One major cause of water pollution is 'non-point' pollution, runoff from farms and streets, erosion, and toxic waste leakage. But this is not as obvious as other causes, and federal and state governments have paid little attention to its control.
A proposed housing development in eastern Contra Costa County is so close to a chemical factory that even the manager of the plant urged the Planning Commission not to rezone the land and permit the houses to be built there.
Over the past several years, the US nuclear weapons program has suffered one embarrassing disclosure after another including plant contamination of soil and water, exposure of civilians and military personnel to dangerous levels of radiation and government suppression of evidence. But now, the US DOE may soon keep a lot of this type of potentially embarrassing information secret.
Sponsored by the US Farmers Association and the Canadian Farm Survival Association, 125 independent farmers from nine of the world's breadbasket countries met in Ottawa to exchange information and to develop strategies for an agricultural emergency that is spilling across national borders.