Environment: Bad News for Polluters

After four months of deliberation, a federal grand jury last week took action in Virginia's notorious Kepone scandal, in which 70 people involved in the production of the pesticide were poisoned and the James River was polluted by the substance (TIME, Feb. 2). In what may well prove to be a landmark action, the jury indicted a chemical company, the owners of another chemical firm and the city of Hopewell, Va., on a record number of charges of violating federal antipollution laws.

Allied Chemical Corp., which developed and produced Kepone and later subcontracted its...

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