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Concern for environmental issues is not new to Beasley Allen. While serving as Lt. Governor for the State of Alabama, in 1971 the firm’s future Principal & Founder Jere Beasley vowed to take control of pollution laws out of the hands of big utilities and special interest groups, and put it back into the hands of the average citizen.

Protection of people and their property from large corporate polluters is still our top priority. A unique feature of our growing environmental toxic tort practice is the ability to represent a large number of people harmed by damage to their property. Our attorneys are fighting to make a difference in the lives of those threatened by environmental toxins that contaminate waterways, soil and wildlife, endangering human health and life.

Elevated lead levels found in California industry workers’ blood

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One of a number of possible toxins that workers can potentially be exposed to, lead has made headlines lately for its toxicity in drinking water, but a new study shows lead is also an issue for California workers in munitions, manufacturing and other industries. A January 2017 study by the Occupational Health Branch of the California Department of Public Health, known as Cal/OSHA, found of the 38,440 workers who had their blood tested for lead from 2012 through 2014, 6,051 workers had elevated levels, according to PBS. An elevated lead level is considered 5 or more micrograms of lead per ... Read More

Residents are seeking $722.4 million in damages over Flint Water Crisis

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More than 1,700 Flint, Michigan, residents are seeking $722.4 million in damages over the alleged mishandling of the city’s water crisis. Jan Burgess, individually and on behalf of 1,703 residents, sued the U.S. government in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan contending the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is liable for damages under the Federal Tort Claims Act due to negligence, specifically that the EPA failed to adhere to specific regulations and caused plaintiffs’ injuries, according to Lexis Legal News. In the suit, filed Jan. 30, the plaintiffs maintain the EPA failed to take mandatory steps, including ... Read More

Final Report on 2013 North Dakota oil train crash faults defective axle in other train

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Federal investigators released a final report Feb. 7 on a fiery oil train derailment and spill that forced the evacuation of Casselton, North Dakota, blaming the disaster on a defective axle on another train. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said the Dec. 30, 2013, derailment and crash occurred when a defective axle broke on a BNSF train hauling soybeans, forcing a section of the train to derail. Two men aboard the oil train told investigators that heavy, blowing snow obscured the tracks from their vision shortly before they saw a derailed train car lying across the tracks. The men ... Read More

Trump’s Pipeline Order Risks Water Supply For 17 Million People, Tribal Leader Says

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Donald Trump’s executive order granting approval of an easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) through Native American land jeopardizes the water supply for 17 million people and disregards a longstanding treaty between the Sioux Nation and the U.S. government, Dave Archambault II, chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, said, vowing legal action to fight the newly elected president’s action. “President Trump is legally required to honor our treaty rights and provide a fair and reasonable pipeline process,” Chairman Archambault said after news broke of the executive order, which he called “politically motivated.” “Americans know this pipeline was unfairly ... Read More

California May Soon Put Cancer Warnings On Monsanto’s Roundup

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California took a big step toward requiring agribusiness giant Monsanto to label its glyphosate herbicide Roundup as a probable cancer risk when a Fresno County Superior Court judge tentatively ruled Jan. 27 in favor of the warning. A formal decision on the matter, expected to come within days, is now all that separates California regulators from requiring Monsanto to warn the public of Roundup’s potential link to cancer. Once state authorities enforce an order for the warning, Monsanto would have a year to comply. California is one of the biggest markets in the world for Monsanto’s Roundup, which is sold ... Read More

Another Pipeline Rupture In Western North Dakota Releases Toxic Salt Water

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Another toxic pipeline spill has occurred in western North Dakota, just three miles away from the site of a major oil spill that released 176,000 gallons of crude oil into Ash Coulee Creek near Belfield, North Dakota, in December and about 150 miles from where the Standing Rock Sioux and their allies are protesting development of the Dakota Access Pipeline. According to Forum News Service, a broken White Rock Oil and Gas flow line running from an oil well to a nearby treatment unit ruptured and released about 280 barrels of toxic salt water and 20 barrels of oil into Franks Creek. The spill ... Read More

Magellan Pipeline Spill Releases 38,000 gallons of diesel in North-Central Iowa

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Federal investigators joined Iowa authorities to investigate an underground pipeline breach that released 138,000 gallons of diesel fuel in a farm field and surrounding land in north-central Iowa Jan. 25. The pipeline is owned by Magellan Midstream Partners, a subsidiary of Magellan Pipeline Company, which has been fined several times over the last few years for numerous oil spills, most of which have occurred in the Midwest. “It’s a big one. It’s significant,” Jeff Vansteenburg of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources told the Des Moines Register. According to a safety plan Magellan submitted to the U.S. Department of Transportation, the 2-inch ... Read More

Study shows OSHA’s manganese limits may be endangering workers

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Recent findings by researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis suggest the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) permissible exposure limit (PEL) for manganese should be lowered, according to the school’s website. The study shows OSHA’s manganese limits may be endangering workers. Questions about the health effects of manganese, a trace element used mostly in steel production to improve hardness and strength, dates back to at least the 1990s, when the Agency for Toxic Substance and Disease Registry (ATSDR) was completing a toxicological profile on it, according to the National Institutes of Health. This most recent ... Read More

Magellan Pipeline Settles Violations Related To Fuel Spills in Three States

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Magellan Pipeline Company has reached an $18-million agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) settling alleged violations of the Clean Water Act related to pipeline spills of gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel in Texas City, Texas; Nemaha, Nebraska; and El Dorado, Kansas. Under the agreement, Tulsa, Oklahoma-based Magellan will spend $16 million on improving training for its staff and monitoring the integrity of its 11,000 miles of pipeline. A public transparency measure also requires the company to report information about certain types of pipeline releases and its responses to them. The other $2 ... Read More

VA Grants Disability To Marines Sickened By Toxic Camp Lejeune Groundwater

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In what was described by one high-ranking VA physician as a “major first,” the Department of Veterans Affairs has passed a new rule that allows U.S. Marines who were harmed by toxic groundwater at Camp Lejeune to receive government disability for injuries not sustained on the battlefield. Outgoing VA Secretary Bob McDonald said there is ample scientific and medical evidence establishing a strong link between contaminated groundwater supplies at Camp Lejeune from 1953 through 1987 and eight potentially deadly medical disorders. In the early ’80s, military officials discovered the presence of various volatile organic compounds, including trichloroethylene, perchloroethylene, benzene, and ... Read More