USA: New York Times investigation finds widespread failure to enforce water pollution laws

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25 September 2009

Find Water Polluters Near You

Author: New York Times

Across the nation, the system that Congress created to protect the nation’s waters under the Clean Water Act of 1972 today often fails to prevent pollution. The New York Times has compiled data on more than 200,000 facilities that have permits to discharge pollutants and collected responses from states regarding compliance. Information about facilities contained in this database comes from two sources: the Environmental Protection Agency and the California State Water Resources Control Board.

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12 September 2009

Clean Water Laws Are Neglected, at a Cost in Suffering [USA]

Author: Charles Duhigg, New York Times

...[In] recent years, violations of the Clean Water Act have risen steadily across the nation, an extensive review of water pollution records by The New York Times found... In the last five years alone, chemical factories, manufacturing plants and other workplaces have violated water pollution laws more than half a million times. The violations…[include] dumping toxins at concentrations regulators say might contribute to cancer, birth defects and other illnesses. However, the vast majority of those polluters have escaped punishment... The Times obtained hundreds of thousands of water pollution records…[from] every state and the E.P.A., and compiled a national database of water pollution violations that is more comprehensive than those maintained by states or the E.P.A... More than 23 million people received drinking water from municipal systems that violated a health-based standard... Records analyzed by The Times indicate that the Clean Water Act has been violated more than 506,000 times since 2004, by more than 23,000 companies and other facilities... [refers to Horsehead Corporation, Friendly Acres Mobile Home Park, Loadout Coal, Remington Coal and Pine Ridge (then part of Peabody Energy)]

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