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As I travel around this beautiful land of ours, I'm constantly reminded of great gifts we've been given to use and enjoy, gifts like clean water, rich farmland and blue skies.  These are not things we can afford to abuse.  But environmental criminals are doing just that.  And in abusing our land, sky and water, they also jeopardize the health and safety of all of us.  Along with the Environmental Protection Agency, the FBI investigates crimes like poisonous polluting and the disposal of harmful substances, like asbestos, Freon, medical waste and thousands of industrial chemicals.

Whether the crime involves a single instance of dumping lead poison in a river or a massive scheme for burying radioactive waste, the motive is always greed.  The more hazardous the material, the more costly it becomes to handle, store and dispose of legally.  A midnight dumper can save himself a bundle by not doing it right.

But toxic chemicals don't just go away when you throw them off the truck.  Durex Industries in Tampa, Florida learned that the hard way.  Durex disposes of hazardous materials for aluminum can processing.  They've been warned about violations previously, but they still disposed of waste through various sites, including commercial dumpsters.

In the summer of `92, two nine-year-old boys were playing in one of those dumpsters.  They were overcome by fumes and died there in the dumpster from toulene poisoning.  Durex paid a $1.5 million fine, several Durex officials were convicted of criminal wrongdoing, and two families lost something far more valuable than money.

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