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Margaret Flowers on Environment

 

 


Environmental justice: Corporations responsible for damage

Environmental justice means that all people have access to clean water and air, healthy foods and a livable future by confronting the climate crisis and environmental degradation. Corporations should be held responsible for environmental damage that undermines the health of communities. And corporations should not extract minerals or energy sources such as oil, gas or uranium if that cannot be done in a way that protects the integrity of our air, water and food systems.

Flowers helped to found Clean Up The Mines, a national campaign to clean up the thousands of abandoned uranium mines throughout the United States that continue to pollute the land, water and air with radioactive and heavy metals. She also helped to found We Are Cove Point, a coalition that is working to stop the construction of a large power plant, refinery and gas export facility in southern Maryland.

Source: 2016 Maryland Senate campaign website, FlowersForSenate.org , Aug 8, 2016

Water should be tested for radioactivity and heavy metals

It's hard to miss the water contamination that residents in Flint, Michigan, are experiencing. Television footage shows family members holding bottles of yellow, orange or brown water. They could see and taste the change in their water quality shortly after Gov. Rick Snyder ordered the switch to supply water from the polluted Flint River, rather than Lake Huron, without adding anti-corrosives to prevent leaching from lead pipes in early 2014.

Since national attention has turned to Flint, information from other cities is coming to light showing similar problems. Not talked about, perhaps because it is harder to see, is a national water contamination crisis caused by radioactive and other heavy metals leaking from the more than 15,000 abandoned uranium mines. Water should be tested for radioactivity, as well as for heavy metals such as lead. Water should be tested for radioactivity, as well as for heavy metals such as lead.

Source: Truthout OpEd by Margaret Flowers and Jill Stein , Feb 5, 2016

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