Thursday, May 11, 2006

Why we should all be some type of environmentalist

You don't have to be one of those people who chain themselves to a tree, but you should have some concern over what factories are putting into our water system. Here's a pretty good example:

State health officials recently released the results of a seven-year study that confirmed what many in MacLennan's hometown suspected: Children who swam or waded in the water near a now-closed dye manufacturing plant run an increased risk of cancer.

Investigators interviewed 1,387 residents who were 10 to 18 years old between 1965 and 1985 and found 73 cases of cancer and eight cancer-related deaths. About two-thirds of the cancers were diagnosed before age 35, and many involved rare forms of the disease.

State health officials are suggesting that people who played in the water check with their doctors about whether they should get screened for cancer.

Say what you will about legislation that makes it more difficult for a business to make a profit because of compliance, but would you have stayed out of a purple puddle as a kid? Probably not. May we always have legislation like The Clean Water Act.

2 comments:

jarhead john said...

While I'm far from being a tree hugger, I have zero sympathy for businesses that blatantly dump tons of garbage into our water and soil. It's a shame that it was kids that were affected instead of that company's executives.

Trixie said...

I was a contractor at EPA responsible for bringing your comments and thoughts to the ears of the people making or changing the rules such as the Clean Air Act. Do you really want to know how your comments were received? How best to get the attention of the law makers?