Standing up to Pollution

Torts students advocate for action near plant contamination site

The Torts class at Globe University–Madison East took on a special advocacy project after learning about a local pollution problem in the city of Madison. The students investigated allegations of noise, air, soil and groundwater pollution caused by two Madison-Kipp Corporation plants.

Contaminated soil vapors, caused by perchloroethylene (PCE) spilled on the Madison-Kipp property, were found beneath homes near the plant. The vapors do not disappear and raise many health concerns for plant employees and families living near the plant. Torts students raised awareness of this pollution and associated dangers.

They split into teams, spoke to residents and local business owners, and handed out informational flyers encouraging people to attend a town hall meeting about the Madison-Kipp contamination.

“Our involvement helped raise awareness and helped facilitate action to change the situation,” said student Debbie Koepp.

Students left the town hall meeting feeling concerned about the little effort the DNR made to control the situation and prevent further damage to the neighborhood. Therefore, the students posted a petition on www.change.org to further alert people of this important issue. They also sent this petition in a letter to the governor, the mayor of Madison, and the alderperson for the district affected by the pollution.