The Obamas may be the newest sludge victims. Michelle's hopes of having a truly organic garden and healthy vegetables for her own children and other children who visit the White House have been dashed.
President Obama should instruct all relevant federal agencies to live up to his stated commitment to address the health crisis in Vieques immediately, pursue an "environmentally acceptable" clean-up for Vieques, and work toward a fair and complete resolution to the ongoing litigation.
Children living anywhere in the suburbs in a house built before 1960 are at high risk for high-dose lead exposure. An old house in Highland Park is as dangerous as an old house in Harvey. It makes no difference that the old house has been repainted with unleaded paint.
Between 1925 and 1985, when leaded gasoline was used in America, around 68 million children were poisoned by automobile lead emissions. The evidence is substantial that the corporations involved were fully aware.
In the realm of free trade, what comes around goes around. American families lose their jobs when multinationals dismantle U.S. factories and lose a child when poisoned products are imported to the U.S.