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  • Toxic Legacy

    Employees of Technicoat, a metal coating company based in Fort Worth in the ‘70s and 80s, hired teenagers to dispose of industrial waste and harmful chemicals. None of the employees went through any kind of safety training or were given protective gear. Now many of the company’s former employees have either died from illnesses linked to chemical exposure or are currently battling illnesses that are likely related to being exposed to chemicals during their tenure at Technicoat. The story found that the city of Fort Worth and the Tarrant Regional Water District are still dealing with the environmental impact of the company’s illegal chemical dumping – sometimes down storm drains, in holes dug in the ground, or straight into the Trinity River – as the area that housed the Technicoat plant is being redeveloped. It also discovered that the company blatantly disregarded federal safety standards and was fined multiple times by different federal, state, and local agencies for environmental and safety violations.
  • In Harm's Way

    The Houston Chronicle funded and conducted a study into air quality at 84 homes and 16 public places in four Southwest Texas communities adjacent to major refineries and/or chemical plants. The newspaper also analyzed more than a decade's worth of air pollution data collected by the state. The effort revealed that residents in this area were being exposed to elevated levels of dangerous and cancer-causing pollutants. Officials were aware of this and some of their own employees charged with monitoring the air were getting sick themselves. The study was able to pinpoint the culprit, adjacent industries.
  • Toxic Legacy

    The authors investigated the massive quantity of waste produced by Ford Motor Co. The waste has polluted watersheds and other environmentally sensitive areas 25 years after the automaker closed the assembly plant in Mahwah, NJ. The water supply for one quarter of the state's population is threatened by leaching industrial waste.
  • A Deadly Legacy Of Poisons From The Past

    Business Week reports on buried industrial waste from manufactured gas that is leaking toxins into the environment, and who's left holding the bill. The nationwide cleanup is estimated to be in the billions of dollars. Toxic tars, wood chips are iron filings that were used to remove sulfur and cyanide from manufactured gas were often dumped or buried illegally. Under the right conditions (as occurred Wisconsin) this waste can generate poisonous cyanide gas.
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    The Humanist describes how people of color within the United States are being subjected to more than their fair share of America's industrial waste; because of unfair zoning practices, unenforced laws and bad planning minorities are exposed harmful toxins, July/August 1994.
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    The Saratogian (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) investigates the widespread illness among residents on Canal Road; many became ill when they drank the water, and some had cancer; interviews revealed that industrial waste had been buried in the former Erie Canal; the state, which had been dragging its feet on the matter, sped up its study and located toxic waste, then estabished a cancer study, November - December 1992.
  • Cloud of Concern

    KWWL-TV (Waterloo, Iowa) looks at the hazards of the production, transportation and storage of anhydrous ammonia and how the chemical industry and the EPA have conspired to bury and ignore tests that demonstrate the extremely hazardous nature of the chemical, April 29, 1991.
  • Cry for help

    KWWL-TV (Waterloo, Iowa) reports on the efforts of a cancer-stricken family that lives close to a toxic waste site to receive state and federal attention to their problem; neighbors relying on drinking water from private wells near the site had never been warned of possible dangers.
  • ILL WIND

    Boston Herald surveys the state of Massachusetts to find what chemicals are released into the air, and finds large amounts of cancer-causing compounds are released by industries near densely populated areas.
  • Dumping

    WITI-TV (Milwaukee) airs series that reveals illegal dumping of non-hazardous industrial wastes into Milwaukee sewers; also finds sewer district operating system of open sewer manholes that allowed waste-hauling companies to dump wastes without supervision, July 22-24, 1987.