Toxic Substance Control

Archive Report

Health, Environmental Hazards

Consequences of Improper Waste Disposal

Midnight Mover. The phrase evokes images of a late-night disco dancer or someone who skips out on the rent. Actually, a “midnight mover” is a person who disposes of toxic chemical cargoes illegally under cover of darkness. Midnight movers operate in nearly every state of the union. They have dumped toxic substances in sewers, streams, lakes, rivers, oceans, old quarries, forests, fields, trenches and even along roads. Illegal dumping of toxic substances is one manifestation of a much larger national problem: how to prevent the large number of toxic chemicals manufactured and distributed in this country from endangering the health of the American people and poisoning the environment.

Incidents involving poisonous or carcinogenic chemicals have occurred with increasing frequency ...

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