Accession Number : ADA328009

Title :   Litigating Groundwater Contamination: Is It Worth the Price?: Six Case Studies,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH

Personal Author(s) : Pischnotte, Zeb

PDF Url : ADA328009

Report Date : AUG 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 71

Abstract : A Civil Action is a is nonfiction chronicle of the events and circumstances in Woburn, Massachusetts, a town located 13 miles north of Boston, which led to litigation for deaths and injuries allegedly caused by industrial chemical contamination in the Woburn City public water system, the Anderson case. The book generally follows chronologically from the time when twelve children residing in Woburn, six of which lived within a one-half mile radius of each other, were diagnosed with leukemia, to the discovery of contamination in the city water system, and then through the lengthy litigation that followed this discovery. More importantly than simply telling this story, A Civil Action takes a hard look at the often gargantuan efforts, in terms of time, resources, and money, both plaintiffs and defendants must put forth in pursuing and defending environmental litigation of this type. Although the result in Anderson was arguably favorable to the plaintiffs, the book left me asking myself, 'Was it worth it?'

Descriptors :   *CHEMICAL CONTAMINATION, *WATER SUPPLIES, *LITIGATION, TIME, GROUND WATER, WATER POLLUTION, CASE STUDIES, CHILDREN, URBAN AREAS, MASSACHUSETTS, LEUKEMIA.

Subject Categories : Water Pollution and Control
      Sociology and Law

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE