Mount PeleeMay 8, 1902: Mount Pelee erupts (at right) on the Caribbean island of Martinique, wiping out the town of Saint-Pierre and killing an estimated 30,000 people.

May 8, 1990:  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sets sharp restrictions on "land application" disposal of toxic wastes by spraying them on a field.

May 8, 2009: A Federal jury in Missoula, Montana acquits W.R. Grace Co. and three of its executives of covering up asbestos contamination from Grace's Libby, Montana vermiculite mine. Federal prosecutors had alleged that over 200 Libby residents had died due to asbestos contamination at the mine, which operated from the 1930s to 1990.

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This feature is compiled by Peter Dykstra, an MNN contributor and publisher of Environmental Health News and The Daily Climate.