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Qtec
09-11-2005, 10:17 PM
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Cover-up: toxic waters 'will make New Orleans unsafe for a decade'
By Geoffrey Lean, Environment Correspondent
Published: 11 September 2005
Toxic chemicals in the New Orleans flood waters will make the city unsafe for full human habitation for a decade, a US government official has told The Independent on Sunday. And, he added, 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. "Inept political hacks" running the clean-up will imperil the health of low-income migrant workers by getting them to do the work. <font color="blue"> for LESS money! </font color>

His intervention came as President Bush's approval ratings fell below 40 per cent for the first time. Yesterday, Britain's Deputy Prime Minister, John Prescott, turned the screw by criticising the US President's opposition to the Kyoto protocol on global warming. He compared New Orleans to island nations such as the Maldives, which are threatened by rising sea levels. Other US sources spelt out the extent of the danger from one of America's most polluted industrial areas, known locally as "Cancer Alley". The 66 chemical plants, refineries and petroleum storage depots churn out 600m lb of toxic waste each year. Other dangerous substances are in site storage tanks or at the port of New Orleans. No one knows how much pollution has escaped through damaged plants and leaking pipes into the "toxic gumbo" now drowning the city. Mr Kaufman says no one is trying to find out.

Few people are better qualified to judge the extent of the problem. Mr Kaufman, who has been with the EPA since it was founded 35 years ago, helped to set up its hazardous waste programme. After serving as chief investigator to the EPA's ombudsman, he is now senior policy analyst in its Office of Solid Wastes and Emergency Response. He said the clean-up needed to be "the most massive public works exercise ever done", adding: "It will take 10 years to get everything up and running and safe."

Mr Kaufman claimed the Bush administration was playing down the need for a clean-up: the EPA has not been included in the core White House group tackling the crisis. "Its budget has been cut and inept political hacks have been put in key positions," <font color="blue">sound familiar? </font color> Mr Kaufman said. "All the money for emergency response has gone to buy guns and cowboys - which don't do anything when a hurricane hits. We were less prepared for this than we would have been on 10 September 2001."

He said the water being pumped out of the city was not being tested for pollution and would damage Lake Pontchartrain and the Mississippi river, and endanger people using it downstream.


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eg8r
09-12-2005, 06:40 AM
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He said the water being pumped out of the city was not being tested for pollution and would damage Lake Pontchartrain and the Mississippi river, and endanger people using it downstream.
<hr /></blockquote> This is horrible, but why would he mention people using the water downstream? There is no one left down stream? I wonder what effects it will have on the Gulf?

eg8r

Qtec
09-12-2005, 08:18 AM
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I wonder what effects it will have on the Gulf?
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You tell me.
I dont think it will be good! Pumping this toxic sludge into the Gulf will only create another problem for years to come. Goodbye shrimp industry.
Once again GW shows a lack of real leadership. The truth is, it would cost too much to clean the water before pumping it out. They have already started to drain NO and no-one in the Govt has mentioned the possible consequences!
They have already said that the houses that were underwater will have to be demolished, so whats the rush?
The people must get out because the water is so toxic and their solution is to pump all this $hit into the Gulf and do more damage.

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eg8r
09-12-2005, 08:52 AM
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You tell me. <hr /></blockquote> I don't know, that is why I posed the question.

eg8r

Chopstick
09-12-2005, 09:02 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote eg8r:</font><hr> &lt;/font&gt;&lt;blockquote&gt;&lt;font class="small"&gt;Quote:&lt;/font&gt;&lt;hr /&gt;
He said the water being pumped out of the city was not being tested for pollution and would damage Lake Pontchartrain and the Mississippi river, and endanger people using it downstream.
<hr /></blockquote> This is horrible, but why would he mention people using the water downstream? There is no one left down stream? I wonder what effects it will have on the Gulf?

eg8r <hr /></blockquote>

The guys over on the fishing boards are talking about it. I think the general consensus is that fish caught in the gulf will not be kept for a few years. Overall, I don't think it will be much different that the usual crap the city pumps out. It will just be in a higher concentration.

Destin and the other coastal communities are likely to affected badly. I don't think I'd want to be swimming around there any time soon.

As far as not testing it for pollution, why? IT IS POLLUTED and we already know that.

Rich R.
09-12-2005, 10:35 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Chopstick:</font><hr> Destin and the other coastal communities are likely to affected badly. I don't think I'd want to be swimming around there any time soon.<hr /></blockquote>
Are these communities in any better shape than NO?