What book or movie is that quote from? You’ll find that bold statement in a book… ‘Toxic Man-The Melvin Wade Story.’
Melvin Wade said some outlandish stuff when I interviewed him for the book, but as time passes, more and more of it makes sense and is supported by fact. As much as many have turned a blind eye to his former factory-turned-dumpsite it cannot stay of the news for more than 6 months.
The latest story comes out of The Daily Caller. They compare the toxic clean up of the Wade Site in Chester to the Heinz National Refuge in Tinicum. Both of them are identified by the government as toxic sites requiring clean up and that both of them directly affect poor black communities, Chester and the Eastwick community of Philadelphia. That’s about where the comparison ends
In a surprising report of something that finally goes right on the Wade Site, we learn that it was cleaned at a remarkably fast speed while the government continues to litigate the clean up of the Heinz Refuge even though they were both identified as toxic around the same time, 40 years ago.
Fast is a relative term with the government Superfund Site cleanups. Here’s the sequence of events they list regarding the Wade site:
- Federal officials discovered pollution on Wade’s site in April/May 1977.
- Wade’s site caught fire in February 1978 injuring and later deemed responsible for the death of many first responders.
- The EPA started cleaning the Wade site in 1981.
- The EPA took it off the Superfund list in 1989.
Compare that to the Heinz Refuge:
- Pollution was first discovered flowing into Darby Creek in 1969
- Congress mandated that the refuge’s pollution be studied and cleaned in 1980. Instead, the contamination continued, causing a Pennsylvania agency to post signs warning visitors not to eat the fish and banned commercial turtle harvesting,
The two factors determining why one site is cleaned and the other isn’t is that one site was privately owned and the other is government owned.
Read more on The Daily Caller.com