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Stericycle Utah

Stericycle Utah

In May 2013, the Utah Division of Air Quality issued a violation notice against Stericycle for record-keeping violations and excess emissions, including higher-than-permitted releases of cancer-causing dioxins. Near-by houses are consumed by the plume, particularly those homes built on the Stericycle’s property line. “There’s an elementary school just up the street, for crying out loud,” […]

Louisiana Sinkhole

Louisiana Sinkhole

Erin and her team of environmental scientists and lawyers are presently undertaking investigations to identify the cause behind the Louisiana Sinkhole. Texas-Brine, the company that owns the cavern is suspected of being the cause of the sinkhole in Assumption Parish. On May 31, 2012, parish residents noticed bubbles percolating up from both Bayou Corne and […]

Wedron, Illinois

Wedron, Illinois

In April 1982, the Illinois EPA conducted groundwater investigations in Wedron following receipt of many complaints via the Illinois Department of Public Health of people exposed to a pungent, gasoline-type odor in private well water. The investigation confirmed the presence of benzene, toluene, ethyl benzene and xylenes. Erin Brockovich’s environmental scientist, Bob Bowcock recently met […]

Midland County, Michigan

Midland County, Michigan

Erin and her team of environmental engineers and lawyers are presently investigating the dioxin contamination in Midland County, Michigan. Dow Chemical Company has acknowledged contaminating the Tittabawassee and Saginaw rivers and Saginaw Bay through historic air and river releases of the contaminant.

Hinkley, California

Hinkley, California

Despite some 600 people who were the original Hinkley litigants featured in the movie, “Erin Brockovich,” moving out of the community following settlement in 1996, the contamination still remains. Roberta Walker, depicted in the movie as the housewife sick from toxic chromium still lives in Hinkley. Following receipt of her portion of the historic $333-million […]

Hexavalent Chromium (Chromium 6)

Hexavalent Chromium (Chromium 6)

Hexavalent Chromium, also known as Chromium 6 was a major carcinogenic in the Hinkley case, of which was the subject of the movie, “Erin Brockovich.” Chromium 6 has long been identified as a cause of lung cancer when inhaled. More recently, National Toxicology Program scientists following a two year animal study, have reported that the […]

Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Greenpoint, Brooklyn

It is commonly acknowledged that the Greenpoint Oil Spill is one of the largest oil spills ever recorded in the United States. The Spill is located at Newtown Creek in the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn, NYC. Approximately, 30 million gallons of oil and petroleum products have leaked into the soil from crude oil processing facilities […]

Fracking

Fracking

Hydraulic fracturing, commonly referred to as “fracking,” is the propagation of fractures in a rock layer by a pressurized fluid. While it is the case that some hydraulic fractures do form organically, the fracking of considerable concern eventuates from inducing hydraulic fracturing via a wellbore to release petroleum, natural gas (including shale gas, tight gas, […]

Watertown, New York

Watertown, New York

People living near the toxic waste site caused by the New York Brake factory have long believed that the pollution in the area has caused them health problems. In 2012, two community members of Watertown invited Erin to investigate their concerns. In particular, Andrew Williams, who suffers neurological problems and his former neighbor, Scott Barker. […]

Wake Forest TCE Contamination

Wake Forest TCE Contamination

The issue of well contamination still poses a threat to the town of Wake Forest, situated in Wake County in the state of North Carolina. The devastating effects of the contamination of the toxic chemical Trichloroethylene, commonly referred to as TCE in the water supply has been hard hitting for residents. The Environmental Protection Agency […]

Fridley, Minnesota

Fridley, Minnesota

Erin Brockovich and colleague, Environmental Scientist, Bob Bowcock opine that Fridley is one of the worst Superfund sites in the country and that toxic chemicals could still pose a significant threat to their health. Fridley’s cancer rate is 7.6 percent higher than the average for the rest of Minnesota. More specifically, between 2000 and 2009, […]

Midland, Texas

Midland, Texas

“I never thought I’d see another Hinkley, California, but I’m afraid I might be wrong.” Hexavalent chromium was first discovered in April of 2009 at more than 50 times the acceptable federal levels in a water well near West County Road 112. “The children have so many unexplained problems. I sat down with a family […]