitation said that, by giving $5,000, contributors… Continue Reading

Suit Filed Against Madison, Wisconsin Polluter

Posted in Citizen Suit, Contamination, Groundwater, PCE, Pollution, RCRA, TCE, Vapor Intrusion

Back in May of this year, Norm Berger posted an article in this Blog about a serious vapor intrusion problem in Madison, Wisconsin caused by the manufacturing company Madison-Kipp Corp. (“MKC”).  As Norm reported, families living near the MKC plant had recently learned that the toxic chemicals PCE and TCE were present in vapor form… Continue Reading

AT LONG LAST EPA DECLARES TCE A HUMAN CARCINOGEN

Posted in Citizen Suit, Contamination, Groundwater, Pollution, RCRA, TCE, Vapor Intrusion

After slow-walking the process consistent with its decades long standard operating procedure,  the U.S. EPA  finally recognized what credible scientists have been saying for many years: exposure to TCE causes cancer.  The earth is not flat after all.   On September 28, EPA released the final health assessment for trichloroethylene (TCE) to the Integrated Risk Information System… Continue Reading

CRIMINAL NEGLIGENCE? Did School Officials Send Kids to TCE-Contaminated Bronx School for 20 Years?

Posted in Citizen Suit, Contamination, Government, Lead, Pollution, TCE

Something really wrong happened here. Bronx Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott just announced the closing of the Bronx New School.  Walcott said that the soil at the school– and the air that the kids breathe at the school–are soaked with a carcinogen known as trichloroethylene, or TCE.  And not just a little bit of TCE.  Contamination… Continue Reading

Pollution Lawyers Team Recognized By Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

Posted in Citizen Suit, Contamination, Court Ruling, Government, Groundwater, Pollution, RCRA, Vapor Intrusion

The Pollution Lawyers were recently recognized in two articles published by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin for our work in pollution cases.  One article discusses the joining of our two firms to create The Pollution Lawyers name, our history, including our obtaining many millions of dollars for our clients since 2000, as well as remedies… Continue Reading

Vapor Intrusion Class Action Settlement

Posted in Citizen Suit, Contamination, Court Ruling, PCE, Pollution, TCE, Vinyl Chloride (VC)

The Pollution Lawyers recently received final court approval of an $8.1 million settlement of one of its environmental contamination cases. In late 2008, families in the small town of Attica, Indiana learned that toxic chemical vapors were entering the air inside their homes.  After getting the bad news, these families turned to The Pollution Lawyers… Continue Reading

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