POLLUTION: The Classic Case

The basic issues could not be simpler—even though they have taken 8½ months, more than 800 official exhibits and 18,500 pages of court testimony to spell out. Indeed, the federal court suit against Reserve Mining Co. has become the classic pollution case because it poses so sharply the questions of whether or not damage to a region's environment is worse than damage to the same region's economy, and of who should pay for cleaning up pollution. Ten plaintiffs, including the Federal Government and the states of Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota, want a Reserve plant to stop discharging what...

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