Archive for September, 2009

In the United States of America? Toxic Water infiltrates the homes in West Virginia

Posted in Environmental Concerns, Freaky Food on September 30, 2009 by alejandracuellar

“Today, words like “progress” and “development” have become interchangeable with economic “reforms,” “deregulation,” and “privatization”. Freedom has come to mean choice. It has less to do with the human spirit than with different brands of deodorant.”

-Arundhati Roy

What happens when drinking a glass of water in your own home has a detrimental effect on your health?

What happens when you have the freedom to choose whatever deodorant, whatever bottled product you want, but lose the right to take a bath?

Drinking Polluted Water

In an interesting paradox, Mrs. Hall-Massey of West Virginia points out: “How can we get digital cable and Internet in our homes, but not clean water?” In the front of page of the September 12th Sunday New York Times issue, the article on Toxic Water sheds light on a toxic reality. The families of West Virginia near Charleston, “apply special lotions after showering because their skin burns. Tests show that their tap water contains arsenic, barium, lead, manganese and other chemicals at concentrations federal regulators say could contribute to cancer and damage the kidneys and nervous system” (Duhigg, NY Times). To read the whole article, click here.

The fact that water pollution has gotten to this unbelievable extreme points to the larger question:

Who is allowing for this to happen?

From inside a bundle or corporate tape, the law enforcers of the Environmental Protection Agency live, too afraid to do their job because they will surely get fired if they speak up. They allow thousands violations to occur leaving the citizens to fend for themselves against coal companies’ irresponsible actions.

If the state is not protecting its citizens and instead is supporting violators at the expense of its citizens’ health, what kind of state is it?

If people’s protests against pollution in their homes is being drowned inside corporate power, what does this say about the kind of democracy that the United States supports?

To watch the video on the whole story, please click here.