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jaunte  Jan 5, 2018 • 1:29:55pm

No local or state regulations, and the opportunity to walk away from any mess under the legal shelter of a corporate umbrella. What could go wrong?

“Norilsk’s Soviet-era plant spews tons of heavy metals like nickel and cobalt into the air, leading to severe respiratory and throat diseases in children and a life expectancy 10 years below the Russian average for plant workers.”

“Sumgayit used to be the New Jersey of the Soviet Union—the town was the nation’s center of chemical and pesticide production. Today, it is still feeling the aftereffects of years of untreated, mercury-contaminated waste dumped directly into streams feeding the Caspian Sea. Cancer rates in the city of 275,000 are sky-high.”

“For 85 years, the citizens of La Oroya [Peru] have been smelting lead, copper and zinc. Now 99 percent of the town’s children harbor levels of toxic lead that exceed acceptable limits. Acid rain has destroyed most of the surrounding vegetation, turning the region into a wasteland.”

“For 92 years, the lead and copper mines outside Kabwe, Zambia, ran with little or no environmental protections. It’s been more than a decade since the smelters shut down, and the lead level found in the average child, who bathes in a lead-contaminated stream and is constantly exposed to contaminated soil, is still five to 10 times the maximum allowed by the U.S. EPA.”
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Anymouse 🌹  Jan 5, 2018 • 1:34:52pm

re: #1 jaunte

Well, that’s something for me to look forward to if this craptastic amendment was adopted.

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jaunte  Jan 5, 2018 • 1:41:28pm

Related:

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mmmirele  Jan 5, 2018 • 1:47:30pm

Civil rights for the flesh and blood? I would guess not!

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AaronFromToronto  Jan 5, 2018 • 4:35:49pm

Ah yes, those infamous hotbeds of nanny-state cosmopolitanism, Omaha, Lincoln and Des Moines…


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