Sunday, October 23, 2005

America's Chernobyl

After speaking to my brother in law this past weekend I understand more about the cleanup of New Orleans. When he arrived he found a endless sludge, a toxic stew as far as the eye could see, stretching all the way out to the ocean were rotting animals, rotting vegetables, oil and every kind of item you use in your everyday life stretched to its extreme limits and bound together. They expect the work to go for at the very least five years. Families are trying to get back to their homes but have to be turned away due to the environmental dangers. Of course there are those cheating and scamming these poor people.
The workers cleaning this horrid mess have to wear protective suits, masks, two sets of gloves, etc., If you can picture the men and women who helped clean up the spillage of the Exxon Valdez, you have a general view of their attire. They must buy their meals from the Red Cross and a shower costs $5.00. They must sleep in tents amid this environmental slaughter. I passionately believe that in many ways this is America’s Chernobyl.

- Chris Mansel

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