Mother Nature Network has a post up on the clean up of Superfund sites. I think one of the biggest misconceptions is that we CAN clean up toxic spills and everything goes back to the way it was before. Not. As you will see, clean up is just moving the toxic waste to another spot. It can’t be undone. (Think toothpaste back into the tube). The really egregious part of this charade of a shell game is that the toxic stuff will likely be moved to a poor neighborhood.
Silver Bow Creek in Montana is truly alarming and really grasps the horror of toxic spills — the creek is sooo badly polluted that they are using it as a resource for mining metals!! Geese that drank the water died from eroded esophagus’s and internal organ damage. And when the water table reaches a certain height, the creek is going to overflow into drinking water sources.
People just think we can move toxic stuff from here to there and everything will just fine. But as we see with this and with the Michigan oil spill, you can only move toxic stuff around for so long before there are no more spaces to move it to — and we reach a point of no clean water to drink, no clean land to grow nontoxic food, and no clean air to breathe. We’re killing ourselves.