The Strange Case of Tennie White – The Intercept

Did the EPA Prosecute and Jail a Mississippi Lab Owner Because of Her Activism?

Tennie White owned an environmental lab in Mississippi and was a huge obstacle to the state’s polluters. The EPA prosecuted her and put her in Jail.

“…Yet, even that crime, which resulted in 11 deaths and the release of more than 3 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, resulted in no prison sentences. How could such serious crimes result in little or no jail time, while a much less consequential violation sent White to federal prison for 27 months? Parker acknowledges that “it is hard when it’s laid out like that to reconcile that,” but said that punishments don’t always line up with outrage. “When you have an egregious environmental issue, it doesn’t always translate to an egregious set of felony standards.”

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