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  • Kill Zone

    KARK-TV (Little Rock) discovers the wreckage from a chemical train derailment has never been cleaned up in the ten years since the accident; the tanker cars are still sitting where they derailed, and are still full of dangerous chemicals; the leakage from the wreck was polluting area water systems, Feb. 25 - 26, 1988.
  • ZZZZ Best restoration Scams

    KCBS-TV (Los Angeles) documents how a 21 - year - old man tricked banks and his auditors into believing his company had obtained million-dollar contracts to restore water-damaged buildings, but neither the contracts nor the buildings existed, Jan. 13, 1988.
  • "HARBOR HARVEST"

    WBZ-TV (Boston) follows the path of lobster fished out of the dirty waters of Boston Harbor; checks the veracity of retailer's statements denying they sell lobsters from the harbor, Aug. 31, 1988.
  • "Lead Alert"

    WWOR-TV (Secaucus, N.J.) finds 75 percent of the schools the station tested in New York and New Jersey had dangerously high levels of lead in drinking water; also discovers hazardous lead paint in more than 30,000 New York City classrooms, Feb. 22 - 24, 1988.
  • Poison and the Pentagon

    WGBH-TV (Boston) documents the military's poor record of cleaning up its toxic wastes that have contaminated ground water around the country; reveals that the Navy, Army, and Air Force have completed cleanups on just a fraction of the 3,700 toxic sites identified so far, April 5, 1988.
  • Puppy Mills Investigation

    KCRA-TV (Sacramento) airs a four-part series detailing the abuse and neglect of dogs in the "puppy mills" of the Midwest; the breeding dogs were kept in inhumane, filthy cages and received inadequate food, water, and exercise.
  • The Big Thirst

    El Paso (Texas) Herald-Post exposes the depletion of international and interstate water resources, bureaucratic mismanagement and political corruption affecting the water supplies of El Paso and Juarez (Mexico); reveals the El Paso Public Service Board is operated as a developer-dominated city utility.
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    Intelligencer/Record (Doylestown, Pa.) discloses that a county water resources authority spent millions of dollars to fight the very project the authority had been commissioned to build; exposes the role of the bond trustee in authorizing the spending, Feb. 28 - March 6, 1988.
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    Daily Herald discovers the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers allowed developers to file permit requests after they already had destroyed wetlands in violation of the 1972 Clean Water Act, Feb. 28 - 30, 1988.
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    Hartford Courant reveals that one of the state's largest defense contractors discharges polluted waste water into a potential drinking water supply, and dumps cans of poisonous chemicals into a landfill near a river used for recreation, April 10 - 19, 27 & July 16, 1988.