Monday, December 12, 2011
The Lehigh Valley's Poisoned Places
A reader has reacted to my post about local government transparency with a comment that should be shared with all of you. An NPR Investigative news piece details some sad stories concerning our exposure to nearly 200 dangerous chemicals that can cause cancer, birth defects and other problems. Here's the comment.
Speaking of Sunshine Law and transparency...
Bernie...you have a fair history of exposing wrong-doings in local gov't.
But, let's look at how local government has failed to cite, reign in - or even acknowledge - some of the flagrant violations of EPA standards that are going on in our backyards.
Center for Public Integrity, together with NPR, just released a report/map of "Poisoned Places" across the country.
Take a gander at our local area (you might want to look closely at a few in Nazareth):
Some of them have been emitting toxins unchecked...and unregulated...since at least 2001. Which, of course, is not only making its way into our lungs, but into the streams and ground water as well.
(Gee... groundwater issues in rural neighborhoods... Wells, anyone?)
We're talking emissions of LEAD, MERCURY compounds, TOLUENE!, Phthalates, and DIISOCYANATES.
The actual EPA emission reports are public information...and can be viewed by clicking on the dot over the company.
How long do these businesses expect to silently get away with this?