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The Grand Canyon is Full of Mercury
Researchers find high levels of mercury and selenium in plants and animals along the Colorado River

The Grand Canyon boasts one of the most breathtaking natural landscapes on Earth, and draws over 4.7 million visitors each year. Now, writes UPI’s Brooks Hays, researchers have discovered something else in the canyon: mercury contamination.

When researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey measured levels of mercury and selenium at six sites along 250 miles of the Colorado River, writes Hays, they found “significant levels of mercury and selenium in plant and animal samples.” In a release, the researchers noted that concentrations of these chemicals “regularly exceeded risk thresholds for fish and wildlife…

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The abandoned buildings of Hinkley, California.


Hinkley is the location of one of Pacific Gas & Electric’s natural gas pipeline compressor stations. Upon testing, it was found that the hexavalent chromium used to prevent rust in the cooling towers had leaked into the ground, causing the world’s largest plume of chromium-6 to pollute the town’s drinking water. PG&E has since paid millions in settlements to the residents, as well as bought out much of the property, leaving this Mojave desert community a ghost town-in-the-making.

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CENSORED NEWS: Warning! U.S. EPA tells Navajo People to Waive their Rights - Gold King spill

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. - The U.S. EPA has been seeking signatures from the Navajo People on Standard Form No. 95 which, if signed, will waive future claims against the U.S. EPA.

“The Federal Government is asking our People to waive their future rights because they know without the waiver they will be paying millions to our People. This is simple; the Feds are protecting themselves at the expense of the Navajo people and it is outrageous.” said President BegayeStandard Form No. 95 states the following:I CERTIFY THAT THE AMOUNT OF CLAIM COVERS ONLY DAMAGES AND INJURIES CAUSED BY THE INCIDENT ABOVE AND AGREE TO ACCEPT SAID AMOUNT IN “FULL SATISFACTION AND FINAL SETTLEMENT OF THIS CLAIM”All signors will be limited to the specific claims filed, and any future claims for injuries caused by the Gold King Mine will be waived.“The U.S. EPA has admitted they are at fault and stated this disaster will last for decades. This is unacceptable. The damages to our People will be long term and the Navajo Nation will not settle for pennies. I have consistently stated that the Navajo people deserve to be compensated for every penny lost. I will not allow fine print to let U.S. EPA off the hook. The Navajo people deserve better from the United States government.” said President Begaye.The U.S. EPA has been attending local public hearings across the Navajo Nation, in Shiprock, Aneth and Olijato and passing out Standard Form No. 95 to participants urging them to sign the form. The Navajo Nation Attorney General has advised that Form No. 95 will settle for current claims and preclude all future claims from the spill.“We are also concerned for our neighbors, and whether this Standard Form No. 95 is being circulated in other communities. This is not just hurting the Navajo People but all those in the Four Corners Region. Think twice before you sign this form, we must hold U.S. EPA fully accountable for their negligence.” said Vice-President Nez
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EPA won’t face fines for polluting rivers with orange muck
Unlike BP, which was fined $5.5 billion for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster, the EPA will pay nothing in fines for unleashing the Animas River spill.
By The Washington Times http://www.washingtontimes.com

No firings, no fines, no lawsuits, no repercussions of any kind. That’s the government for you. Thank God we have them to “protect” the environment for us.