We must move forward with clean water

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It’s been more than a month since a “nondangerous” chemical leaked into the Elk River in West Virginia. The authorities say the “stinky” water is safe to drink and bathe with. Pictures on TV have shown rusty, cloudy water, and some people say the water still smells like licorice.

Why do these folks have to accept less than the purity and quality as before this chemical accident? Are we to move backward on the quality of life in our nation? Like it or leave it?

How many more overseers, inspectors and enforcement people, working to protect the public from this kind of accident, will be fired — and have been — due to budget cuts? These are the results from all the tax cuts and deregulatory maneuvering in Washington!

How many more train derailments, oil spills, illegal disposal of chemicals or toxic contamination stories do we have to read about or how many horrific scenes on TV does it take?

We need tighter regulations with stricter protection levels and the “manpower” to oversee and enforce those regulations effectively. This ain’t China!


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