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February 26th, 2010
10:00 AM ET

Broken Government: Town says chemicals sicken

Editor's Note: All this week in our special series "Broken Government," CNN is taking a hard look at our nation's government; the frustrating problems and the potential solutions. Today, our Dr. Sanjay Gupta heads to a small community, now surrounded by 14 chemical plants spewing cancer-causing waste. Why has it taken the government's environmental watchdog a decade to get involved?

(CNN) – All week long, we have been investigating our broken government. Today, we focus on the environment. Specifically, one town's fears that pollution from nearby chemical plants is making them sick.

Our chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta has the story of Mossville, Louisiana, and the government's failure to respond to their cries for help.

Read more: Toxic town 'like an experiment'


Filed under: Broken Government • Environment
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  1. john

    Interesting story. Perhaps CNN should come a bit west on I-10 to La Porte Texas. We have over 30 chemical plants in town; 3 miles to the east are two of the largest Bayer and Exxon chemical facilities in the world; immediately to the west is one of the larger Shell refineries; to the south in Pasadena are other facilities, and those are only a few of the facilities that are all around us. But, the difference may be that in La Porte the chemical companies, the city and the citizens work together to make it a safe,economically vibrant and great place to live and work – and we have not and do not rely on the EPA or any federal agency to make it work. It has been, is, and will continue to be a successful partnership because we do it locally.

    February 27, 2010 at 12:11 pm |
  2. A. Smith, Oregon

    Although Bush-Cheney gutted the EPA inspectors during their eight year tenure, there are still federal and State mandates on fresh drinking water purity and how often city water supplys are tested as well on the accepted levels of contamination.

    If the contamination is strictly airborne, the EPA routinely should test for toxins and release quarterly reports on their findings.

    There are dozens of reputable environmental testing facility's across America which the CNN Staff could request to collect samples of the tap water, soil and air to test and report on air the results.

    As Dr. Gupta knows toxic metals that build up in the body can be detected by testing the victims hair and blood for any possible contamination of toxic minerals or elements.

    February 27, 2010 at 1:00 am |