Saturday, October 08, 2005

WR Grace Messes With Texas...And Ohio

From Libby, Montana to Hamilton, New Jersey, and now to Dallas:
They called it the giant cigar.

Diane Smith and Linda Bates recall that the towering smokestack of W.R. Grace's Texas Vermiculite plant behind Thomas A. Edison Middle School spewed what they thought was ash, so the kids saw it as a stogie.

"It was like glitter," Ms. Smith said of the particles the kids licked off the ice cream they bought at the Good Luck hamburger stand where Ms. Bates' mother worked.

But a new report from a federal agency says the W.R. Grace facility produced something more ominous than glitter.

And Ohio wasn't spared either.

You can get the entire list of W.R. Grace's tragic legacy at the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry website.