Coming Clean About 'Clean' Industry

High-tech manufacturing is seen as a "clean" industry and cities court such companies, but there is a growing awareness of dangerous chemicals used in this industry.
July 31, 2000, 3pm PDT | Abhijeet Chavan | @legalaidtech
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A community in Irwindale, CA, is concerned about a new plant moving to a site within 1,300 feet of two schools and a residential area. The plant is a high-tech manfacturing facility for a respected company with an excellent safety record. But the community is concerned of the health risks of dangerous chemicals used in the manufacturing process. "Would this have happened in West L.A?" asked Jim Blumquist. "We feel the company and the city of Irwindalehave not been very straightforward with the risks to the community." High-tech manufacturing is generally seen as a "clean" industry without smokestacks and cities court such companies, but there is a growing awareness of dangerous chemicals used in this industry.

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Published on Monday, July 31, 2000 in The Los Angeles Times
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