The Aberfan Effect
The Welsh village of Aberfan suffered one of the worst mining
disasters when a huge slag heap at the edge of town collapsed and
covered the local school killing 144 people, mostly children.
The pressures for enhanced profits caused short cuts to be taken
disregarding environmental conditions. Warning signs of
instability of the slag heaps were ignored. The surroundings were
dotted with these mountains which was not only unsafe but
Surprisingly after the disaster the local populace figured out a
way to remove these eyesores, proving that this could have been
done earlier and preventing the tragedy.
For all those years the populace lived with ugly mounds, when
they could have been replaced by a pleasant surrounding.
You can read a fuller account here.
foul your own nest.
And a group that is fighting back:
I call the failure to learn this lesson the
Don't the business and political leaders have to live
in this world too?
Do they want their children raised in dangerous, polluted
What does the extra profit do them if they can't enjoy their
Are they immune to environmental poisons like Arsenic in the
and Mercury emissions from coal power plants?
Have we learned from this? Apparently not, here's a small list of
The Berkeley Pit Copper Mine, Butte MT
Hudson River PCB Contamination
Hanford Nuclear Weapons Site
Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant
Mercury Emissions from Coal Power Plants
Buffalo Creek Flood
Kingston Fossil Plant coal fly ash slurry
Sludge Safety Project
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