- Madigan sues companies of student loan debt scams
- State Roundup: Gambling expansion hearing highlights two possible bills
- Rauner to Smiddy: No debate for you
- State Roundup: Moody’s: Regardless of reform, Chicago pension will grow for years
- State Roundup: State could see up to $500 million in unexpected revenue for current FY
- Tax revenues up, Rauner to restore $26 million ‘Good Friday’ cuts
- First Friday Lineup: May 1
- State Roundup: Former governor Walker passes away
- Mayors decry local funding cut proposal, say expect cuts to services
- Senate rejects bill to ban smoking in cars with children present
To the Editor: Big companies not concerned about safety
Recently we have seen several disasters that “couldn’t happen”:
BP: Offshore drilling in very deep waters is safe—nothing will go wrong.
Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA): Storing millions of gallons of coal ash in open lagoons is OK—nothing will go wrong.
Hungarian industrial plant: Our toxic sludge can be safely contained—the dams will hold; and
Mega-dairy owner and political friends: The 228-million-gallon manure lagoons are environmentally sound and won’t leak and pollute—nothing will go wrong.
The common ties of all these incidents is that the big companies shrug off safely handling and treating their wastes and, in the quest for maximum profits, put us all at risk. In many cases, clean-up of the messes is put on the taxpayer. Changes must be made.
From the Nov. 3-9, 2010 issue