Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Slow Death, Slower Justice

The Texas Observer has a detailed story on our Mission lawsuit and the struggles of our clients to obtain justice against the Goliaths of the chemical industry. The story paints a good picture of the conditions at the time the plant was in full swing:
The plant exhaled pesticide dust like a vacuum cleaner with a full bag. The fan sucked poisonous dust and fumes from the factory, sending them into the neighborhood. Families left their windows open most of the year because they didn’t have air conditioners. Strong Gulf winds moved the dust around so much that residents said they could taste it. The poison blew off of trucks, open-top kettles, and piles of residue left outside, which neighborhood kids used like a community sandbox, according to former workers, locals and court records. Rainbow colored storm water frequently flooded unpaved streets, at times muddying dirt kitchen floors.