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The Cyanide Canary

The Cyanide Canary In this story of environmental injustice not seen since A CIVIL ACTION and ERIN BROCKOVICH young Scott Dominquez of Soda Springs Idaho went to his job at Evergreen Resources an acid fertilizing pro

  • Title: The Cyanide Canary
  • Author: Joseph Hilldorfer Michael Prichard Robert Dugoni
  • ISBN: 9781415905159
  • Page: 414
  • Format: Audio CD
  • In this story of environmental injustice not seen since A CIVIL ACTION and ERIN BROCKOVICH, young Scott Dominquez of Soda Springs, Idaho, went to his job at Evergreen Resources an acid fertilizing production facility on the morning of August 27, 1996 By eleven o clock that morning, he had been pulled from a poison storage tank, barely alive and severely brain damaged.In this story of environmental injustice not seen since A CIVIL ACTION and ERIN BROCKOVICH, young Scott Dominquez of Soda Springs, Idaho, went to his job at Evergreen Resources an acid fertilizing production facility on the morning of August 27, 1996 By eleven o clock that morning, he had been pulled from a poison storage tank, barely alive and severely brain damaged Saddened and outraged by what had happened to Scott, EPA Special Agent Joseph Hilldorfer began a relentless battle to bring the Evergreen s owner, Allan Elias, to justice Elias had used the tank to store cyanide and phosphoric acid the chemicals used by the Nazis for their Final Solution all the while, assuring his workers that the tank s contents were safe.

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    1. This is one of those true stories that really engaged my interest and my emotions, a courtroom drama about a man who callously disregarded laws about worker safety and toxic waste, causing the permanent (and tragically unnecessary) brain damage and disability of one of his young employees. Many people these days question if we need stringent worker safety and environmental protection laws, or if that just creates an impediment to doing business. This book answers that question. Unfortunately, th [...]

    2. We lived and worked in eastern Washington State during the mid-1990s for environmental companies and both had to take safety classes where they explained the dangers of confined space entries and the precautions you have to take for working in those environments, not to mention all the other regulatory and safety requirements needed for working with hazardous chemicals. We were lucky: we were educated, well-paid, working for environmental clean-up companies with lucrative government contracts wh [...]

    3. Fascinating and Insightful An excellent look at one criminal environmental case, the unbelievable amount of work that goes into attempting to prosecute the responsible party, and how heartless people can be in their pursuit of a few more dollars in their bank account. Written like a novel, easy to read and understand, highly recommend!

    4. Favorite quote, from page 137: "This was business, big business, with a lot of money at stake and a lot of money to spend. Politicians depended on big business and big business depended on politicians. It was the American way." We live in a country where the laws are made to protect the innocent until proven guilty. This means that the guilty who have money are often able to evade justice. That's the only explanation that makes sense to me for why it took over 2 years for this obvious case of cr [...]

    5. I wasn’t sure what to expect when receiving The Cyanide Canary. I have long been concerned about the harm being done to our environment, our food and our communities by large scale industry. In this book which looks at the use of cyanide gas in industry and the story of a young man harmed by his work. After listening to this book, I became even more concerned. This book examines the EPA, the legal system and the power to control and corrupt by big business. It provides information on these ter [...]

    6. I received a free advance review e-copy of this book and have chosen of my own free will to post a review. ‘The Cyanide Canary’ is very well written and a true real life environmental drama. Couldn’t put it down. This is a story of a young man who nearly dies and suffers severe brain damage for the rest of his life due to the negligence and poor safety practices of the owner of the company. It is tragic and unconscionable. What a long and arduous legal process to enforce environmental law [...]

    7. In 1996, Scott Dominguez, a young man working at a fertilizer company in Idaho, is ordered to help clean out a closed storage tank. His employer provides no safety training or equipment for Scott and another employee, nor does he tell them what had been stored in the tank. Scott collapses during the cleanup operation and ends up with brain damage. The owner claims that he told them to do things "by the book." Sounds like the setting for a mystery novel, but it is a true story. This is an well-wr [...]

    8. I really enjoyed this, and learned a lot about the early EPA days and the interaction between that and other Federal agencies. It was a compelling true story. Similar to Dugoni's Crosswhite and Sloane series, this takes place in the Northwest and it's interesting to read of references to the area, being a nw native myself.

    9. True StoryI chose this rating because while I enjoyed the storyline, at times the detail was overwhelming. I realize the intense detail was necessary and I appreciate all of the research that went into book. But at times the detail slowed me down.

    10. No wordsThis was a fascinating look at our justice system and how it treats environmental crimes but also an extremely sad story about lives forever changed because of those crimes.

    11. Very goodWas very eye opening to how companies use money and power to dispose waste of consider employees to be expendable at any cost. We as the public should never be expendable

    12. A Must ReadA very captivating book and so informative. The family and poor Scott, this villain will never pay enough for the pain he has caused.

    13. Interesting true story This book does take twenty words to describe or more. It has sections of boring legal descriptions and much personal description that does nothing for the reader, but it depicts how difficult it is to prove the environmental crimes and bring those criminals to justice and the need for some way of the victims receiving some means of compensation for the cares that they need for lifetime injuries they receive for environmental criminals deliberately creating situations that [...]

    14. Remember, one man's book-flap summary may be another man's spoiler.Dugoni cooperates in writing with Joseph Hillsdorfer an account of a tragic, avoidable, debilitating, life-changing Idaho 1996 workplace accident and the employer who was eventually held accountable at trial and sent to prison for allowing -- for all practical purposes, forcing -- his workers into a closed space in which cyanide fumes were present. The permanently injured employee, Scott Dominguez, suffered brain damage that ende [...]

    15. I finished this book over a week ago, but wanted to have time to write a decent review. I've read some of Dugoni's legal procedurals and mysteries. So when I had this non-fiction account of an environmental legal case, I had no problems immediately clicking to get the book. It proved itself worthy of reading. I have read some other real cases of environmental pollution, and I teach environmental science and health occasionally. So this book was up my alley for several reasons. This case is about [...]

    16. It's a good book but I thought to drug on a little long. At times I almost stopped reading it. However if you like criminal justice novels you'll like this book.

    17. What an amazing story. It begins with a horrible accident that isn't an accident at all. A young man goes to work one day at a fertilizer company. He is a good looking 21-year old who is a former wrestler. Just a few short hours later, he has sustained permanent brain damage, and will never be the same. The rest of the book follows the EPA investigation and the politics involved in prosecuting such a crime. I love learning about new things and I learned a lot from this book. The authors, Joseph [...]

    18. I enjoyed this book. I liked the writing style. The story is tragic, of a young man, just starting out, getting injured at work. This wasn't the first incident there, but it was the most devastating. The trial is long, stressful and set a precedent about criminal environmental trials. You hear from all angles (including the employer at the end): investigators, family, coworkers, neighbors, the young man. He loses everything and we get to take front seat to watch the EPA try to get him a little b [...]

    19. The Environmental Crimes Section of the U.S. Justice Department prosecuted a case of industrial cyanide poisoning that left 20 year old Scott Dominguez almost dead and without his brain functioning to its fullest and with no chance of recovering it. You have to admire the people working on this case and how the laws sometimes really handcuff them in getting the justice the victim deserves. If you think pollution of the environment is over stated, read this book. It will make you aware of everyth [...]

    20. This is a look at the EPA and how it goes about enforcing our laws to protect the environment and us as citizens. It examines the lengthy prosecution of an individual convicted of breaking those laws and seriously injuring one of his workers. While this is nonfiction it reads like a novel perhaps because one of the two authors was the EPA agent investigating the case. You get to see some of the best and some of the worst of how our legal system works.

    21. A must read for those interested in the environment. This true story certainly captures the problems involved when charges are brought against corporations and individuals that pollute our world. It's all about big money to be made, expensive legal tactics to avoid prosecution and the difficulty the government has when trying to make charges hold up in court using our current laws. Definitely, a hard road to travel.

    22. This was an alright book, I mostly started it because it was based in Soda Springs ID. It was fun to read and know where they were talking about because I have been there. I also know a person that was in the book. It was kindof sad to read about what happened and what will probably continue to happen because of MONEY. There was quite a bit of language but other than that an interesting read into the judicial system and hazordous waste.

    23. More gripping than fictionThis author's Grishom-like writing style keeps the reader turning pages in his many fictional crime novels. While bringing that same ability to this nonfictional account of environmental crime and narcissistic endangerment, he also shows that he has excellent research skills and integrity in reporting. An excellent read, but not for the faint of heart or those who like to emulate the ostrich.

    24. Time for non-fiction!Well written, well researched and thank goodness well edited. This is one reason I have a rule to read a non-fiction after 10 or so thrillers. This just shows what a hell of a mess the EPA and Justice have to contend with. I now have 3 sets of Michener style trilogys to jump into. Happy Holidays.

    25. Difficult ReadThis well documented account of blatant disregard for human life and environmental safety was like reading a law review. As difficult as it was to read, I couldn't put it down. The heroes fought for the victims, Scott, his family, workers without options and our environment, with tenacity.

    26. Definitely very interesting! And upsetting, because what happened was absolute shit. I'm not sure if someone who isn't a history/English double major would find it a very interesting read: it's fact-dense and very much an account, but I thought it still had a good flow, and it always kept me interested.

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