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New Orleans Nearly Made It onto the Top Ten List of Most Polluted Places on the Planet

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posted on Oct, 20 2006 @ 09:08 AM
The Blacksmith Institue, a US enviromental group has issued its annual list of the 10 most polluted places on the planet. 5 of the sites are within the teritory of the former Soviet Union and are all - except for Chernobyl - related to weapons production, nuclear and chemical. 2, in India and China, are related to hazardous industrial activities. 2, in Zambia and Peru, are the results of mining activities, and the last one, in the Dominican Republic, a result of unsafe recycling and produce of lead batteries. The institute have mainly focused on sites, where the pollutants where to affect people. 10 million are the total estimate of those affected, and heavy metals, such as lead, cadmium are the single major hazard. Others include radioactive metals, uranium, plutonium, strontium-90 and cesium-137, to name the worst. Oxides of sulfur, nitrogen and various forms of volative organic compounds, such as dioxines, phenols and arsenic trioxides are found at the industrial sites. Most intriguing, New Orleans was one of the candidates, that didn't make it.
"A particular concern of all these cases is the accumulating and long lasting burden building up in the environment and in the bodies of the people most directly affected," said the institute's director Richard Fuller.

"There are places where life expectancy approaches medieval rates, where birth defects are the norm not the exception, where children's asthma rates are measured above 90%, and where mental retardation is endemic," the report says.

"In countries where life expectancies may be half that of the richest nations, the unfortunates in these areas do not even survive that long or if they do, it is in suffering."

Research by UN agencies suggests about 20% of premature deaths worldwide may be attributable to environmental factors.

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We all know Chernobyl, but the remainder on the list are largely unknown to layman. Which in no way makes them less serious. Awareness are the first step if the problem are to be dealt with. The Blacksmith Institute seems to do a great work in funding and spurring local authorities to clean up the mess, though its kind of burlesque and totally wrong, that the accountable for the pollutions seldom if ever, are to pay. That's why they prefer third world countries.

The top ten list is only the very top of the iceberg. A total of 35 candidates where chosen from, and what is interesting about that list is, New Orleans was on it. Today the Bajou is a heavy developed petro-chemichal industrial complex and they were all flooded and their pollutants distributed throughout the region. Residues from them are now found in several parishes of Louisiana, with hotspots exceeding a 100-fold EPA guidelines. A snippet from the N.O.'s section, which can be found by scrolling down in the supported newslink.
Site Description: Since the levee breach in the Lower Ninth Ward, and subsequent flooding of the city, New Orleans now poses substantial health risks to those returning to the city. Thirty-seven percent of more than 200 samples taken in Orleans Parish exceed the Louisiana state cleanup level for soil in residential neighborhoods. There are seven locations in residential neighborhoods of Mid-City, Gentilly, Lakeview and New Orleans East where arsenic levels are more than 100 times higher than the EPA soil safety guideline and as much as 6.5 times higher than the Louisiana cleanup and investigation level. More than half of the samples collected in several neighborhoods, and more than 25 percent of the samples collected across the New Orleans area, likely meet the EPA's definition of a hazardous waste. NRDC's analysis identified "hot spots" of lead contamination at levels as much as three times higher than the Louisiana soil cleanup and investigation level in Gentilly, Bywater, Mid-City and the Lower Ninth Ward. As much as 91 percent of the EPA samples were found to contain significant amounts of diesel fuel ingredients. In fact, every EPA sample from the districts of Uptown/Carrollton and Central City/Garden exceeds the state cleanup and investigation standard for diesel contamination, as do more than 90 percent of the samples from Mid-City, Gentilly, Bywater, New Orleans East, and Arabi in St. Bernard Parish. NRDC also identified eight hot spots where levels of diesel-range organics are more than 100 times higher than the LDEQ soil cleanup and investigation standard for residential neighborhoods.

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The most scary part concerning New Orleans is the bio-labs, as it has come to my attention by studying ATS threads about Katrina. More investigations and research need to be done in the repercussions.

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