"The Secret Superfund Site." Schuylkill County. Could it be the coal reservoirs, the Cogen plants, or the fly ash? A by-product that contains toxic carcinogens, including arsenic, lead, cadmium, chromium, and selenium, which becomes a drift, carried by the unpredictable winds into rivers, streams, reservoirs, ground wells, etcetera.
Coal wastewater is stored in underground disposal wells that leak and contaminates groundwater aquifers. Abandoned mines are also sources of AMD. Acid Mine Drainage occurs when [inaudible] materials, from mining, reacts with water and oxygen. Acid Mine Drainage makes water more acidic, helping heavy metals like lead, mercury, and arsenic are discharged and dissolved into rivers, streams, etcetera.
About 15 years ago, most of us were unaware about a doctor by the name of Dr. Greco, who was secretly responsible for conducting a government clinical study randomly on unsuspecting citizens throughout Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. They were the subject to go onto certain medical procedures and tests. Certain officers, whom I promised to withhold and protect their anonymity, we're diagnosed with a medical anomaly called prostatic stones, as a result of consuming and drinking this water at Schuylkill County.
If you didn't know, there is a 300% rate of children born with asthma, then any other part of the country. You also might not know that there is an astounding 200% rate more citizens, in Schuylkill County, contracting cancer, than anywhere else in the entire country. No wonder why scientists and environmentalists outside of Schuylkill County have declared and conceded to the inevitable facts. Schuylkill County is a cancer cluster, riddled with a myriad of other contributing medical ailments.
I bet you didn't know that. Every time you cook, clean, eat, drink, this water, it is killing the environment, plants, trees, rivers, birds, animals, its citizens. And more importantly, our progeny bit by bit with every drink. 75% of the people on earth don't have access to clean water. 11 to 12 million people on earth are exposed to contaminated water. The makeup of human beings’ bodies is comprised of 85% water.
With these high percentages, this means that the existence of human beings, dependent on continuously drinking the water, that is approved by the EPA and DEP. Which is, at the very minimum, contaminated and polluted, is truncating our lives right into the grave prematurely. With a bit of uncommon sense, it would behoove you to know, that the average citizen of Schuylkill County and abroad, would eventually arrive at the same conclusion. This is no longer a secret; it is an open secret. Schuylkill County is literally a Superfund site.
As a social environmental justice advocate, my advocacy is predicated on the united support and mobilization of the people, in and abroad, the nation of prisoners. I must admit, I give to every will to live the same reverence for life that I give to my own. It takes one person to fight for your rights. Just like one person to start a fire. Set your trail blaze by exposing the environmental secrets that affect us all. A human element.
Bryant Arroyo for Prison Radio and Prison Nation of Prisoners.
(Sound of a cell door closing.) These commentaries are recorded by Noelle Hanrahan of Prison Radio.