- FIFA adds prison labor to its arsenal
- Sitting on a scoop: the story behind the V-E headlines of May 1945
- Bilderback repeats at Speedway
- US permits Arctic drilling, but questions about safety remain
- ISIS takeover of Ramadi means hard choices face the Iraqi and US governments
- State Roundup: Democrat sponsored prevailing wage amendment passes
- Facebook’s Instant Articles not a threat to media
- U of I expert: Rauner’s pension fix ‘unconstitutional’
- State Senate approves lesser penalties for marijuana possession
- State Roundup: Natural gas vehicle tax stalls in committee
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