The Chemical Waste Disposal And Treatment Site

869 Words Jun 1st, 2016 4 Pages
Today, the chemical waste disposal and treatment site takes up 5.7 million cubic yards and disposes of approximately 35 million tons of garbage a year, actions which neglect general health safety. According to the cerrell report, over ninety percent of the hazardous waste has been disposed in a potentially harmful manner which negatively impacts the environment and its people (Powell, 1984). Impacts on the environment include air pollution, groundwater pollution or depletion, and loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation. Health impacts include accidents, exposure to unknown or uncertain complex risks, such as radiation, and deaths. Other impacts that are being researched include birth malformations, current issue that is affecting large part of the population. Company officials have declared that the landfill is among the most heavily regulated and monitored facilities of its kind and is overseen by several federal agencies including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District and the State Water Resources Control Board, each which concludes that the facility does not pose a risk to the community. Yet, it fails to report hazardous material spills to the general public who continues to consume and breathe these toxins (Sahagun, 2012). Within a fifteen month period, six children were born with serious birth defects, half which died from brain damage and cleft palates. Although the government has failed to see toxic waste as a…
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