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The Altamaha River enters the Atlantic Ocean at Darien, Georgia. The Blue Crabs, presumably, prefer the brackish waters in the coastal marshes. Though, their habitat seems increasingly stressed by the industrial pollution organizations like the Altamaha River Keepers are trying to combat.

In retrospect, it was a mistake to issue permits for the disposal of wastes in our natural environment. Even though they are man-made, industrial wastes are in an entirely different category because the accumulation and concentration of chemicals makes them toxic to organic life. And, once a permit has been issued, the recipient can claim a property right which, as we all know now, trumps human rights -- even the right to life. We have institutionalized extermination.

However, corporations are creatures of the state and what the state has made, the state can unmake.

Originally posted to hannah on Wed Feb 12, 2014 at 02:32 AM PST.

Also republished by Maryland Kos.

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  •  'Cause Blue Crabs can't talk, (7+ / 0-)

    by hannah on Wed Feb 12, 2014 at 02:30:36 AM PST

  •  States' rights seem to trump eveything. (4+ / 0-)

    I never gave a thought about how far down my personal property rights extended until the threat of hydrofracking. OTOH, with my waterfront property in Canada I understood that I only owned to the water. I could dock my boat(s) there but I was essentially guested. I would never attempt changes with the "natural shoreline", I have never fertilized my lawn there (but I did Roundup last year, but not by the shoreline).

    Poor crabs, another ghetto.

    Americans, while occasionally willing to be serfs, have always been obstinate about being peasantry. F. Scott Fitzgerald, the Great Gatsby

    by riverlover on Wed Feb 12, 2014 at 03:28:58 AM PST

  •  Same battle, Chesapeake Bay (2+ / 0-)
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    hannah, Amber6541

    Here in Maryland we get to "host" the runoff from poor pollution controls since forever in Pennsylvania.

    While I don't agree with everything I hear from the "Clean Chesapeake Coalition" ( they make two points that are well-taken.

    Maryland is screwed, is another way to put it.

    1. The lake behind the Conowingo Dam on the Susquehanna has acted to trap pollutants, but soon it will be full. No one is assiigned the responsiblity for dredging or maintaining this; Exelon, the hydropower folks, are looking for a 46 year permit to keep using the dam to make electricty, but before the CC spoke up, was not saying a thing about the giant sediment pond.

    2. It doesn't make a lot of sense to spend money in Maryland reducing nutrient pollution when 50 percent of the water and at least 50 percent of the pollutants are running downhill from Pennsylvania.

    Local improvements are good, BUT the long run effect the very expensive changes have on the overall Chesapeake can be obliterated by one good Hurricane Sandy bringing crap down from Penna and adding in material scoured from behind the dam.

    This would be hopeless if the EPA were not involved. But the EPA now needs to start whacking Pennsylvania on the bottom.

    The record is clear: state by state "voluntary" stuff hasn't worked and never will.

    Moving forward, there has to be coordination between upstream and downstream.

    That doesn't mean I should not install rain barrels, or that new building/rehabbed properties should get a pass on stormwater management.

    Every individual should do what they can at the level they can afford. New built environment should be held to the best we currently have.

    But dealing with larger sources, point or nonpoint, needs coordination.

    Of course,on top of all this,  assorted short-sighted corporate interests are trying to derail the whole multistate cleanup through endless lawsuits, too.

    What a great country!

    And, once a permit has been issued, the recipient can claim a property right which, as we all know now, trumps human rights -- even the right to life. We have institutionalized extermination.
    Well, permits can be tightened or revoked. The legislation can be changed. Regulations can be challenged.

    But up to a certain point, it's all about who has the most money to hire the loudest most connected lawyers.

    Thump! Bang. Whack-boing. It's dub!

    by dadadata on Wed Feb 12, 2014 at 05:32:32 AM PST

    •  True. But the underground economy alone (0+ / 0-)

      is estimated to be at two trillion dollars a year. People have lots of resources, if they'll pool them to effect the change we need. Enforcement is up to the citizenry.
      Thanks for your contribution in keeping the discussion going.

      by hannah on Wed Feb 12, 2014 at 05:37:30 AM PST

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