Friday, September 16, 2005

The solution to pollution is dilution!

Did you ever pee in the pool when you were a kid? Well, multiply that "pollution" by a factor of one gazillion and you will have an idea of what our guv'mint is doing in N'awlins.

State and federal agencies have just begun water quality testing in N'awlins, but environmental experts say the vile, stagnant chemical soup that sits in the streets of the city will contain traces of everything imaginable.

"Go home and identify all the chemicals in your house. It's a very long list," said Ivor van Heerden, head of a Louisiana State University center that studies the public health impacts of hurricanes.

"And that's just in a home. Imagine what's in an industrial plant," he said. "Or a sewage plant."

Gasoline, diesel, anti-freeze, bleach, human waste, acids, alcohols and a host of other substances must be washed out of homes, factories, refineries, hospitals and other buildings.

In Metairie, east of New Orleans, the floodwater is tea-colored, murky and smells of burnt sulfur. Do Not Go In There!

Those who have waded into it say they could see only about 1 to 2 inches into the depths and that there was significant debris on and below the surface.

Experts said the longer water sat in the streets, the greater the chance gasoline and chemical tanks -- as well as common containers holding anything from bleach to shampoo -- would rupture.

And after the toxic water is gone, the folks will have toxic mud to contend with, that will ultimately dry up and leave behind toxic dirt that the good people of N'awlins will be able to inhale. Kids are even closer to the ground, so they will undoubtedly ingest some.

Dubyah has promised no one will have to contend with bureaucratic red-tape. Forget the EPA. Forget the poor black folks and the impact this will have on them. Forget the flora and fauna that will be directly impacted by this toxic mix of God-knows-what.

So, let's just pump it all into the Mississippi River and Lake Pontchartrain, after all, the solution to pollution is dilution.

Is it just me? Sheesh.