Environment: Prosecuting Pollution

"Mr. Attorney General, I think your policy of wholesale lawsuits in pollution cases is lousy."

"Sir, I don't agree with wholesale lawsuits either. I've instructed my staff to pick out the worst polluters we can find. And your company won the prize."

After this blunt exchange with an executive of a large chemical company, Illinois Attorney General William Scott Jr. haled the corporation to court for fouling the air with "divers noxious fumes, gases and chemical substances." It was typical of more than 200 lawsuits that Scott has brought against the state's polluting industries,...

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