Toxic Times

"A decade after Washington declared war on businesses that expose the public to hazardous wastes," began a New York Times front-page article (9/1/91), "environmental experts are questioning the unquestionable: Is it worth spending a staggering $300 billion to $700 billion to restore waste sites to pristine condition?" Leaving aside the question of when the U.S. declared "war" on corporate polluters -- a battle presumably launched by Interior Secretary James Watt -- it's interesting to note who the Times considers an "environmental expert." Aside from unidentified "experts" and "analysts," the reporter, Peter Passell, mainly depended on government, corporate and right-wing sources: […]