One of the most disturbing things about Love Canal is that it isn't alone. For a start, the Valley of the Drums
is just as bad-there are around 4000 drums of waste, in the open air, rusting and leaking, that have been dumped over a ten year period. The EPA
has been trying to sort things out, and is currently installing a clay cap and trench to halt further contamination
, but the drums are still there-they are strewn over previously unspoilt countryside, and leaking into the surrounding area.
, England, there is a similar project springing up to build on a chemical waste dump. The only difference between this project and Love Canal is that the wastes are being removed first. Still, the surrounding area has a chemical odour
, and there is the question of the safety of shipping chemical waste
s around-the groundwater at the site is in danger of contamination anyway, and removal of the drum
s will do nothing to help that as the chemicals have already leached.
and General Electric
have been dumping PCBs
at sea or in rivers, and the same chemicals have been found in salmon sold in Scotland
. The infamous Sellafield
plant in Cumbria, North England, has been discharging radioactive wastes (mainly Technetium
) into the sea, and the isotope has been found in supermarket fish and on the coast of Ireland
, which is a good 100 miles away. Sellafield beach, which was apparently a fantastic holiday spot, now has large signs warning of radionucleide contamination (bathing would understandably be lunacy).
site in Cheylabinsk
, Russia, has been steadily discharging waste into the Techa River
, and has scattered over the country pollution equalling in radioactivity to that of Chernobyl
. La Hague
in France is pumping out nuclear waste into the sea also, and Greenpeace protesters managed to shut off the pipe for a day or two and set up a webcam at the scene, right when the OSPAR
convention on waste dumping was on.
Love Canal was one incident. There are many more like it, thanks to the sheer stupidity of our forefathers
. Think about it.
Sources: Berkshire residents, Greenpeace
, personal knowledge