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    Published on Sunday, September 11, 2005 by the lndependent/UK 
    Cover-Up: Toxic Waters 'Will Make New Orleans Unsafe for a Decade' 
    by Geoffrey Lean
     
    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 analyzed."Inept political hacks" running the clean-up will imperil the health of low-income migrant workers by getting them to do the work.

    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 criticizing 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 program. 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," 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.

    © 2005 Independent News & Media (UK) Ltd.

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    Damn these electric sex pants!

    26+31+34+42+44+46+64+67+82+06 = 10

    Bring back the death penalty for corporations!

  • #2
    honest question, is this a reputable paper?

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    • #3
      Nothing new about this. New Orleans has never been safe.

      Moon

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      • #4
        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.
        I was wondering about this as I saw footage of the pumps going full blast.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by King@Sep 12 2005, 08:17 AM
          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.
          I was wondering about this as I saw footage of the pumps going full blast.
          Now, I may need a geography lesson here, but isn't downstream pretty much the Gulf of Mexico?
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          Jeffro is a hell of a good man.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by FAR52+Sep 12 2005, 09:19 AM-->
            QUOTE(FAR52 @ Sep 12 2005, 09:19 AM)

          • #7
            Originally posted by King+Sep 12 2005, 08:25 AM-->
            QUOTE(King @ Sep 12 2005, 08:25 AM)
            Originally posted by [email protected] 12 2005, 09:19 AM

          • #8
            By air, the gulf is probably a hop skip and a jump, but I think there's 90ish miles of 'downstream' to the Mississippi after NO.
            Damn these electric sex pants!

            26+31+34+42+44+46+64+67+82+06 = 10

            Bring back the death penalty for corporations!

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            • #9
              I remember them talking about pumping the contaminated water into a temporary basin of sorts, and then cleaning the water and releasing it into the lake or the river.

              I guess that isnt happening...
              “I’ve always stated, ‘I’m a Missouri Tiger,’” Anderson said March 13 after Arkansas fired John Pelphrey, adding, “I’m excited about what’s taking place here.”

              Asked then if he would talk to his players about the situation, he said, “They know me, and that’s where the trust comes in.

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              • #10
                Originally posted by Razzy@Sep 12 2005, 09:21 AM
                I remember them talking about pumping the contaminated water into a temporary basin of sorts, and then cleaning the water and releasing it into the lake or the river.

                I guess that isnt happening...
                My guess is: the decision came down to a lesser of two evils choice. Leave the water in the city while they sort out filtering options, or just get the water out now.
                "You can't handle my opinions." Moedrabowsky

                Jeffro is a hell of a good man.

                "A liberal is a man too broadminded to take his own side in a quarrel." - Robert Frost

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                • #11
                  Originally posted by dredbyrd@Sep 12 2005, 09:07 AM
                  By air, the gulf is probably a hop skip and a jump, but I think there's 90ish miles of 'downstream' to the Mississippi after NO.
                  Dred:

                  As you will note with my questions below, I know little to nothing about environmental issues. So with that in mind:

                  Does the lake drain into the Mississippi which then drains into the Gulf?

                  Also, if you know, what environmental impact would there be by pumping this contaminated water back into the Mississippi? Are we talking about damage to wild life or to humans?
                  "You can't handle my opinions." Moedrabowsky

                  Jeffro is a hell of a good man.

                  "A liberal is a man too broadminded to take his own side in a quarrel." - Robert Frost

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