By Adam Andrzejewski for RealClearPolicy
Despite the fact that there have been many warning indicators that the consuming water in Illinois is tainted with “without end chemical compounds” that may keep in an individual’s physique for years and trigger most cancers and different illnesses, the Illinois Environmental Safety Company didn’t start testing the state’s water utilities for the chemical compounds till August 2020.
That is in accordance with a new investigation by the Chicago Tribune, which reported that even after discovering out the outcomes, state and native officers downplayed them, “burying notices full of technical jargon on authorities web sites.”
Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances — often known as PFAS — are lengthy lasting chemical compounds present in many various client, industrial, and industrial merchandise that break down very slowly over time.
Final 12 months, Congress allotted $10 billion for loans and grants to finance PFAS-related initiatives, and the EPA just lately acquired $50 billion for consuming water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure initiatives.
RELATED: Illinois Governor Invested in Firm With $2.6 Billion In State Contracts
In Illinois, greater than 8 million individuals within the state — 6 out of each 10 Illinoisans — get their consuming water from a utility the place a minimum of one “without end chemical” has been detected, in accordance with the Chicago Tribune investigation.
As state officers downplayed the importance of the chemical compounds in consuming water, municipalities took it upon themselves to repair it.
Assist Conservative Voices!
Signal as much as obtain the most recent political information, perception, and commentary delivered on to your inbox.
A number of municipal wells in Will County are contaminated with PFAS and 5 communities there — Channahon, Crest Hill, Joliet, Romeoville and Shorewood — are forming a brand new water authority and constructing a 31-mile pipeline to move handled Lake Michigan water bought by Chicago, the newspaper reported.
The mission is slated for completion in 2030, costing water ratepayers a minimum of $1.4 billion, to make sure residents and companies they’ve sufficient secure water to drink.
State officers didn’t do their jobs and now residents should pay for it, to the tune of $1.4 billion. And that’s just one mission, different municipalities might observe.
Syndicated with permission from Actual Clear Wire.
The #WasteOfTheDay is offered by the forensic auditors at OpenTheBooks.com.
The opinions expressed by contributors and/or content material companions are their very own and don’t essentially mirror the views of The Political Insider.