|Jimmy would say he would fix
things, but the only thing he did was to pay to get rid of some of the drums.
Next door there was a delicatessen. We asked the
health department to test the air there and it turned up with too much perc- ten times too
much(the perc can absorb into the food also, besides being bad for people to breathe)
So, we went to federal court to try to get
a court order to make Jimmy clean the place up and stop using the polluting machines. Our
witnesses did a good job testifying. Jimmy got up on the stand and said "I've been in
the dry cleaning business for over 40 years and it never hurt me"....
Well the judge said Jimmy had 30 days to
disconnect his machines, and 60 days to remove the machines and the drums.
After 30 days, I went to the store with an
Environmental Conservation Officer (ECO= NYSDEC police) to see if Jimmy had disconnected
the machines(he could have been arrested if he didn't do it)
Jimmy had not disconnected the machines,
but he called the electrician and had them disconnected while we were there.
After 60 days, I went back. The store was
closed. I could see that the machines were still there. There was a sign in the window- it
said the store was closed and you could call Jimmy's daughter to pick up your clothes. I
went next door to the Deli and asked where was Jimmy? They said "Jimmy's dead."
Later I called Jimmy's daughter - I asked
her what happened- she said Jimmy had not been feeling well for a long time, perhaps 6
months, he went to the doctors, went to the hospital- the doctor said he had problems with
his heart and his kidneys and his liver. I asked her if this was related to the dry
cleaning and she said that the doctor said it was.
I told Katy our hazardous waste inspector
that Jimmy had died. Katy cried- even though Jimmy had lots of violations, she liked him
as a person.