Joycelene Johns, 68, has lived in Mount Pleasant off and on for about 30 years and has put up with cloudy, odd-tasting water for years.*
"I'll drink it," she said, "but I pray before the first sip."
In other water news today, the EPA has decided not to finish its fracking study in Wyoming and to leave any further testing to the state. Petroleum industry sycophants are overjoyed and claiming a victory even though the EPA says that it is sticking by the data and results of the preliminary study which found evidence of methane, ethane, diesel-range organic compounds and phenol in test wells.
The agency said it won’t finalize the report drafted in 2011, nor does it plan to rely on that report’s conclusions. The EPA got involved in the Pavillion area after town residents complained to federal officials and argued that state regulators weren’t acting on their health and water complaints.
A review by the Government Accountability Office, Congress' investigative agency, blamed the Department of Energy for building the plant before the design process was complete. As a result, parts of the facility "may not work and may not meet nuclear safety standards," the report said.
The report was also critical of the Bechtel Corporation, the contractor in charge of the project. "The scheduled completion date has slipped by nearly a decade to 2019," it said.
The cleanup effort — with a price tag of about $2 billion annually — has cost taxpayers $40 billion to date, and is estimated will cost $115 billion more.