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footnote on "criminal" trespass
In Acton, Mass it was only as a result of criminal
trespass by a jogger on the W.R. Grace property
that the dumping and contamination of one of Acton's
main aquifers and water supply was discovered. This
led eventually to one of the largest chemical contamination
settlements in the U.S. and the Acton aquifer restoration
I am certain there are hundreds of other examples
in which so-called "criminal" activity led to a disclosure
of corporate wrongdoing as a result of the sharing
of secret or hidden information. It is the corporate
polluters and their public relations firms that fear
disclosure, "trespass", "illegal" information leaks,
and whistleblowers. (One odd - and funny - example
of this is the "worst-case scenario" counter-attack
strategy cooked up by a PR firm for Clorox Corporation
against Greenpeace. Of course, the PR firm did not
plan on the really worst-case scenario - that the plan
would be leaked to Greenpeace!
Everyone should get a copy of "Toxic Sludge Is Good For You"
by John Stauber. It's a scream, and also deadly serious
with regard to how the pollution industries are "greening"
themselves. It has a large section on sludge application
on land, and how certain PR firms are engaged in "selling"
this new "technology".