Denis Feron, Environmental Fugitive
Think of environmental action, and you’re likely to think of one of solicitations that comes in the mail from the big nonprofits like World Wildlife Fund. There’s a picture of a charismatic endangered animal and a request for you to spend money that somehow goes to protect that animal.
That approach is all well and good, but it can get a little bit predictable. For something a little more unexpected, check out the EPA’s page of environmental fugitives – people on the run after being caught dumping poisons on American lands or waters.
Here’s an example: Denis Feron. The picture you see of him here is about 10 years old. That’s when Feron was caught breaking the law.
Feron was the owner of Chemetco, a company that ran a copper smelter in Madison County, Illinois. Feron had a secret pipe installed in the smelting facility in order to save money by spewing wastewater directly into the Mississippi River watershed. That wastewater contained toxins such as lead and cadmium, and it endangered the health of humans an wildlife alike all the way down to the Gulf of Mexico.
When Feron’s penny pinching pollution was discovered, he was arraigned on criminal charges, but instead of facing justice, Feron fled the country. It is believed that he is hiding out in Belgium. If you happen to be in Brussels in search of some good dark chocolate, and you see this man, please contact the authorities.