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What You Need To Know About Toxic Chemicals in Your Neighborhood – #4

Posted in PAHs/PNAs, Perchlorate, Petroleum Contamination (BTEX), Uncategorized, Xylene

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

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

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

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

GET YOUR WELL WATER TESTED!

Posted in Benzene, Contamination, Government, Groundwater, Petroleum Contamination (BTEX), Pollution, Vapor Intrusion

This is about the importance of getting your well water tested, immediately, when there is even the possibility that it is contaminated. North Stamford, Connecticut and Rockford, Illinois are half a country apart, and have many other things that would seem to distinguish them from one another.  But they have one thing profoundly in common: … Continue Reading