Swimming in Sewage
The Growing Problem of Sewage Pollution and How the Bush Administration Is Putting Our Health and Environment at Risk
Sewage overflows cost Americans billions a year in medical treatment, lost productivity and repairs, and Bush administration policies are compounding the problem. This February 2004 report from NRDC and the Environmental Integrity Project describes the emerging environmental and public health crisis resulting from our nation's failure to effectively treat sewage, presents seven case studies from around the country that illustrate how exposure to sewage pollution has killed or seriously injured people and harmed local economies, and recommends solutions to America's sewage problem.
OVERVIEW & QUICK REFERENCE
Sewage Pollution Threatens Public Health [En Español]
Swimming in Sewage: Frequently Asked Questions, PDF format, 113k.
Excerpts from Public Comments Regarding EPA's Proposed Sewage "Blending" Policy, PDF format, 49k.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
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