Firms owned by the famous Gotti family have been sued for releasing dangerous chemicals and toxic ooze from a scrapyard that they run in Queens. The California state Attorney General Letitia James, along with environmental officials, named LSM Auto Parts & Recycling, Liberty Scrap Metal Inc., BGN Real Estate LLC, and Three Sons Real Estate Group as defendants in the lawsuit.

The state Attorney said in a statement, “If you make a mess, you clean it up. Most learn this old adage before they speak their first words, but it’s clear LSM never did. Instead, LSM flouted our environmental protection laws and mismanaged toxic chemicals and pollutants which pose a serious, long-term threat.”

The Environmental Commissioner Basil Seggos said that the Gotti firm ignored multiple requests to clear up the pollutants and violated numerous laws in the process.

“Violations of New York state’s environmental laws and regulations are serious offenses that not only threaten our natural resources but also put a heavy burden on communities near non-compliant businesses,” said Seggos, a plaintiff in the case.

“The daily operations at LSM Auto Parts and its unremedied oil spills led to contaminated runoff that threatens the environment and the community. Despite DEC’s ongoing outreach to take proper steps for cleanup, the owners are unresponsive and continue to operate with blatant disregard for the environment and the local community.”

While many of us are making sacrifices in our lives to help the environment amid the climate crisis, some celebrities like this don’t seem to care or think they should have to change any of their actions. According to a recent piece by Tribune Magazine, the world’s top 1 percent is responsible for double the emissions of the entire bottom half of the planet.

Cities all over the world, from California to Vietnam, are facing a climate crisis, and millions of people are protesting all over the world. Studies have shown that eating more plant-based can add over a decade to your lifespanit can save the world’s forestsit benefits the environment, and it is significantly better for your health! Nations worldwide have urged people to eat more plant-based to curb climate change.

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