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To the editor:
I am a disabled veteran who has been exposed to many hazardous chemicals due to numerous unsafe situations within my lifetime and I felt compelled to write and state my opinion and beliefs on several catastrophes that have occurred recently.
I was very disturbed about the chemical spill in West Virginia in which the water supply was affected for more than 300,000 people.
The chemical spill that contaminated the water supply tipped in under the regulatory radar because according to The Associated Press, "the facility was barely scrutinized, flying largely under the radar of government regulators who viewed it as a low-risk operation."
Danville also had a water contamination issue last year. It seems regulators pick and choose facilities, which they deem low priority, and do not inspect them. As a result, 10 or 20 years later they will deem it an unsafe facility and environment and this could also be the same situation with uranium mining.
I was exposed to chemicals in the military that were thought of as safe. However, many years later it was discovered those chemicals were hazardous.
This is a cry of one person who learned through experience how dangerous contaminated, unsafe and un-inspected sites and chemicals can be causing permanent disabilities and death.
My concern is how many other unregulated and experimented trials have been conducted under the radar that we haven’t heard about until something drastic happens like the chemical spill at Freedom Industries.
I am very concerned about the long-term affects it will have on each and every one of us.
The EPA should institute stronger regulations to prevent events like this from taking place again.
These are the reasons I am opposed to uranium mining and the long-term effects it can cause.
RAYMOND B. ROBERTSON
Comments: More about the chemical spill in W VA, the state lets the mining company get away with murder and ruining our water.....plus agent Orange, our govt turn their head too!
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