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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.

Alleged Monsanto Roundup Cancer Victim Shares Plight With CNN

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After years of spraying Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide on her coffee farm in Hawaii, Christine Sheppard developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Now, as a stage IV cancer patient, she is one of more than 800 other cancer patients who are pursuing legal action against the agrochemical giant, alleging Roundup caused their cancer. Ms. Sheppard, 67, told CNN that she learned of her cancer after her right leg “swelled up enormously.” An ultrasound found that her body was full of late-stage, large-cell cancer. She is undergoing chemotherapy, which has diminished her mobility and quality of life. Beyond her constant pain, she is experiencing “a ... Read More

Lawyers Focus On 3M After $5 Million Tennessee River Contamination Settlement

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Rural water customers in northern Alabama’s Tennessee River Valley are preparing to take on multinational manufacturer 3M in court, alleging its Decatur plant contaminated the drinking water supply with harmful chemicals. Last week, Alabama federal judge Abdul Kallon approved a $5 million settlement between Daikin America Inc. and the West Morgan-East Lawrence Water Authority and its customers. The settlement resolves Daikin’s portion of the complaint. “We can now, on behalf of everyone harmed by these chemicals, take dead aim at the biggest corporate villain in the Tennessee Valley, 3M, and work aggressively to hold them accountable,” an attorney representing the ... Read More

Cleanup Underway on Oil Spill In NYC’s East River

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A ruptured Con Edison transformer in Brooklyn may have spilled more than 5,000 gallons of oil into the East River and about 31,000 gallons of oily dielectric fluid on land, the U.S. Coast Guard said Wednesday, May 11. “A transformer containing approximately 37,000 gallons of insulating oil used with electrical equipment, failed on Sunday May 7 at 12:23 p.m., causing much of the oil to be released within the station property in addition to the East River,” Con Edison said in a statement. Coast Guard crews were attempting to contain the oil spill in the East River by laying oil booms ... Read More

Benzene Concerns Prompt Tacoma Community To Buy Air Monitors

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Concerned about benzene emissions and other airborne pollutants, some Tacoma, Washington, communities are self-monitoring air quality as two Tacoma Tideflats companies dealing in high volumes of fossil fuels seek to expand their operations. According to The (Tacoma) News Tribune, Targa Sound Terminal, a lessor of petroleum and biofuel storage tanks, plans to add natural gasoline to the fuels it receives by rail, stores, and ships out from its Port of Tacoma location. Meanwhile, Emerald Services, which treats and stores waste and operates a used motor oil refinery, seeks to expand its operations by 10 percent. The Puget Sound Clean Air ... Read More

North Dakota Oil Spill Pollutes Little Missouri River Tributary

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An oil spill in western North Dakota released more than a thousand gallons of a crude oil and salt water mixture before it was discovered Saturday, April 22, polluting a tributary of the Little Missouri River. According to the Associated Press, the pipeline released an estimated 756 gallons of oil and 294 gallons of salt water, a drilling byproduct, contaminating a 14-mile stretch of Little Beaver Creek. North Dakota’s Department of Health estimated that about 100 gallons of that mixture entered the tributary. The owner of the pipeline, Continental Resources of Oklahoma City, said Wednesday, April 26, that the cause ... Read More

Whistleblower Gets $1 Million For Exposing Princess Cruise Oil Dumping

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A whistleblower who reported illegal oil waste dumping from a Princess Cruise Lines ship that eventually exposed widespread oil dumping among other Princess ships received a $1 million award April 19. U.S. District Judge Patricia Seitz in Miami, who imposed a record $40 million criminal penalty on Princess and its parent company Carnival Corporation, awarded the $1 million payout to a British engineer who documented the Caribbean Princess using a “magic pipe” to illegally discharge oily wastewater off the coast of England in August 2013. Evidence provided by the newly hired ship engineer prompted inspections of the ship both in ... Read More

Manufacturer With History of Benzene Emissions Served With Federal Search Warrant

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Three federal agencies served a search warrant April 18 to an Erie, Pennsylvania, manufacturer with a history of pollution problems. GoErie.com reports that the search warrant was served to Erie Coke Corp. by the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Criminal Investigations Division, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, but the agencies provided little details to the public about the reason for the action. “EPA can confirm a federal search warrant is being served at the 925 E. Bay Street in Erie, Pa.,” the EPA said in a news release, according to GoErie.com. “This search ... Read More

Dakota Access Pipeline Builder Under Fire In Ohio Over Drilling Disasters

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A 2-million-gallon spill of drilling fluids was discovered in the wetlands of the Tuscarawas River near Navarre, Ohio, April 13, adding to other serious environmental disasters Energy Transfer Partners LP has triggered in its construction of a new $4.2-billion natural gas pipeline, which has been underway less than a month. According to a recent filing with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Energy Transfer also spilled 50,000 gallons of drilling pollutants into the wetlands near Columbus, Ohio, during the Rover pipeline installation. Both of the spills occurred while Energy Transfer was drilling horizontally underground for the pipeline placement. In the ... Read More

Non-Profit Groups Sue Monsanto Over Roundup Label Safety Claims

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Agrochemical giant Monsanto is being sued by two nonprofit organizations over the labeling on its widely used herbicide Roundup, which claims that it is formulated to “target an enzyme found in plants but not in people or pets.” Beyond Pesticides and the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) assert in their lawsuit that the statement is false, deceptive, and misleading since the enzyme targeted by Roundup’s active ingredient glyphosate is also found in people and pets, Beyond Pesticides reports. The nonprofits filed the lawsuit jointly against Monsanto on behalf of the general public in Washington D.C. under the District of Columbia’s Consumer ... Read More

Brooklyn Fuel Depot Spills Estimated 27,000 Gallons of Diesel At Gravesend Bay

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An oil spill attributed to a transfer error at a Brooklyn fuel depot has released an estimated 27,000 gallons of diesel fuel into Gravesend Bay and the land around it, BKLYNER discovered, noting that the spill and cleanup response were not publicized. Interviewing multiple sources involved in the spill response, BKLYNER reports that the spill started before sunrise on Thursday, March 30, at Brooklyn’s Bayside Fuel Depot. BKLYNER says it was tipped off by video and pictures of the spill’s aftermath and extensive cleanup response it obtained. A representative from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation confirmed the ... Read More