Unfortunately, more than nine million Americans do.
This from Think Progress:
CDC blocked release of ‘alarming’ environmental report.
The Center for Public Integrity reports today that “for more than seven months, the nation’s top public health agency has blocked the publication of an exhaustive federal study of environmental hazards in the eight Great Lakes states” because of “alarming information” about “elevated infant mortality and cancer rates” potentially threatening “more than nine million” Americans. In July, just days before the report was to be released, the Center for Disease Control “withdrew it, saying that it needed further review.”
Here is the link from Publicintegrity.org, which is what Think Progress picked up.
The 400-plus-page study, Public Health Implications of Hazardous Substances in the Twenty-Six U.S. Great Lakes Areas of Concern, was undertaken by a division of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at the request of the International Joint Commission, an independent bilateral organization that advises the U.S. and Canadian governments on the use and quality of boundary waters between the two countries. The study was originally scheduled for release in July 2007 by the IJC and the CDC’s Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR).
The Center for Public Integrity has obtained the study, which warns that more than nine million people who live in the more than two dozen “areas of concern”-including such major metropolitan areas as Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, and Milwaukee-may face elevated health risks from being exposed to dioxin, PCBs, pesticides, lead, mercury, or six other hazardous pollutants.
In many of the geographic areas studied, researchers found low birth weights, elevated rates of infant mortality and premature births, and elevated death rates from breast cancer, colon cancer, and lung cancer.
Nice, isn’t it?
Ya know, we’re all suffering “scandal fatigue” and I’m sure this story, like so many others, will never see the light of day, and if it does, will soon disappear down the Memory Hole.
It’s simply overwhelming to keep track of all the scandals. And when your attention is grabbed by one, there’s suddenly a new one to distract you.
So here you are, folks, your daily distraction from whatever the LAST scandal was/is. Oh yeah, admitting that we tortured three people. Somehow that doesn’t deal with the fact that the CIA has been slicing up people’s genitals and raping children in front of their parents. Hm, somehow “genital mutilation” and “child rape” isn’t as much fun to debate as “waterboarding.” God knows the MSM doesn’t want to report about “genital mutilation” because, well, that might make people squeamish and who knows, the goddamn FCC might just fine you for saying the word “genitals” on the evening news.
But waterboarding? I think you can buy sportswear from REI to go waterboarding, can’t you? Or maybe from Roxy. You know, for the kids.
Just don’t go “waterboarding” on the Great Lakes. You might get cancer.
But you’re not supposed to know about that.
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