Industrial Pollution In The Great Lakes

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Industrial Pollution in the Great Lakes
Pollution within the Great Lakes region has been an issue since before the 1970s, when pollution in this area caused concern, resulting in the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement between Canada and the United States. This was in place to improve water quality of the Great Lakes region. However, we are still struggling with pollution in the Great Lakes- and all over the world. As countries develop, they become more industrial to meet high market demands of goods that are produced in large companies, plants, and factories. This rise in the use of facilities such as these as well as shipping through air, water, and land transport results in over-pollution. This over pollution from these sources are primarily
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Industrial pollution and pollution of these lakes generally are resulting in toxic water that kills those in areas where the water is not treated or filtered as needed. The American Journal of Public Health states, “We reviewed blood lead levels for children younger than 5 years before (2013) and after (2015) water source change in Greater Flint, Michigan...elevated blood lead levels increased from 2.4% to 4.9% (P < .05) after water source change, and neighborhoods with the highest water lead levels experienced a 6.6% increase.” This is one example of the extreme results industrial pollution has on water sources within this region. In Flint, Michigan, there were many violations to the Safe Drinking Water Act, as well as violations of basic human rights- a clean, healthy and safe environment in which to live- as residents were denied access to a safe, clean water source as their water source became toxic over the years. This is only one example, but it is not the only area that will see consequences such as this or worse if industrial pollution is not reduced and responded to …show more content…
Typically, these processes are not environmentally safe, and create some type of pollution. As the process is already costly, at such a large scale these types of places would rather not spend more money protecting the people that ultimately may become customers from the dangers of industrial pollution. As the Daily Commercial News and Construction Record had stated previously, many of these companies are not prosecuted for the violation of pollution limits, and therefore is still an issue as a result. By allowing these large companies to violate pollution limits, dangerous amounts of chemicals are now meeting our Great Lakes region, which greatly impacts thousands of people and ultimately the rest of the

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