Great article! I live in Fort Edward, on the Hudson, and this pretty much sums it up.
Yes, the Superfund Scam made a lot of people millionaires at the expense of the private sector. The people that were in D.C. when the legislation was written started Enviromental Consulting firms which then benefited from going to the companies that were targeted by the EPA and offering to clean up their waste for 25% of the cost that the E.P.A. would charge them if they had to do it. They also were threatened with being shut down by the Feds if they didn't comply. Extortion is a better description of how the Superfund plans were carried out.
I would love to know exactly where else this toxic sludge will be dumped..... live in western NY and would not be surprised to hear that counties all over this state will be taking this stuff....
Sad that we can no longer trust our government.
Raising again the question posed by the Roman poet Juvenal so many centuries ago:
But who will guard the guardians themselves?
Would you believe it? EPA is spiking pollutant levels twice, first by allowing a discharge permit to GE and now temporarily spiking pollutants un-burying them. And what's worse, is that they're noisy- noise pollution. Noise pollution kills and constipates. It should be called the Environmental Pollution Agency. And as if the noisy EPA cleanup people weren't bad enough, they have tax-except spoke-singers and national NGO's to make even more noise and push their polluting agenda.
GE may not have paid federal income taxes, but they do clean-up after the government by planting underwater celery.
Take home message: "GE good for the environment, EPA bad for the environment."
PS. I'm selling some cheese. On average, the cheese has only half of the maximum allowable levels of coli-form bacteria. Some have twice the maximum level. But look at the average. You'd probably have to eat a lot of it to get sick, so don't worry. Do you want some of my cheese? It's cheap.
Updated lyrics: "Suzanne takes you down to her place near the river sludge ..."
Very informative article, although such writings would pack much more of a wallop if corporate environmental responsibility, at least on the part of so many, prior to the environmental cleanup laws of the 1970s hadn't been so nearly nonexistent.
As far as long-term environmental damage, adjusted for power, the most aromatic and muddy-pawed is the current resident of the White House, the latest in a long line of open-border, almost gleefully nature-destroying presidents.
Try to imagine what will happen as far as our current environmental problems, including those related to consumption of fossil resources and their more expensive replacements, as America's population continues to redouble forever.
Forever? Why yes, anything else would be "racist!" Or "anti-growth!" Take your pick.
"Under administrator Lisa Jackson—'the agency’s most progressive chief ever' and 'one of the most powerful members of Obama’s Cabinet'"
One wonders if El Presidente required that Jackson too lobby congress in favor of his most recent proposed mass amnesty, as he did the Secretary of Defense and--wait for it--the Secretary of Homeland Security.
The moral of this story is that only when the federal government, corporate America, liberals and Neocons, as well as media, educational, religious and entertainment elites, not to forget self-appointed ethnic group leaders, unite in the common cause of destroying the environment do you have a perfect lose-lose situation that will achieve a quality of life for America's future generations akin to a teeming warring collapsed anthill.
Enlightened city planning will long since be gone: no funds; no social cohesion; a Third World population that no longer gives a fig about the niceties of the goody-two-shoes planning of Western Civilization that puts a premium on neatness, order, rationality, reasonable quiet and serenity, especially at night, sidewalk safety, a certain intelligent ascetic of often muted colors and graceful proportionality, and lush green landscapes, even if reduced to pocket parks or floating on high rises.
That last one on the list, green landscapes, is also a type of environmentalism, but not generally recognized as such--until it is finally erased away, with so much else.
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Border Enforcement + Immigration Moratorium = Job, Crime and Eco Sanity.
James Panero's eating too many PCB poisoned fish.
Who in their right mind freaks out about temporary clean-up crews when neurotoxins are being carted away?
This inane article, brought to you by the legal team of every corporation that wants to whine when they have to clean up after themselves.
Maybe next time they'll figure environmental costs into their bottom line.
A fine example of "Wisdom is elusive, stupid is easy"
Finally, an issue that I am passionate about. I have looked for information of this caliber for the last several hours. Your site is greatly appreciated.
Speaking of the EPA, I actually came across an article today that I think you may or may not have seen already, but it sheds a pretty good light on the current situation with the EPA and the “Haze Plan” that some seem to be pushing. Either way, it just came out in the Albuquerque Journal and is ranked as one of the top current articles regarding the EPA, so I thought I’d share it with you nonetheless. If you’re up for a glance, here’s a link http://www.pressdisplay.com/pressdisplay/showlink.aspx?bookmarkid=93P42TS46AM&preview=article&linkid=a2c15c0c-b9ae-4983-afac-9715fc90ded9&pdaffid=ZVFwBG5jk4Kvl9OaBJc5%2bg%3d%3d
Have a good one!
I don't know about this issue, but the real drive here may be the river trajectory. If there has been that much sediment accumulation in only 30 years, then it sounds as though they're experiencing bed deformation and that becomes risky to everyone living downstream of that part of the river unless they rechannel the bed. A good source to consult on this would have been the USGS.
Personally I think that publicly attacking Superfund is just a stupid idea. It was very hard won legislation to begin with and I've met people who fought that battle, and whose children or dogs died from awful poisoning, or had terrible cancers or neurological conditions because unknown corporate waste overflowed in to their school yard or down their street. I suppose it's possible that people are applying for Superfund remediation willy nilly, but it would need some serious factual support, especially with as slow as the government has been in actually addressing superfund remediation historically. This just reads as ignorant NIMBYism unless you have some environmental chemists calling foul.
You should do a whistle blowing waste blog
site or write a book and help bring them down.
I spend 10 years at the EPA working on the Superfund Document Management System and it was a major money wasting boondoggle.
General Electric is part of the Obama deconstruction of America. The ceo now has
cabinet level access to the White House
this has CRONY written all over it.
In my good old USSR this most progressive Lisa would surely deserve the Golden Star of Hero and maybe even the KGB colonel rank: no other American (well, maybe Rosenberg excluding) has ever done so much in destroying the US economy, be it river projects or industrialists’ escape into the Asian outsourcing! Rostislav, Saint-Petersburg, Russia
Our County Board (Ontario) just approved some kind of exemption of any future liability for sludge taken by the landfill, owned and operated by Casella. You write that in Phase 2 the sludge was actually shipped to West Texas..... hard to believe as that is.
I can't help wondering if Phase 2 has other destinations within this state in mind. Do you know?
Very good article and reinforces my distrust of environmental activists who always seem to make things worse.