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What Really is at the Bottom of our LakesIn the article Sludge William Ashworth points out that with the success of economic growth the cost is often the environment This is most evident in our lakes and rivers which have served as a dumping ground whether we realized it or not This has caused environmental problems health problems and toxins we can not dispose of properly9Ashworth has many different cases in which to support this article The citizens of Waukegan Illinois for example wanted to have a port built for their harbor so that businesses would come and their town could grow The peoples request was granted and as hoped new business flocked to this new port Among these businesses was a boatbuilder named Johnson which used polychlorinated biphenyl PCB to lubricate and use as hydraulic fluids for industrial applications such as aluminum die-casting This chemical was cheap and the chemist who was producing it had assured everyone that it was almost completely inert 278 This chemist was presumed to be an authority on this chemical so the company did not question his analysis Johnson motors started to use the PCB with no preventive or safety actions taken In 1976 the Water Quality Board did a report on Waukegan Harbor and in this report the board said that the harbor was grossly contaminated with PCB 279 The company evaluated that a fifth of this chemical leaked from machinery or spilled onto the floor where it was washed down drains and deposited at the bottom of their harbor They have tried to dispose of these toxins but there is no secure method to do soAccording to the author our environment is very delicate and must be treated with care This was not the case in Kyushu Japan as Ashworth points out More than one thousand people came down with poisoning The symptoms were serious like jaundice swollen limbs and joints severe lassitude and acne-like lesions Mothers
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