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

“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.

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2 Responses to “In the United States of America? Toxic Water infiltrates the homes in West Virginia”

  1. The article reminded me of “Back to the Future”, when Marty McFly went back to his great-great-grandparents house in 1885 and was offered a glass of water, as muddy as the one shown in the picture.

    The article also brought back the memory of a trip to Disneyworld in Orlando; I stayed in the polynesian hotel with Alejandra, my daughter, the author of this Blog. The place was gorgeous, but the water coming out of the tap smelled just as if it had ben collected directly in the sewer.

    In a related story, the New York times ran a video on the pollution put in the water by power plants. See it in:
    http://video.nytimes.com/video/2009/10/12/us/1247465072247/toxic-waters.html?th&emc=th

  2. alejandracuellar Says:

    The problem today grows more complex; if the pollution was just mud–if it was muddy water, the issue, ironically, would be clearer. What starts happening is that the most toxic chemicals infiltrate the water and so you can’t even see you are drinking pollution. They attack silently and the scary thing is you could never realize you are getting sick from the water you drink.

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