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East Coast Governors’ Finger Pointing on Pollution

Aug 20, 2018

The east coast storms had not even died away before millions of pounds of debris and sewage washed into the waterways that feed the Chesapeake Bay. For decades, the seven states surrounding the bay have been ordered to reduce nitrogen and phosphorus running into the water, pollutants that have led to dead zones and dead fish.

The governor of Maryland was quick to point the finger at the governors of Pennsylvania and New York. He argued the debris pouring through from a dam to the north of the state came from the states further north, Pennsylvania, Delaware and New York. But Baltimore, Maryland is so far behind on fixing its water and sewer system that, after every big rain storm, millions of gallons of sewage-tainted water pours into the Jones Falls, which empties into the Chesapeake Bay.

The governor of Pennsylvania, admitting they were far behind in removing nitrogen and phosphorus from their rivers, pointed the finger at small farmers in the state. But he doesn’t mention what fracking, a big industry in the state, does to pollute. He doesn’t mention energy companies or DuPont, whose Teflon manufacturing plant released a known carcinogen into waterways around Horsham, PA.

The governor of New York talks about his state’s clean water feeding the huge New York City area, which is true thanks to geography. But he does not talk about the clean-up of the Hudson River, polluted with deadly toxins from GE manufacturing nearby.

Finger-pointing is so much cheaper than making polluters clean up toxins and debris running into the waterways all over the country. And so convenient at election time when all three governors are up for re-election!