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  •  So the Corp paid...why no prosecution of those... (19+ / 0-)

    who made the decision to illegally thwart regulations designed for worker and public safety?

    •  That's right (18+ / 0-)

      Nobody has gone to trial, no criminal charges were filed against any individuals.  It ended with the settlement.  I believe that this went pretty high up the food chain, it is my understanding that a memo was sent from the plant to corporate headquarters.  So this might have involved executives at the company, hence the willingness to pled guilty.

      •  What about the actual clean up (3+ / 0-)
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        and proper storage of the mixed waste?  Is that happening?

      •  None of them (19+ / 0-)

        EVER get arrested. No mining execs, oil or any other CEOs, like bankers that break the law or commit fraud. Hell, even confessed war criminals go on book tours.
        Only poor people who break the law ever go to jail.
        Look at how many toxic sludge sites break, kill people and just pay a fine. The drug companies market drugs that kill people, make billions off of them, then pay a couple million in fines. Worth the price for them

        How many have stated that until CEOs go to jail, it will be business as usual.  
        They do not fucking care howmany die. Look at how many in 3rd world countries have died. Hell, Cheney's company just paid a bribe.
        Keep looking forward.

        Easter has been canceled. They found the Body

        by snoopydawg on Tue Oct 11, 2011 at 06:50:33 PM PDT

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      •  I am sure there are more untold tales out there. (0+ / 0-)

        My husband used to work for a multi-millon company in IL 3 years ago. Anyway, long story short, when he discovered that there were so many unsafe issues inside the factory, and some of those issues made  his co-workers got work-related injury, he wrote a report to the company CEO and cc. to some of directing managers regarding to those issues. The day after, he was called to CEO' office and was warned that he should not talk to anyone else especially HR director, becuase if the HR director knew it, he would let the company shut down. And my husband was also been told to be quiet in the company, otherwise would be discharged from the company. The company he worked is just like your previous one - fire people left and right, so he could not take risk.( Then some time later, the HR director was fired. My husband didn't know why, though.)

        After that conversation with CEO, my husband began to receive numeros harrassment from the company management. My husband didn't resign becuase he was the only one who brings income home. We have a school-aged child too.

        But after CEO and some managers verbally abused my husband in front of other emploees several times, my husband went to see an attorney who suggested my husband to talk to OSHA. The attorney also said: "I don't understand how they (the company) get licence to run the business?" Too late for that, my husband was fired immediately after he got work-related injury because of unsafe working condition.

        Anyway, what I want to say is that you were very brave to do what you decided to do, however, there are many untold smiliar tales out there.

        Thanks for your diary, sincerely.

        "We all live under the same sky, but we don't all have the same horizon." Adenauer, Konrad

        by under the same sky on Wed Oct 12, 2011 at 05:48:38 PM PDT

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    •  No, they didn't pay (15+ / 0-)

      Did you read this part?

       

      Given the number of drums EPA counted (7,500); disposal costs are in the neighborhood of $82.5 million.

      For avoiding an $82.5 million clean-up, Honeywell was fined $11.5 million. Now, I'm no mathematician, but it looks to me as though they came out ahead by some $71 million.

      Also, none of that $11.5 million came out of the pockets of any of the managers who broke the law. You can bet that more corners were cut and more rank-and-file workers were laid off or took pay cuts to make up that $11.5 million dollar shortfall on shareholder return.

      It's long past time that corporate managers and shareholders got a taste of that personal accountability we're always hearing about from conservatives.

      Al Qeada is a faith-based initiative.

      by drewfromct on Wed Oct 12, 2011 at 05:42:47 AM PDT

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      •  Well said (8+ / 0-)

        That is exactly the game.  They made out like bandits financially and nobody went to prison.  Taking the finances a step further, they did not have to recycle the material when the spot conversion price was historically low.  They would have lost even more money recycling it at the turn of the century.  

        Now they get to recycle the material when the conversion price is high.  The uranium in those drums belongs to Honeywell, so it is all profit and the difference only adds to the $71 million.

        •  If you can do so (2+ / 0-)
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          without suffering legal sanction, I highly suggest that you disclose the names of the people involved. Name them and shame them. If the system won't punish them, they need to suffer public humiliation and ostracization in their communities at the very least.

          Al Qeada is a faith-based initiative.

          by drewfromct on Wed Oct 12, 2011 at 06:17:23 AM PDT

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          •  Great idea, but.... (0+ / 0-)
            they need to suffer public humiliation and ostracization in their communities at the very least.

            their country clubs would give them Medal of Freedom dinners.

            #OccupyWallStreet ~ Close the ca$ino that CONTINUES to gamble away our future!
            Tax the rich or we'll eat them.

            by OleHippieChick on Wed Oct 12, 2011 at 09:30:56 AM PDT

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            •  Fine. (1+ / 0-)
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              Let them live in their country clubs and never come out again. Then (Ok, I know I'm fantasizing here) let all the tradesmen and delivery people let the locks rust shut on their gates. They can stay behind their walls and eat their money.

              Al Qeada is a faith-based initiative.

              by drewfromct on Wed Oct 12, 2011 at 02:39:39 PM PDT

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              •  Indeed, my friend. How do they figure? (1+ / 0-)
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                Starve and demoralize everyone and there'll be no one scurrying to wipe their butts.
                Let only those who properly pay their taxes have someone arrive when they call 9-1-1.
                Let the rich hire a staff with a concierge MD on premises.
                Let them find new and necessary ways to spend all their dough. I dream of this.
                Let them all play in the Ca$ino with themselves, let them play with themselves.

                #OccupyWallStreet ~ Close the ca$ino that
                CONTINUES to gamble away our future!
                I want MY country back: the one that cares.

                by OleHippieChick on Wed Oct 12, 2011 at 04:47:15 PM PDT

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