A Civil Action

Watch the movie A Civil Action (1998). It tells the story of a water contamination and a cluster of childhood leukemia cases in Woburn, Massachusetts. When you have watched the movie and read the course notes, complete the following written assignment.

Write a 3-5 page reaction paper about this story. The movie is a dramatic interpretation, but it tells the complete story. While providing a reaction to the film, use the questions below as a guide and present an organized, systematic response to what you saw. Compose your paper in MS Word (single-spaced, 12 point font). Citations are not required, but if you choose to support your response with references, they should be in APA format.

How do you feel about the story of the Woburn leukemia cluster? Can you identify with the situation?
Do you agree or disagree with the role of the Environmental Protection Agency in this situation? Give reasons to support your answer (i.e., from your lecture notes and readings as a guide). Do the arguments which serve as the legal basis for either side of this story appear sound? Are there conflicts between the role of the regulatory agencies and practices by industry that are beyond their control?