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Environmental pollution... Sad read.

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Eric Perry, Oct 22, 2009.

  1. An article from this morning's paper describing pollution to rivers and waterways. This is absolutely disgusting to me. I seriously believe the money hungry business owners who okay this stuff should be relieved of their duties and shot.


    More than 2.6 million pounds of toxic chemicals were dumped into the Susquehanna River in 2007, making it one of the 20 rivers in the country most inundated by industrial releases.

    The same year, 10 million pounds of chemicals were discharged into Pennsylvania's waterways, more than all but five other states.

    Those numbers, compiled by PennEnvironment in a report released Wednesday, reveal a bleak picture of the sources of pollution that continue to burden state rivers tainted by centuries of industrial use.

    "Nearly 16,000 miles of Pennsylvania's waterways are already unsafe for fishing and swimming," PennEnvironment field organizer Adam Garber said during a press conference on the steps of Scranton City Hall on Wednesday morning. "The report today shows more and more pollution is getting dumped into our waterways and streams, and that's unacceptable."

    The report examined the federal government's Toxic Release Inventory for 2007, the most recent year available, which tracks releases of certain toxic chemicals from industrial facilities. The PennEnvironment report highlights discharges of cancer-causing chemicals, those that persist in the environment and those that have the potential to cause reproductive problems.

    The federal data provides a snapshot of industrial pollution at its source in a specific waterway, Mr. Garber said, but it does not account for historical pollution in the rivers or the accumulation of pollution across a river basin.
    For example, according to the report, Cargill Meat Solutions Corp. in Wyalusing Twp., Bradford County, discharged 1.5 million tons of toxic chemicals - most significantly nitrate compounds from animal waste - into Wyalusing Creek in 2007, making it the second worst polluter in the state. Osram Sylvania Products Inc. in Towanda, dumped 1.4 million pounds of toxins, including nitrates and ammonia, into the Susquehanna River during the same year.
    "Wyalusing Creek flows into the Susquehanna River," Mr. Garber said. "They get even more polluted down the road. So the situation for the Susquehanna is much worse than it looks here."

    Bernie McGurl, executive director of the Lackawanna River Corridor Association, pointed out legacy pollution is a major problem for local waterways.

    "Along the Lackawanna River, we're still dealing with the legacy of 150 years of the anthracite coal mining industry," he said. Even now, "the water runs through piles of very acidic, very toxic coal waste."
    Local rivers are also strained by antiquated municipal sewage treatment plants that cause toxic discharges but will cost millions of dollars to upgrade.

    "They don't have the resources to do the job," he said. "We need more funding on the state and federal level to support the local sewer upgrades."

    PennEnvironment's recommendations to curb pollution include pressing industrial facilities to use safer alternatives to toxic chemicals; tightening permit controls and increasing enforcement "with credible penalties, not just warning letters"; and making sure small streams and headwaters are protected under the federal Clean Water Act.
    Mr. Garber said PennEnvironment plans to release new reports in the coming weeks about another pollutant of concern in the state: wastewater from natural gas drilling operations.
  2. IconBasser

    IconBasser Scuba Viking Supporting Member

    Feb 28, 2007
    Fontana, California
    please don't condemn the greedy business owners. Those horrible stinking greedy capitalist pigs are what keep you and the rest of the country fed.

    as for the water? well, as people generally do need to drink stuff, it does need to be clean. Sounds like a good business opportunity for ya, eric. Start up an industrial waste disposal company, sounds like you've got an open market over there.
  3. Khronic

    Khronic Richard J. Naimish Banned

    Oct 24, 2006
    Grand Junction, CO.
    Seven billion (That's 7,000,000,000) people on Fifty-seven million (57,000,000) square miles equals 123 people on every single square mile of land surface area on the planet. It's only going to get worse.
  4. RWP


    Jul 1, 2006
    If this is true why, why do we have an EPA? I bet they were paid off to look the other way. The Chesapeake Bay is slowly dieing too. Everybody says we need to save the planet. The planet will be just fine, we need to save ourselves! :meh:
  5. Thor

    Thor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    I sort of poked around into this article after reading it
    and read up on the PA river watersheds, etc. Very interesting
    stuff. I didn't realize that Susquehanna River provided half
    the fresh water inflow to Chesapeake Bay.

    I also found that Cargill Meat Solutions, producer of Excel
    Brand boxed beed and ground beef chubs was fined once
    in 2007 for a brine spill from and overflowing processing tank.
    $2100 bucks in 2007. Big whoops there.

    From the amount of pollution they allegedly dump, that
    doesn't seem to address the problem from an enforcement
    POV. If they have that much wastewater, their treatment
    facilities should be much better. I understand that beef
    processing is water intensive; and, like any sanitary food
    operation, a lot of washing is involved. It sounds like
    there is a lot of untreated waste and waste waterdumped,
    given the allegations.

    Needless to say, the impact on the health of Chesapeake
    Bay, one of the country's more fragile eco-systems is in no
    doubt profound.
  6. elgecko


    Apr 30, 2007
    Anasleim, CA
    :eyebrow: Just because you perform a necessary task doesn't mean you shouldn't poop where you eat?

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