Call me a bleeding-heart treehugger, but am I the only one who’s worried about the millions of gallons of sludge and toxic wast being pumped into Louisiana waterways? We now have a situation where New Orleans has been turned into a toxic cesspool of raw sewage, oil, chemicals, and bacteria. Every can of paint thinner someone had sitting in their garage has been oozing out into the floodwater, and packages of spoiled meat sit rotting in the hot Louisiana sun.
If your skin so much as touches the water, you are assured of getting an infection, so I’m wondering why nobody is asking questions about the long-term environmental impact of simply pumping all this sludge and biohazard waste back into lakes and rivers? Granted, I understand that it needs to be cleaned up, and I don’t pretend to know how one might go about detoxifying all that waste, but I do feel that it is important to evaluate the impact before simply dumping all that toxic mess out into the environment.
If anyone knows of any measures being taken to protect the environment during the cleanup effort, please post a comment. I would love to hear about it.