by Erin Brockovich | Updated on 1.9.19
As we usher in a New Year, I have some changes that I would like to make on my work commitments and keeping folks aware of the vast environmental issues that are going on in America.
Over the past several disruptive years, our environmental policies have been seriously forgotten, rolled back, and not made a priority. While this baffles me, I feel that through this disruption we're waking up and realizing that what we thought our agencies were protecting isn't happening at all. As we recognize more about the impacts of climate change, and begin to better understand the big picture, we now have a window of opportunity to re-focus our attention on the serious environmental issues here at home.
With more information and awareness, we must become more vigilant and outspoken about what is happening in our own backyards. As we begin to recognize the enormous cutbacks to the EPA and the tremendous burden of too many contaminated places, we must rise up town by town, city by city, and state by state. Together, we must speak out for the future and for change.
I have been in a unique position in my career, as thousands and thousands of people come to me with their water issues, contaminated soil vapors intruding into their homes, widespread air pollution, and town after town reporting what seems to be too many children with cancer and disease. It’s overwhelming! So, for 2019 I have decided that each week I will highlight a town that is suffering with environmental issues. I will let you know what the problem is, how long it’s been going on, where to find assistance to address the issue, and who (and I mean your representatives) to call again and again until we see some form of action taken.
We have an exciting new House of Representatives at work (126 women - WOW!), so let’s help guide them to where these issues are unfolding so that they can implement their best work. It will take each and every one of us to turn around these many critical environmental problems, and it will be up to you and I to speak out loudly for the clean and safe environment that is critical to our health and welfare.
So let's start today. Join me by clicking about to contact your elected officials. 2019, here we come.
Written by Erin Brockovich
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I live in Polk County, FL. Due to the uprising and controversy over the Dunbar Sludge coming literally to my back door, I have spent many hours studying the FDEP and the toxic chemicals going into our aquifers that provide water to many thousands of Floridians. Polk County is a major supplier of produce that is watered by well water (polluted) I might add. I now will not purchase produce grown locally. Del-Monte has a huge farm just down the road, sad to say I am now afraid of the produce that is grown there, therefore will not purchase their cans of vegetables. It is now strawberry season here and the Strawberry Festival is right around the corner. What was in the well water that watered all the strawberries that will be in supermarkets all over the country?? The Romaine lettuce scare from California got national attention, but little Polk County has stayed under the radar. I pray that our produce is never called out like the lettuce. Please stop these billion dollar companies from dumping and/or injecting their toxic waste into the ground which gets into the well water and aquifer for our drinking water. Talk to the locals, they know what's going on. Don't ask FDEP or the companies, they lie.
We have known about the disastrous effects of climate change for a decades. I have been actively trying to raise awareness of the dire situation of climate change for years with a film I made called, The Sacred Run, the lotus and the feather. I can't believe we are still talking about this. This country could be a leader in creating a sustainable culture and develop new technologies for clean energy but with Trump as President and the oil, gas and coal lobbyists paying off people in the very organizations that are supposed to protect the environment is tragic. The damage that is being done now will have devastating effects on animals and people. When will Congress decide to take this issue seriously? All media should be talking about this climate crisis and what we can do about it. Environmental protection should be one of the top issues.
Lake Okeechobee seems to be getting a lot of attention by the Governor. I live in Polk County that seems to be the "dumping" ground for most of Central and South Florida waste, whether it's industrial waste to sludge from waste water treatment. The current dump site is Cedar Trail Landfill (a private owned Class 1) that is taking Dunbar sludge. Research the history of this landfill. It has had sinkholes that has dumped toxic chemicals into the Peace River Aquifer which provides drinking water to many thousands of Floridians. I believe if you follow the water trail, rivers, branches, etc. you will see Peace River eventually dumps into Lake O. I am only requesting someone besides FDEP look into Polk County becoming the next catastrophe. We provide so much of the produce here that is being sold not only in Florida but nationwide. Strawberries are hitting the grocery stores now that have been watered with well water that has who knows what in them. Del-Monte has a farm on Hwy 60 that I have no idea how many acres it covers. The produce is being grown, watered and packed to sell nationwide. Don't let Florida become the next National scare of our produce like the Romaine Lettuce became. Stop raping the land to provide toxic fertilizer (Mosiac) and then dumping the waste here. Help Polk County. The citizens that live around these places can't fight FDEP and their rubber stamp.