Mr. K. Grimes in a Nov. 18 letter, "Waste May be Hazardous to Your Wallet," related an unfortunate incident whereby a law-abiding citizen, concerned for the safety and welfare of others and for the environment, may face a very expensive bill for the cleanup of hazardous waste.
Mr. Grimes asks: Why would anyone report the possibility of a hazardous material on a property?
Why? Because it is our responsibility to our neighbors, loved ones both present and future, and the fragile environment we live in.
Mr. Grimes writes of the choice people have of either dumping something they suspect is hazardous in an empty lot on a dark night or facing a possible large bill from removal by the Fire Department. The choice is yours, but the criminal and civil liability costs are much greater for an illegal dumping.
The people spoke very clearly at the voting booths on Election Day. The state of the environment is a concern to us all. The deliberate, as well as the accidental or even potential, destruction of our environment cannot be tolerated by anyone--there is too much at stake.