"You know a man by the company he keeps." That's what the Ancient Greek story teller, Aesop, said a long time ago. The expression has survived until today because it makes sense: we all know that there is a lot to be learned about someone by seeing the friends he/she chooses.
For the last 17 years, I and a team of lawyers have been representing families threatened by TCE contamination in their water supply, in the groundwater underneath their homes, and in the air inside their homes (called "vapor intrusion"). Recent reports in the media unfortunately describe how TCE, disposed of years ago in Nonantum, Massachusetts has seeped into the groundwater about 60 feet below the surface, and, after turning into gas ('vapor"), has risen back up through the soil and intruded into the breathing space of area homes.
Illinois legislators have an opportunity this fall to do something important and help to regain some of the public's trust in government. They can pass a bill to test for lead in the drinking water at Illinois' schools. (Yes, believe it or not, no such testing is currently required....as if we needed a reason to think even less of the state's leadership.)
This is about how to send the right message to a company that is alleged to have willfully endangered the health of workers.
Residents in a subdivision of Naperville, Illinois, believe that their recent health complaints, and mold-like staining on their backyard patios and fencing, are being caused by a "toxic mist" spraying off of a fountain in a pond adjacent to their homes. These resident also claim that they have tested the pond's water themselves, and found excessively high levels of E Coli bacteria. (The subdivision responsible for the pond says they, too, have tested the pond water, but that no excessive E Coli was detected.) 1
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?"
PORTLAND PARKS DIRECTOR NEEDS TO 'GET' THAT LEAD-CONTAMINATED DRINKING WATER IS DANGEROUS.....OR QUIT HIS JOB
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, upholds rules adopted by EPA in 2011 that force polluting power plants to limit the emission of pollutants that ultimately contaminate air in downwind states and cause smog and acid rain. The Supreme Court held that under the Federal Clean Air Act, the EPA can regulate states that do not adequately control downwind pollution. According to the EPA, the reduction in air pollution will result in hundreds of billions of dollars in health care savings and prevent more than 30,000 premature deaths.