Aug. 19, 1983: Russell Bliss, a waste-oil hauler who sprayed dioxin-laced oil on dirt roads in Times Beach, Mo., for five years, is sentenced to one year’s imprisonment on three counts of tax evasion.
Aug. 19, 1990: After years of overruns, protests and delays, New Hampshire’s Seabrook Nuclear Power Station (at right) goes to full power.
Aug. 19, 1999: A severe drought along the U.S. East Coast raises concerns about saltwater intrusion: Saltwater blue crabs are found in a river near Dover, Del., and seawater threatens to contaminate the drinking water supply of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., which is solely reliant on the fresh water of the Hudson River.
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