Those chemicals produced acid that eat up the dirt barrier and eventually burst and contaminated the River. Heavy metals like cadmium, zinc, copper, manganese, iron, lead, arsenic, beryllium, mercury, and aluminum were sent flowing through the Animas River contaminating the land as the yellow water flowed downstream. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had been monitoring the site and had contracted the cleanup to some private firm. The river has been know to have this chemicals in the water but it was always within federal standards. The EPA issued a press release and water restrictions were in place along the Animas River banks.
Some examples of this include - and are not limited to: the amount greenhouse gases the slaughterhouse industry emits each year, millions of gallons of water waste, and deforestation. One of the biggest concerns when it comes to slaughterhouses is the water contamination, and the amount of wastewater. According to a source “The United States alone has 32 slaughterhouses responsible for dumping 55 million pounds of pollutants into the waterways … annually.” (Farr). If that is confusing, it means that disgusting items such as fat, manure, and grease are being dumped into the water. If having disgusting matter in the water was not bad enough, the amount of greenhouse gas emissions are just as bad.
The Flint water crisis is an ongoing catastrophe that is currently affecting around 98,310 resident’s water supply in Michigan. What makes matters worse is that this particular area is already poverty stricken, with 41% of house hold income averaging around $24,862. (CNN) With that being said they don’t have the money to just up and move because of contaminated water. The people of Flint are suffering physically, mentally and emotionally because of the water crisis, the rising levels of lead found in the water have caused brain damage, hair loss and even cancer. The government has been taking an ample amount of time to resolve this matter, but have yet to come up with a solution to the problem.
The reason it happened is from years of people dumping pollution into the river. After an investigation was done, they decided there was oily debris that became trapped underneath two wooden trestles, which is the rigid support frames, under the bridge. There have been 13 known fires that have happened. It was the Cleveland Mayor Carl Stokes that led the efforts in resolving the issue of land pollution. Mayor
I think a huge problem in our society is all this talk about the North Dakota Pipeline. In my honest opinion i think it is wrong. There is many people who use the water supply and if something happens with the pipeline it could contaminate the Native Americans water supply. There is many people who count on the water and use it everyday for cooking, cleaning, and drinking. If they go through with the pipeline act it could kill many Native Americans because we need water to survive.
While the quality of water is important for many individuals, wasting water in the matter they do can seem like a major crime. The Congressional Digest also says that fracking is a huge waste of water, and is one of the biggest wastes of water around. Millions of gallons of water are dumped into the soil to pop up these natural gases, and its no longer useful once it comes back. In fact the water that goes down into these holes, does come back up, however once it comes back up with the gas and oil, it is no longer the water we thought it was. The “flow back” or water that returns to the surface, does not always come back up,“…less than 30 percent to more than 70 percent of the original fracture fluid volume” is brought back up, and is rendered unusable (Congressional Digest).
Considering the social and economic unsustainability factors of the Three Gorges Dam, there are also various environmental reasons for the unsustainability of the project. The main motive of the Three Gorges Dam project was to be able to prevent floods that have killed thousands of citizens and has destroyed millions of homes, however the dam will flood over 1,000 acres of farmland and will obliterate over dozens of villages, causing 2 million Chinese people to evacuate their home. (China 's Mega Dam) The irony of this situation is that the problem that the dam is trying to fix, the mass floodings, is in fact making the situation worse by flooding more land, and once all of the land is underwater all of the structures and sewage will pollute the Yangtze river and could eventually cause backup in the dams
These companies release toxic fumes into the air we breathe, and in some cases dump toxic waste into lakes and rivers directly affecting the environment, aiding to poor air quality and toxic water. According to the EPA Sumner County ranks between the 80-90% bracket for being the dirtiest/worst for having water sources with impaired or threatened uses. With the high levels of metals in the environment it is an environmental injustice. Not only are humans affected by toxic pollutants, these chemicals also pollute the homes of many fish and birds that claim home to the lakes and rivers of Sumner County. We have to make sure our fish and birds live in clean water so they can promote diversity in the
Water contamination and pollution has been a major problem throughout the nation due to the fact that it’s being done all over. Especially of the most recent contamination in Colorado all in the Animas River from the EPA spilling. Within the last couple of month there has been a mere excessive amount of water being polluted and having toxic waste carelessly dumped. The Animas River of Colorado and flowing through Utah, New Mexico, and high Northern Part of Arizona. But it’s not just the that, there are plenty of lakes and rivers that are being contaminated with toxic waste all the time.
This is known as nonpoint-source pollution. (Adapted from: www.explainthatstuff.com) Water pollution is happening everywhere but this investigation is focused on water pollution in Ga-kgapane and how the increase in population has led to an increase in this pollution. One of the main causes for water pollution in this town is: • The disposal of waste products in the streams • The washing of clothes and other things in these streams • Human activities such as swimming and playing in these streams Water pollution has become a growing problem in this town and has led to a lot of other issues that should be