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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Plastic or poison?

Worrisome piece in the NYTimes over the weekend about drinking water. Lots of resources to see how many violations have occurred in the facilities near you.

"In the last five years alone, chemical factories, manufacturing plants and other workplaces have violated water pollution laws more than half a million times. The violations range from failing to report emissions to dumping toxins at concentrations regulators say might contribute to cancer, birth defects and other illnesses.

"However, the vast majority of those polluters have escaped punishment. State officials have repeatedly ignored obvious illegal dumping, and the Environmental Protection Agenc
y, which can prosecute polluters when states fail to act, has often declined to intervene."

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