The sad suspicion about Trump’s shameful treatment of Puerto Rico 

The White House’s response to the island’s emergency stands in stark contrast with the aid it provided to Florida and Texas.

The sad suspicion about Trump’s shameful treatment of Puerto Rico – The Washington Post

sigh…

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Hurricane Irma left a poop problem in its wake.

There’s a lot of sewage still to clean up.

….Pollution reports submitted to Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection show that, due to power outages and flooding caused by Irma, human waste has been spilling into streets, residences, and waterways across the entire state. At the time of this article’s publication, at least 113 “Public Notices of Pollution” had been submitted to the DEP. Combined, those discharge reports showed more than 28 million gallons of treated and untreated sewage released in 22 counties. The total amount is surely much more; at least 43 of those reports listed either an “unknown” or “ongoing” amount of waste released, and new reports continue to roll in—sometimes as many as a dozen per hour.

In other words, Irma was a literal shitstorm. But it’s no laughing matter. Sewage spills pose a major threat to public health, and they’re likely to become more common due to two increasingly connected crises facing America: an aging infrastructure and climate change.

 

Hurricane Irma left a poop problem in its wake.

hmmmmm

Will Hurricane Irma Hit Haiti? The Storm Looks Like It’s Headed For The Island Nation

According to the National Hurricane Center, Irma will arrive in Haiti at approximately 8:00 a.m. on Sept. 7, but it may be an indirect hit. According to this chart by the NHC, Haiti will be spared the worst of the hurricane — wind speeds will top out around 30 to 40 miles per hour, unlike the 100+ mile per hour winds that battered the Texas Gulf coast when Harvey hit last week. For now, however, only Antigua, Barbuda, Montserrat, St. Kitts, Sint Maarten, St. Martin, and Saint Barthelemy have hurricane warnings posted.

Will Hurricane Irma Hit Haiti? The Storm Looks Like It’s Headed For The Island Nation

Crossing my fingers for Haiti’s safety. (Enough’s enough!)

AP EXCLUSIVE: Toxic waste sites flooded in Houston area, EPA not on the scene 

Long a center of the nation’s petrochemical industry, the Houston metro area has more than a dozen Superfund sites, designated by the Environmental Protection Agency as being among America’s most intensely contaminated places. Many are now flooded, with the risk that waters were stirring dangerous sediment.

…The Associated Press surveyed seven Superfund sites in and around Houston during the flooding. All had been inundated with water, in some cases many feet deep.

…AP journalists used a boat to document the condition of one flooded Houston-area Superfund site, but accessed others with a vehicle or on foot. The EPA did not immediately respond to questions about why its personnel had not yet been able to do so.

AP EXCLUSIVE: Toxic waste sites flooded in Houston area – San Antonio Express-News

sighh….

F’ing toothless EPA