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G_j Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-28-04 11:51 AM
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One in four Americans lives within four miles of a toxic Superfund site
One in four Americans lives within four miles of a toxic Superfund site!

http://www.tompaine.com/articles/toxic_trash.php
http://www.tompaine.com/action/#001158

July 27, 2004
Toxic Trash
Tuesday 3:44 PM

The rate of Superfund site cleanups has fallen by half since the late 1999snot coincidentally, right around when Bush took overand funding for the Superfund program has dropped by 34 percent. Now it's American taxpayers, rather than big polluters, who are producing the money for the cleanups that do happen. This wasn't the way Superfund was supposed to work. The Sierra Club's new report documents toxic sites around the country that endanger citizens' health and calls for a return to the 'polluter-pays' principle. SEE THE REPORT
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PVnRT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-28-04 11:51 AM
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1. Which is exactly why
we need to get government off our backs and not make the companies who caused the pollution to pay for Superfund!

Yes, that really is Republcian reasoning.
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H2O Man Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-28-04 11:52 AM
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2. Also read "Crimes Against Nature"
Robert Kennedy Jr.'s new book, which is a powerful indictment of the bush administration.
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G_j Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-28-04 12:00 PM
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5. Robert Kennedy Jr. is great!
didn't realise he had this book out. I'm sure it must be excellent.
Thanks for the heads up!
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H2O Man Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-28-04 12:27 PM
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7. It's his most impressive work to date.
It came out a couple weeks ago. Robert is in his prime. I enjoy his public speaking, including on the cable talk shows. But writing is his strength. This book is a classic. And, while I think it is unfair to compare people to their parents, the strength of his father comes through.

I was proud today, when I over-heard my children playing with their friends. My 10-year old daughter told them: "I want to be like Robert Kennedy, Jr. when I grow up."
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G_j Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-28-04 12:35 PM
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8. I'd be proud too!
Edited on Wed Jul-28-04 12:36 PM by G_j
I have a number of RFK jr's pieces on the environment, 'junk science' etc. saved. He is a one of our very best writers!
His passion is very real, his intellect powerful.
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wtmusic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-28-04 11:53 AM
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3. (raises hand)
the old Lockheed Skunk Works, where solvent was dumped onto the ground for nearly 50 years.

Under Clinton, cleanup proposals were underway. Under Junior--they paved over it and built a shopping center! *cough* *eyes water*
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donco6 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-28-04 11:56 AM
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4. I work near one and live near another.
The Shattuck site is being cleaned now, which is nice, considering its virtually in the middle of a residential area (albeit low-income, which is why it's taken this long).

The other site is the old Asarco smelting plant in North Denver, at the base of my district. I haven't seen much happen there in the 9 years I've been here.
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Mr.Green93 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-28-04 12:06 PM
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6. how many have eaten carrots in the past 30 days?
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Karenina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-28-04 01:10 PM
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9. :SIGH:
:kick:
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