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Victor Yannacone is a controversial, pioneering environmental attorney, who played leading roles in successful campaigns to ban DDT in the U.S. and expose the effects of Agent Orange on Vietnam vets.
Yannacone's involvement with DDT began around 1965, when his wife Carol expressed dismay at dead ﬁsh in Yaphank Ponds, her childhood swimming holes in Suffolk County, Long Island, NY. The young attorney developed some novel arguments and legal strategies, as well as spearheading a national publicity campaign, all leading to major court cases and the eventual US ban on the pesticide's use. The Environmental Defense Fund grew out the small local grassroots group that gathered to help organize the campaign, which included founders Art Cooley and Charles Wurster. A similar effort in Nassau County about a decade earlier involved citizens and scientists who suspected a connection between widespread DDT use and rapidly declining bird life. Although they were unable to inspire any governmental action, their efforts (reported in the New York Times) interested the naturalist author Rachel Carson. She suggested to New Yorker editor William Shawn that he commission an in-depth piece on the subject, and she reluctantly accepted his request that she do it herself. The result was Silent Spring, a bestseller that produced a ﬁerce response from the chemical industry. It was this well-funded and determined opposition that the nascent EDF had to overcome. Yannacone's involvement in the Agent Orange issue was not an unqualiﬁed success, largely due to internal personality conﬂicts, and he left the campaign before its work was completed. His representation of a community group ﬁghting to stop construction of a large tower at the Gettysburg Battleﬁeld ran into even more controversy, when he accepted an offer to switch sides. The Gettysburg National Tower, as it was called, was built in 1974. Historic preservationists remained opposed to it and it was demolished in a public ceremony on July 3, 2000. In 1979, prior to his involvement in the Agent Orange class action, Yannacone represented Linda Boreman, known by her screen name as Linda Lovelace, in a lawsuit to recover a portion of the substantial earnings of the ﬁlm "Deep Throat". The lawsuit, brought in Nassau County, New York, was dismissed without a trial and was never appealed. Yannacone is a prominent ﬁgure in Boreman's 1986 autobiography "Out of Bondage". Yannacone's work in the DDT case, and perhaps in the early phases of the Agent Orange case as well, remain among the more notable campaigns in the brief history of environmental law - a history that some say began in Yaphank in 1966. Yannacone reentered environmental law in 2003, representing a group opposed to wind turbines in Kansas. The suit was unsuccessful and came at a time when renewable energy was heavily promoted.
Patchogue Village controversy
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