Category: Perc, TCE

Chemical makers' damages slashed

According to the San Francisco Chronicle a judge has cut punitive damages from $175 million to $12.6 million against two chemical companies a jury found had failed to warn dry cleaners about a solvent that contaminated underground water in Modesto. Sa… more »

$175M Judgment in Legal Limbo: Judge to Rule By Aug. 21 in Dry-Cleaning Pollution Case Involving Three Firms

The court's "final verdict" Wednesday afternoon was no decision -- leaving in legal limbo a $175 million judgment against Dow Chemical Co. and two other makers of equipment and substances used in dry-cleaning operations. ... Last month, a San Franc… more »

A fix for fireworks disposal: Special effects firm will assist state with explosive issue

The man who helped make "Star Wars" flare and "Ghostbusters" glow has agreed to work off a hazardous waste penalty by developing a new way for the state to destroy tons of seized fireworks. State fire officials, who sought the penalty over improper di… more »

MODESTO: Jury says chemical firms owe city $175 million

A jury has hit two chemical companies with $175 million in punitive damages for failing to warn dry cleaners about the dangers of a solvent that contaminated underground water in the city of Modesto. The San Francisco Superior Court jury awarded the c… more »