Greensboro: Another Ecological Disaster Brought to You by the EPA

The Gold King Mine catastrophe isn’t the only environmental disaster to be inflicted by the EPA recently:

In Greensboro [Georgia], EPA-funded contractors grading a toxic 19th-century cotton mill site struck a water main, sending the deadly sediment into a nearby creek. Though that accident took place five months ago, the hazard continues as heavy storms — one hit the area Tuesday — wash more soil into the creek.

The sediment flows carry dangerous mercury, lead, arsenic and chromium downstream to Lake Oconee and then to the Oconee River — home to many federally and state protected species.

Lead in the soil at the project site is 20,000 times higher than federal levels established for drinking water, said microbiologist Dave Lewis, who was a top-level scientist during 31 years at the Environmental Protection Agency.

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He became a whistleblower critical of EPA practices and now works for Focus for Health, a nonprofit that researches disease triggers.

“Clearly, the site is a major hazardous chemical waste dump, which contains many of the most dangerous chemical pollutants regulated by the EPA,” Lewis wrote in a 2014 affidavit for a court case filed by local residents that failed to prevent the EPA project: creating a low-income housing development.

Low-incoming housing is socialist housing, paid for by others on a coercive basis. Here we are getting closer here to what the EPA is actually about: imposing a left-wing economic system. Normally this is accomplished by strangling the free market with excessive regulation that is incrementally imposing a de facto centralized economy. Communist regimes are not known for protecting the environment the way capitalist societies can afford to do.

The mill site contains 34 hazardous chemicals, 30 of which are on the EPA’s list of priority pollutants because of “high toxicity, persistence, lack of degradability, and harmful effects on living organisms,” Lewis wrote. …

The Environmental Protection Agency has denied — but now admits — that it funded the cleanup and development project the triggered the catastrophe.

“Environmental Protection Agency” is starting to sound as Orwellian as the “Ministry of Love” and the “Department of Justice.”

Making a mess at taxpayer expense.

On a tip from Rob E. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.

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