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Can a $100m cleanup operation save Mead, Nebraska, from putrid pesticide-laced waste that has polluted water, with health implications yet unknown?This story is co-published with The New Lede journalism projectFor a visitor to this rural part of eastern Nebraska, the crisp air, blue skies and stretch of seemingly endless farm fields appear as unspoiled landscape. But for the people who live here, there is no denying this is an environmental disaster that researchers fear may affect generations to come.It has been just over a year since state regulators stepped in to close down the AltEn LLC ethanol plant on the outskirts of Mead, Nebraska, a small village of about 500 people near Omaha. The plant was found to be the source of huge quantities of toxic, pesticide-laced waste, which was stored in lagoons and piled into hills of a putrid lime-green mash. That waste then was accidentally spilled and intentionally spread throughout the area, including on to farm fields and into waterways that provide drinking water for people and wildlife several miles downstream. Continue reading...
Celý článek: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/apr/26/pollution-mead-nebraska-pesticide-waste
Zdroj: The Guardian
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