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Matt Bors

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  1. SKJAM!

    SKJAM! GoComics PRO Member said, 8 months ago

    Freedom Industries—Bringing people together.

  2. Robert Landers

    Robert Landers said, 8 months ago

    If we do not start to learn to get along with the environment better, such pollution is going to be everyone’s future!!

  3. Michael wme

    Michael wme said, 8 months ago

    West Virginia is just another of those poor Asian countries where US corporations provide desperately needed jobs. The neo-colonials would have starved to death without those jobs, and they don’t really mind. Bangladesh, India, West Virginia, Texas etc. would rather have the jobs even if fires, plant collapses, explosions from poorly stored fertilizer, or poison leaks kill a few. It’s not like they’re Americans.

  4. BrassOrchid

    BrassOrchid GoComics PRO Member said, 8 months ago

    MCHM isn’t actually considered hazardous, and therefore had no restrictive protocols in place beyond planned containment, which failed. If they had acted sooner, however, they might have been able to implement secondary containment options to prevent leakage into the local water tables. No fatalities are reported and none are expected. the toxicity of MCHM is too low for it to be regulated as hazardous material under existing federal guidelines.
    Still, yuck.

  5. Enoki

    Enoki said, 8 months ago

    I guess the dual concepts of an industrial society and accidents escape Bors completely….

  6. ScullyUFO

    ScullyUFO said, 8 months ago

    @Enoki

    Interesting. My take was the complete opposite: that Bors completely understood the dual concepts of an industrial society and accidents.

  7. ARodney

    ARodney said, 8 months ago

    Yep. This never would have happened in California, because California does not allow corporations to run rough-shod over the rights of people. There was a good piece on NPR yesterday about the gaps in oversight of chemical storage in W. Virginia. After every accident there are proposals made to prevent accidents, and they are always quietly squashed by the W V government to please the companies.

  8. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, 8 months ago

    As West Virginians were learning Thursday of a devastating chemical spill in the Elk River that has rendered water undrinkable for 300,000 people, the US House of Representatives was busy gutting federal hazardous-waste cleanup law.

    The House passed the Reducing Excessive Deadline Obligations Act that would ultimately eliminate requirements for the Environmental Protection Agency to review and update hazardous-waste disposal regulations in a timely manner, and make it more difficult for the government to compel companies that deal with toxic substances to carry proper insurance for cleanups, pushing the cost on to taxpayers.

    In addition, the bill would result in slower response time in the case of a disaster, requiring increased consultation with states before the federal government calls for cleanup of Superfund sites – where hazardous waste could affect people and the environment.

    The bill amends both the Solid Waste Disposal Act and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act – often referred to as Superfund, which was created in 1980 to hold polluter industries accountable for funding the cleanup of hazardous-waste sites.

  9. hippogriff

    hippogriff said, 8 months ago

    Barawwwwk: They weren’t asleep, they were proposing laws to deal with it. However, these were filibustered in the Senate and vetoed by a 19th century House.

  10. eugene57

    eugene57 said, 8 months ago

    Let’s just trust industries will do what is best for people, the environment and there own self intrest. Remember how well BP,(we bring oil to American shores) did .

  11. alise duhon

    alise duhon said, 8 months ago

    @CCNJ's say the sky is falling

    This is the second comment of yours I have read today and it leaves me with one question for you:

    Did you lose your mind all at once or was it a slow, gradual process?

  12. masterskrain

    masterskrain GoComics PRO Member said, 8 months ago

    Re. Barawwwwk…Ima, is that you AGAIN?
    Under ANOTHER name??

  13. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, 8 months ago

    @Rad-ish

    Thanks for the update. Just when you think Congress could not possibly become more reprehensible…..

  14. BrassOrchid

    BrassOrchid GoComics PRO Member said, 8 months ago

    @Adrian Snare

    It was not restricted or required to have more stringent safety protocols in place because it is not a toxic substance. It is not considered hazardous. It certainly is not meant for human consumption, and it will make you sick if you drink it. But there is no oversight on this particular substance because it isn’t particularly dangerous. Nobody died. Nobody is expected to die. The spill was an accident and the overflow from the containment area was negligence compounded by not reporting the breach immediately and not acting to stem the flow before it got out of hand and into the water table. The outrage is manufactured. The sparkling pure EPA and associated non-legislative law-makers have no regulations for this particular substance, either because it isn’t that great a problem, or because they are worthless and should be abolished and replaced with an elected body of law-makers who do not farm out their responsibilities to avoid having to offend their constituents by the exhibition of common sense.

  15. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, 8 months ago

    And methanol is good for everyone, right?

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