Uncle Sam’s toxic baked Alaska

Many Americans can remember episodes like Times Beach and Love Canal where toxic chemicals were improperly disposed of. And while those instances involved private companies, little scrutiny has been focused on the federal government’s own cleanup record. According to Iain Murray of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, Uncle Sam has its own spotty record managing toxic cleanup efforts – particularly in Alaska, where an area the size of ANWR contains some 136 oil wells that have not been sealed off properly and are filled with dangerous debris. With even the State of Alaska saying these sites are out off compliance, it appears our federal government is failing to lead by good environmental example.

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