[Marxism] Blog Post: Killing People in Apollo: An Update

michael yates mikedjyates at msn.com
Sat Oct 20 09:56:28 MDT 2012


Full at http://cheapmotelsandahotplate.org/2012/10/20/killing-people-in-apollo-an-update/


Last May I reported on the plight of people in the western Pennsylvania town of Apollo. As a result of gross corporate negligence, many residents have suffered serious illnesses from the uranium fuel plants located in and close to the village. The last owner of the facilities was the global conglomerate, Babcock & Wilcox. Left behind when the plants closed in 1986 “were contaminated land and water and sick and dead residents.” As a result of lawsuits filed in the 1990s, Babcock & Wilcox and ARCO (the previous owner) were forced to pay $80 million to compensate victims for cancers and loss of property value. Now scores of new lawsuits have been filed against the two corporations, which must contend with a damning report by an expert witness to the federal court hearing the cases that states that the companies knew about “worst-in-the-nation releases of radioactive materials that spanned decades” but didn’t do much to protect the health of the residents. 		 	   		  



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