That cartoon isn't just a coincidence, especially the part about the polluted water. Turns out, clean water violations are on the rise across the United States, with 10% of Americans being exposed to unhealthy drinking water. The culprit is agriculture and industrial practices and poor enforcement of regulations.
It all comes down to money. The Environmental Protection Agency recognizes the problem, saying today's water does not meet public health goals and enforcement is unacceptably low, but state officials are handcuffed by lack of funding. So in the meantime millions of people are unknowingly ingesting toxins.
Via The New York Times.
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