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Government did just as bad a job at environment clean up as did the corporation

‘Green goo’ revealed toxic leak at WV zinc plant
July 30, 2009 by VICKI SMITH

Hey look, the government did just as bad a job at this as did the corporation.

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – For at least five years before Rebecca Morlock noticed what she calls “a green goo” seeping out of the ground below a former zinc-smelting plant in the town of Spelter, water loaded with potentially toxic heavy metals was trickling into the West Fork River.

State environmental inspectors didn’t spot it, even though they’re required to walk the site twice a year.

Neither did the engineering firm hired by DuPont to inspect the site monthly to ensure toxic waste remains sealed under a layer of earth and plastic.

environment, health, bureaucracy

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