Genesis GonzalezApril 18, 2018DefenseAngelia Alam – Opening StatementMatthew Tem- ChemicalRthura Cevallos- MedicalMayra Reyes- GeologistOdorico SanNicolas- EpidemiologyGenesis Gonzalez & Riley Desmarais- Corporations/professional witnessesLily Okay. – Closing StatementStatement of ChargeSchlichtmann charged W.R. Grace & Firm, of New York, and Beatrice Meals Firm, of Chicago, claiming each corporations had contaminated two municipal wells in East Woburn. W.R. Grace & Firm and Beatrice Meals Firm are being charged individually for incorrectly disposing the next chemical substances:Trichloroethylene (TCE) Tetrachloroethylene (PCE)1,1,1-trichloroethane (TCA)1,2-trans-dichloroethylene (DCE)Chloroform.
W.R. Grace & Firm and Beatrice Meals Firm are each individually chargeable for exposing the residents of Woburn, Massachusetts to the poisonous quantities of chemical substances and/or the damaging sicknesses, psychological illness, and emotional sufferings led to by the contamination of the water by chemical substances in wells G and H. Among the identified causes of those exposing oneself to such chemical substances are leukemia/ different cancers, injury to at least one’s organs, neurological issues, illness, and even cardiac arrhythmias.Assertion of ResponsibilityI, Genesis Gonzalez, am representing W.R. Grace ; Firm together with Beatrice Meals Firm.
Each corporations are being blamed by the plaintiffs for not correctly disposing of the chemical substances which have been discovered within the wells, and they’re charging us for his or her youngsters turning into sick and buying leukemia. Neither of those corporations had any involvement within the contamination of wells G and H, the place the residents of Woburn acquired their water. Each W.R. Grace ; Firm and Beatrice Meals Firm adopted all rules which have been required on the time of the incident. It appears the river was believed to be already contaminated earlier than arriving to the wells, thus explaining why regardless that the businesses’ disposed chemical substances into the river, leukemia didn’t come from both of the businesses sources. There isn’t any means the businesses are guilty for the plaintiffs claims as a result of they managed the wells not the water in these wells.
Subsequently, the chemical substances that have been used from W.R. Grace & Firm and Beatrice Meals Firm haven’t any relation to the youngsters of sure residents getting leukemia, as different members from my group have tried to state and show. They want somebody guilty for this sequence of unlucky occasions and since W.R. Grace & Firm and Beatrice Meals Firm have been native corporations, they put the blame on them.Proof for ArgumentW.R. Grace & Firm and Beatrice Meals Firm are being held chargeable for the sickness and ensuing deaths of kids of the residents within the Woburn, Massachusetts space as a result of contamination of wells G and H which, in keeping with the dad and mom of the youngsters, gave them leukemia.
W.R. Grace & Firm did dispose their waste within the river behind the crops every night and regardless that it examined optimistic for Trichloroethylene, it couldn’t have been the trigger to the sickness and dying of the youngsters. W.R. Grace & Firm adopted all rules to the perfect of their capacity in that point interval to maintain the corporate secure, they usually did as a result of the chemical substances they disposed of, as displayed by our specialists, can’t be present in leukemia. Wells G and H weren’t contaminated by the corporate’s disposal of chemical substances, however reasonably by the stream of the river water. We’ve got causes to imagine the river water was contaminated earlier than it reached wells G and H. Trichloroethylene might have been a part of what created leukemia, nonetheless, it was not solely Trichloroethylene, which is what the plaintiffs are arguing we disposed of incorrectly.
It’s said in Woburn’s Metropolis Corridor that “Woburn’s public water provide is over 125 years previous, one of many oldest programs within the state. Growth of the water provide system intently adopted the expansion of town’s inhabitants and business.” This assertion goes to point out that the water provide in Woburn was previous and will have been one of many causes for it being contaminated which makes W.R. Grace & Firm to not blame, however reasonably the federal government.Beatrice Meals Firm bought fifteen acres of land within the Woburn space the place wells G and H belonged. The investigators discovered a dozen decaying barrels of waste that containedsome Trichloroethylene, however they have been decaying as a result of they have been left for such an extended time period, resulting in the conclusion that this might not have been a sound cause to cost Beatrice Meals Firm.
The decaying barrels have been merely on the property Beatrice Meals Firm owned, they did no injury to the river nor the wells. Therefore, this cost is invalid in direction of this Beatrice Meals Firm as a result of the barrels have been merely positioned there and a photograph has confirmed the waste proven. “Historic aerial pictures of the positioning confirmed drums of waste current on the positioning as early as 1968.” This quote offers proof that Beatrice Meals Firm had no means of contaminating wells G and H. Though Trichloroethylene was present in these barrels, as the opposite specialists have already testified, Trichloroethylene alone couldn’t have triggered leukemia- it was the river which was contaminated with different chemical substances which reacted to the Trichloroethylene. Since Beatrice Meals Firm had the barrels on the facet of their property it gave the wells extra contact with the river. W.R. Grace & Firm and Beatrice Meals Firm are each wonderful corporations and would by no means deliberately do something to outcome within the sickness and/or dying of a human being.
Subsequently having the plaintiffs accuse each of those corporations for inflicting a number of sicknesses and deaths for not accurately disposing of chemical substances is mistaken as a result of it was not their fault. The plaintiffs noticed this as a possibility to place the blame on these massive corporations since they have been neighboring the properties to wells G and H, together with the actions they took, however as has been confirmed, the disposal of the chemical substances and the barrels couldn’t have contaminated the wells. Each corporations adopted the rules in place for the enhancement of a secure surroundings inside and outdoors the corporate. No actual recognized hurt got here from the businesses, it was merely an accusation to get retribution for the illness and dying of the Woburn youngsters. The chemical, epidemiology, and medical specialists, together with the geologist of this case have helped usher in proof, together with my proof, to show that Trichloroethylene had slight to zero ties in direction of leukemia, as an alternative it was the river being already polluted when it reached wells G and H. How the chemical substances have been dealt with couldn’t have triggered leukemia.
Ultimately, the federal government knew the individuals of Woburn could be consuming from wells G and H and had the duty to make sure the water being drank met the Federal Protected Water Ingesting Act requirements, making them guilty for permitting the wells to get uncovered to no matter triggered leukemia.References”Case Abstract.” A Civil Motion- The Woburn Poisonous Trial. N.p., 14 Nov.2016. Internet. 16 Apr. 2017. This reference was utilized in my paper to show the actions taken towards W.R. Grace & Firm and Beatrice Meals Firm and the way the plaintiffs have been mistaken.Chesler, David.”Woburn’s Water Provide.” Woburn’s Water Provide: Clear and Protected. N.p., n.d. Internet. 17 Apr. 2017.
This reference confirmed it was neither W.R. Grace & Firm nor Beatrice Meals Firm’s fault the youngsters grew to become sick then died, however reasonably the federal government’s as a result of they’d the duty to make sure the safeness of the water for the reason that public drinks from these wells.Myette, Charles F. “Excerpts from Space of Affect and Zone of Contribution to Superfund Web site Wells G ; H Woburn, Massachusetts.” Past A Civil Motion, U.S. Geological Survey Report. N.p.,01 Nov. 2006. Internet. 16 Apr. 2017. This reference factors out all the chemical substances discovered within the river that W.R. Grace & Firm and Beatrice Meals Firm had no relation, thus proving it was not their fault. It additionally claims leukemia couldn’t have been triggered simply by this one chemical that the businesses have been.