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The Cyanide Canary (2004)

by Joseph Hilldorfer, Robert Dugoni

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This was a frustrating but ultimately satisfying look at our justice system. It also is very timely in showing that the EPA IS needed to restrain businesses and help protect the workers from unscrupulous bosses. This coming out when we have a president trying to gut the EPA for personal revenge, should help bolster the argument that it IS needed, it may need tweaking, but not be disabled. ( )
  readafew | May 20, 2017 |
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After reading Helter Skelter(it being true story) not sure if I really wanted to listen to this, but I have a long commute to work and music can get old and was afraid I could not keep up with all the terms. I was able to follow better the story better than I thought. It was when they brought charges and went to court I got lost. The sad part is its true and could have been prevented. ( )
  JJKING | May 11, 2017 |
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In 1996, 20-year-old Scott Dominguez was working at a fertilizing plant in Soda Springs, Idaho. He was ordered to clean a 250-gallon storage tank that contained cyanide only he did not know it. He was so overcome by fumes while in the tank with no safety equipment that he could not get out of the tank. He consequentially suffered sever brain damage. The owner, Allan Elias, insisted that the tank only contained dirt and water. EPA agent, Joseph Hilldorfer took on the job of finding out what really happened at the tank to result in Scott’s condition. It took four years for Hilldorfer and his partner, Bill Wojnicz, to get all the facts and bring Elias to judgment. The story could easily pass as a fiction thriller it is so well and captivatingly told. Tom Perkins could not do a better job of reading the audio version. ( )
  kyurenka | May 2, 2017 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0743246527, Hardcover)

"The Cyanide Canary" is the riveting true story of a horrific crime -- of a brave young man left for dead, an unscrupulous business mogul, and the relentless EPA investigator who fought to overcome injustice.

On a crisp summer morning in Soda Springs, Idaho, twenty-year-old Scott Dominguez kissed his fiance e goodbye and went to work for Allan Elias, the owner of Evergreen Resources, an enterprise Dominguez thought was in the business of producing fertilizer from mining waste. A former high school wrestler blessed with Tom Cruise-like good looks, Dominguez seemed to have unlimited potential, but by eleven o'clock that morning he was fighting for his life, pulled unconscious from a cyanide-laced storage tank and not expected to live through the night.

In Seattle, Special Agent Joseph Hilldorfer of the Environmental Protection Agency was given the job of finding out what happened to Dominguez and why. Initially Hilldorfer did not want the case, still frustrated by an intense two-year investigation that concluded with corporate polluters walking out of a federal courthouse free. But as he learned more, Hilldorfer, the son of a Pittsburgh cop with a blue-collar work ethic, was touched by Scott's suffering and outraged at Elias's callous disregard for his employees' well-being.

Hilldorfer and his partner, Special Agent Bob Wojnicz, joined forces with seasoned Boise Assistant U.S. Attorney George Breitsameter and an indefatigable, brilliant young attorney from the Department of Justice's Environmental Crimes Section named David Uhlmann. Together they would uncover the horrifying truths and build the criminal case against Elias.

A former New York whiz kid and Arizona realestateand business mogul, Elias owned businesses that had polluted Idaho with hazardous waste for nearly a decade. Yet Elias never spent a single day in jail, openly boasted of beating the environmental quality regulations, and avoided any significant fines. Would this case be any different?

Hilldorfer, Uhlmann, and the government trial team embarked on an epic courtroom battle that would stretch them to the limits. What began as a struggle for justice for one young man became a fight by the EPA for its very ability to enforce the nation's environmental laws and to bring environmental polluters to justice. In the balance was whether Allan Elias would ever spend a day in jail.

Gripping, powerful, and compulsively readable, "The Cyanide Canary" is a major achievement in the classic tradition of "A Civil Action," a book that unfolds like fiction yet is alarmingly true.

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"The Cyanide Canary is the true story of a horrific crime - of a brave young man left for dead, an unscrupulous business mogul, and the relentless EPA investigator who fought to overcome injustice." "On a crisp summer morning in Soda Springs, Idaho, twenty-year-old Scott Dominguez kissed his fiancee goodbye and went to work for Allan Elias, the owner of Evergreen Resources, an enterprise Dominguez thought was in the business of producing fertilizer from mining waste. A former high school wrestler blessed with Tom Cruise-like good looks, Dominguez seemed to have unlimited potential, but by eleven o'clock that morning he was fighting for his life, pulled unconscious from a cyanide-laced storage tank and not expected to live through the night." "In Seattle, Special Agent Joseph Hilldorfer of the Environmental Protection Agency was given the job of finding out what happened to Dominguez and why. Initially Hilldorfer did not want the case, still frustrated by an intense two-year investigation that concluded with corporate polluters walking out of a federal courthouse free." "Hilldorfer and his partner, Special Agent Bob Wojnicz, joined forces with seasoned Boise Assistant U.S. Attorney George Breitsameter and an indefatigable, brilliant young attorney from the Department of Justice's Environmental Crimes Section named David Uhlmann. Together they would uncover the horrifying truths and build the criminal case against Elias." "Hilldorfer, Uhlmann, and the government trial team embarked on an epic courtroom battle that would stretch them to the limits. What began as a struggle for justice for one young man became a fight by the EPA for its very ability to enforce the nation's environmental laws and to bring environmental polluters to justice. In the balance was whether Allan Elias would ever spend a day in jail."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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