|About a quarter of the nation's largest industrial plants and water treatment facilities are in serious violation of pollution standards at any one time, yet only a fraction of them face formal enforcement actions, according to an Environmental Protection Agency internal study.
When formal disciplinary actions were taken, fewer than half resulted in fines, which averaged about $6,000.
The study showed that some companies and municipalities have illegally discharged toxic chemicals or biological waste into waterways for years without government sanctions. Such discharges can cripple fisheries, taint fishing holes and increase the risks of illnesses ranging from skin rash to lead and mercury poisoning.
The Post could easily run several weeks' worth of articles on "(Fill in the Blank Environmental Law) Rarely Enforced."
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I think here the ppl are numb to it. The mills are pretty much closed and everyone thinks it is getting better.........not so.
The fish in Lake Michigan have cancer - I haven't eaten any in years.
The last time I water skied in Lake Michigan (around the Chicago/Indiana shore) I took a bad fall, water went in everywhere. By the end of the week I had a bladder infection, yeast infection and a sore throat!!!! Won't swim on that side of the lake anymore.
IMO, we've been conditioned to understand that big business has no conscience and w/o big business we will have no jobs.................so we must accept it.
But unfortunately, no surprise.
My dh and I have a beautiful piece of property on a river in No. Ca. Sadly I have to tell my friends who visit that they have to swim at their own risk as most people who swim in it tend to get ear infections. There has been an outcry for years but this river is still the recipient of millions of gallons of treated wastewater and contamination from gravel mining. Add that to the millions of gallons of raw sewage that have been dumped into it over the years when the wastewater treatment facility floods and you have a pretty sad situation. Of course the treatment plant gets fined...but it still doesn't solve the problem of the flooding/overflow in the first place.
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