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Toxic Waste Debate - H ayes 1 Ryan Hayes M rs Mor r ison...

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Hayes 1 Ryan Hayes Mrs. Morrison Eng 111 EB 31 October 2008 Why is There Lava on my Mountain and in my Water? The first time I visited my friend’s house was strange. His mother drove us to his house, and it looked beautiful from the front. It was everything you could have imagined: a nice long driveway, a luscious green lawn, and a basketball hoop. I expressed my thoughts to my friend, saying, “Wow, you have a really nice house”. Although he thanked me for the compliment, he looked sad and said, “You have not seen it all”. We walked to the backyard and at that moment, I could see what he was saying. When I looked up on the hill, there were slabs of paint everywhere. He also pointed out the brook that turned into a nasty orange color. I asked, “How could this happen?”. That was when I learned about the Ford factory and why it has become a catastrophe in this neighborhood. During the 1950’s and possibly earlier, many companies were starting to dump their waste outside their factories. According to the plant manager of Ford Motor Company in the 1960s, they followed all the laws and regulations with the local towns. They dropped things like car parts, solvents, and paint sludges onto the ground and in mining areas
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Hayes 2 (ENS). From a business perspective, it was cheaper to buy paint than to remove the paint sludge, because it was expensive to have a truck come and take it away (Barry). During the 1960s nobody had knowledge or interest in protecting the environment (Barry). Now, companies like Ford have paid the price for what they have done in the past. Even though Ford has satisfied the Environmental Protection Agency by cleaning up the sludge from 500 acres and 50 homes in 1985, they have now found out that there is much more to be done (Stodghill). With all the information about this hazard waste within Upper Ringwood, people have sued Ford for the damages and injuries, which were caused by the negligence of their waste (Stodghill). Despite Ford and other companies’ claims of not knowing the consequences of waste dumping, these companies should clean up what they have dumped.
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