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JUST THE LATEST REASON FOR AMERICANS TO BE ANGRY AT THE POLITICAL ESTABLISHMENT: Members of Congress Immediately Protect Themselves Against Possible Lead Exposure, While “Regular” Americans are Routinely Denied Environmental Protection 

Posted in Government, Lead, PCE, Pollution, TCE, Uncategorized

Day after day these days, we see expressions of clueless bewilderment from government officials:  “Why are the people so mad at us?”   “Why do they hate us?”  “Why are they so anxious to throw us out of office?”  There are, of course, a thousand reasons, but none more revealing of what’s broken about our government… Continue Reading

What You Need To Know About Toxic Chemicals in Your Neighborhood – #2

Posted in Arsenic, Carbon Dioxide, Lead, PCBs, PCE, Toluene, Vinyl Chloride (VC)

By Shawn Collins and Edward Manzke of The Collins Law Firm, P.C. Co-authored by Cassidy Carroll and Jacob Exline of The Collins Law Firm, P.C. Over the last 15 years, many of our environmental contamination cases have started the same way. A family gets the startling news that their water is contaminated with some toxic chemical… Continue Reading

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

NEW STUDY: PCE EXPOSURE LINKED TO VISION PROBLEMS

Posted in Contamination, Groundwater, PCE

A study published on July 11, 2012 in Environmental Health Perspectives finds a scientific link between prenatal and early childhood exposure to PCE and adult vision problems.  The study was conducted by public health researchers at Boston University.  It studied a population on Cape Cod, Massachusetts exposed to PCE release from vinyl domestic water supply… 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

NEW STUDY: PCE EXPOSURE LINKED TO MENTAL ILLNESS

Posted in Contamination, Groundwater, PCE, Pollution, Uncategorized, Vapor Intrusion

  A study published in the journal Environmental Health on January 20, 2012 finds a scientific link between exposure to PCE in early childhood and the development of mental illness.   The study was conducted by some of the most prominent and respected toxicologists and public health researchers in the nation.  It studied a population on… Continue Reading

STUDY LINKS VAPOR INTRUSION TO BIRTH DEFECTS

Posted in Contamination, Government, Groundwater, PCE, Pollution, TCE, Vapor Intrusion

For decades, hundreds of homes in a section of Union, New York known as Endicott have been sitting above a plume of TCE and PCE contaminated groundwater.  TCE and PCE are man-made solvents historically used by corporations to strip grease and grime off metal parts.  Endicott is just south of a former IBM manufacturing facility… 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

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

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

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

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