Tuesday, September 13, 2005

New Orleans: Toxic Waters Cover-Up?

As reported by The Independent on Sunday (UK):

Toxic chemicals in the New Orleans flood waters will make the city unsafe for full human habitation for a decade ... and the Bush administration is covering up the danger.

In an exclusive interview, Hugh Kaufman, an expert on toxic waste and responses to environmental disasters at the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), said the way the polluted water was being pumped out was increasing the danger to health.

The pollution was far worse than had been admitted, he said, because his agency was failing to take enough samples and was refusing to make public the results of those it had analysed.

Full story...
Mr. Kaufman also previously accused the EPA of another coverup in not adequately testing and reporting about air quality at the World Trade Center site after 9-11.

Now, in Louisiana, we see another potential environmental and people disaster that we won't know the consequences of for many years. Based on this administration's history of assaulting the environment* and people who get in its way, I have no doubt that a cover-up is underway.

* Rolling Stone, "A Polluter's Feast", 9/8/2005

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