2005 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: 12 Aug 2005 20:58:00 -0000
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] San Martin (CA) perchlorate case goes to jury
Foul water damages?

By Matt King 
Gilroy Dispatch (CA)
August 12, 2005

San Jose - The trial against Olin Corp. ended Thursday with the
plaintiffs' lawyer imploring the jury to send a message that the company
must pay for contaminating San Martin's groundwater with perchlorate.

"How dare they pollute the groundwater? How dare they tell these people
it's OK to drink the water? How dare they attack families who don't want
to give this water to their children?" attorney Colin Pearce asked the
jury. "Set the record straight. Do the right thing."

Pearce's statement concluded three weeks of evidence and testimony in a
case believed to be the first in the nation to test whether companies
can be held financially responsible for dumping perchlorate. His clients
are four San Martin residents who contend that the discovery of the
contamination damaged their property values and caused irreparable
psychological stress.


For the entire article, see


Lenny Siegel
Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
c/o PSC, 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041
Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545
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