Aug 5, 2017

31 Days of Gratitude: Day 5

Day 5:  Grateful for clean air and water.

I met my husband while we were both working as environmental lawyers for the Department of Justice. Our job was to sue companies on behalf of the US for violating Federal environmental laws. For a time, I worked on this case, involving an entire town destroyed by a pollutant.  Good heavens, I was completely out of my league -- lots of science!  Mike was much better at it.  In any event, I learned how dirty our air and water and land has been, and how much it has been cleaned up over the years.

If you like to breathe and/or enjoy the lake, the bay, the ocean, the river, or the pond, or eating seafood, you can thank those annoying Federal and State regulations, and advances in technology. I'm grateful for whatever we have all done to help clean up this place...


  1. What an interesting story. I'm glad you shared it.

  2. And may we resist the passage of bills that would stop us from further cleaning up our world....

  3. And to think, there are some who want to get rid of the EPA.

  4. Holy cow! I didn't know you were involved in the Times Beach case. As a St. Louisan, I thank you. It was one of the reasons I wanted to study chemistry and science as a student.

  5. Good to know about your experience and I think that this is the only way by which you can make yourself calm to think about new things.


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