Encore: DuPont's Contaminated Mountain Reclaimed

April 7, 2016
Hosted by Francie Koehler, CPI, CCDI

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For decades DuPont’s Zinc Smeltering Plant produced layers of contaminated waste that created a 100-foot tall noxious dust mountain in the tiny town of Spelter, West VA, permeating the neighborhoods and infiltrating the West Fork River that surrounded the facility. The toxic air emissions and dust from the operation of one of the largest zinc smelter facilities in the United States became a medical nightmare for scores of local residents exposed to potentially harmful by-products of arsenic, cadmium and lead. In 2004 ten residents filed an environmental class action, known as Perrine v. DuPont, on behalf of themselves and others against the responsible companies for property damages, medical monitoring and punitive damages. Carol Moore was the lead investigator for the law firm who successfully litigated the case on behalf of more than 7000 residents. Tune in to here Carol tell the story of her investigation of this complicated case that ended in a most remarkable outcome.

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Francie Koehler, CPI, CCDI

Francie Koehler, CPI, CCDI

Francie Koehler’s career as a licensed private investigator includes cases that have sparked media projects. "Unsolved Mysteries" portrayed one of her missing person cases. British author Val McDermid featured her capital case in "A Suitable Job for A Woman" and true crime writer Ann Rule chronicled a case she investigated involving a missing nightclub owner entitled "In The Name Of Love." Francie drew on her investigative and retail experience to create the 3-part video, "Loss Prevention - The Big Picture." International results included an invitation to Moscow, where she spoke to Russian nationals interested in privatization. Francie is the former two-term president of both the National Council of Investigation & Security Services (NCISS) and the California Association of Licensed Investigators (CALI). Awarded by each organization for her work, she serves as Legislative Chair for both and regularly testifies before the California State Legislature regarding bills of concern to PI’s. Francie has been recognized by her state regulatory agency for outstanding service to her profession. In addition, she holds memberships in the Council for International Investigators, National Association of Legal Investigators, World Association of Detectives, and California Attorneys for Criminal Justice. Francie also works with the Innocence Project and holds certifications as a Conflict Mediator, Legal Investigator, Professional Investigator and Criminal Defense Investigator.

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