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"North Carolina did not properly police public water supplies or private wells. Thousands of systems were not obeying laws requiring them to test their water and clean up contamination. Hundreds did not have a certified operator. While state regulators levied fines, they usually did not collect. The story also revealed problems with private wells that put two million North Carolinians at risk. The state enacted well construction standards years ago, but didn't enforce them. Two-thirds of the state's 100 counties didn't either. There was no state law in North Carolina requiring tests of private well water, and few counties require such tests."
The news team learned that several people complained the EPA never told them about toxic chemical waste contamination in their residential area. The waste was dumped near their homes or contaminated their water. Some residents eventually found out as they started to fall sick, but the EPA had known about the exposure for decades. The news team obtained the EPA database, mapped out where contaminants were concentrated and spotted the affected people. The source of contamination is traced to two steel companies. As a result, legislation is on the way, and authorities are testing soil and water.
This story addresses clause in Ohio's Bioterrorism Bill, which allows it to hide information gathered during public health investigations. The reporter discovered that hiding this information was more of a pattern than an exception. She found examples of the Department's efforts to bury information, stonewall citizens, and downplay health risks. For example...in one community, data was skewed to show no link between toxins in the soil and local leukemia cases. Not only does the Health Department hide this information, they make it nearly impossible to retrieve, by ignoring information requests...even the State Attorney General couldn't get answers to its health-related inquiry.
U.S. News & World Report looks at how pig farming has gone high tech and is creating new pollution woes. Human waste or industrial discharges must be treated to federal or state clean water standards, but giant hog factories are regulated no differently than small farms, where waste rules are minimal. Last summer, hog wastes were blamed as the major cause of pollution that killed more than 10 million freshwater fish in North Carolina rivers. Wastes from big pig farms also threaten well water and surface water with parasites, bacteria and viruses. (Jan. 22, 1996)