Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Mashed Toxic Waters with Side of Lead

Today is Toxic Tuesday

Little Ryan (shown above) shows off his caps at age 7. His dentists near Charleston, W.Va., say pollutants such as lead, nickel and other heavy metals in the drinking water have damaged residents’ teeth. Nationwide, folks are nuclear mad on how polluters have violated the Clean Water Act more than 500,000 times.

Isn’t it interesting, how can we get digital cable and Internet in our homes, but not clean water?

According to public law suits in W.Va., 264 neighbors sued nine nearby coal companies, accusing them of dumping harmful toxins and waste into the local water supply. As required by state law, some of the companies had disclosed in reports to regulators that they were pumping into the ground illegal concentrations of chemicals - the same pollutants that flowed from residents’ taps.

Of course, this is not just a West Virginia case. There are multiple patterns across the U.S., but state regulators never fined or punished those companies for breaking the pollution laws. Almost four decades ago, Congress passed the Clean Water Act to force polluters to disclose the toxins and nasties that are dumped into waterways and to give regulators the power to fine or jail offenders. States have passed pollution statutes of their own; however in recent years, violations of the Clean Water Act have risen steadily across the nation (as found by The New York Times). See the full video here.

Image Source: The New York Times

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