Where you live in America makes a big difference to the air you breathe and how toxic your water and immediate environment is.
Pollution and the Deadly Data – Where We Are Now
So, where are the most – and least – toxic places in America? The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been monitoring and assimilating data for decades to track how each state is doing. Air pollution, industrial pollutant disposal and the standard of municipal drinking water are some of the main factors under the microscope.
Let’s do the good news first. If you live in Hawaii, then you probably already know that you live in a place with a pretty fantastic natural environment. Likewise, much of …
The water crisis in Flint, Michigan was far from an isolated set of unfortunate circumstances. In 2014, the decision was taken to switch the city water supply from the established Detroit water system to the Flint River, which was known to contain sewage, chemicals and other toxic elements.
Raw river water was to be temporarily – and inadequately – treated in the disused, out-of-date local plant, before flowing into houses, schools and businesses across the city.
Deadly Lead Exposure
Flow it did, complete with toxic containments, industrial effluents – and lead. Flint residents – including thousands of children – drank, cooked in and washed with the unsafe, brown water until activists and worried parents succeeded in dragging …
In data recently released by the Beverage Marketing Corporation, it was apparent that one area of growth exceeded it’s projected performance. Sales of bottled water are over and above the industry forecast, and it begs the question why that might be.
A desire to be a bit healthier? Certainly water is a better option than soda. An inevitable reaction to the frightening stories about exactly what the water that comes out of your taps might contain? After Flint came Bruni, and if recent reports are to be believed, there’s more trouble brewing in the pipelines of America.
Where life goes, Hollywood follows. And so during the same week that Michigan Governor Rick Snyder vowed to drink Flint water both at home and at work for 30 days to give reassurance that it’s safe to consume, a film is being fast tracked through the erm…pipeline.
Inspired by Time Magazine’s February cover story “The Toxic Tap,” producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have optioned the rights and will make the film for Sony Pictures Television.
Another Town in Crisis
The news cannot really come as much solace to the people of Flint, where up to 12,000 children have been exposed to elevated levels of …