AP NEWS

Gov’t Can’t Afford To Clean Up The Environment

March 11, 2019

Editor: Since 1980, after the passage of The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, the government allocated roughly $243 million a year to clean up land sites that were identified as being contaminated by hazardous waste and which pose a risk to human health and the environment. In the last 39 years, $ 9.75 billion has been allocated to the Super Fund to clean up materials that are a risk to human health/environment. When you think that $5 billion for one year is the suggested price to build a southern wall, then only 1/20th of that amount is spent a year to protect the American people and the environment. Where are the government’s priorities? Now, a new government assessment is being put on the people who live near the Susquehanna River. Why? Because the government cannot afford to clean up the environment. This is shown by its response to the 1,345 identified Super Fund sites still left in America. This assessment requires that you pay money to the sewer authority so that they can begin to adhere to the government’s request of reducing pollution (sediment) in the Chesapeake Bay. It was OK for Binghamton to dump 73 million gallons of waste into the river without penalty because they are building a new sewage plant. I guess this is not pollution or acceptable pollution like the lead in the drinking water commercial. Do you think Wyoming Valley might have to upgrade its sewage system some day? I wish the newspapers would tell the citizens of Luzerne County all the other municipalities outside of Luzerne County that are being assessed. By the way, are the municipalities being assessed for all the impervious property they own or are they exempt? Oh, no, if they are not, up go the taxes. Stanley Halas HANOVER TWP.