Cluster of Birth Defects Not Detailed by Authorities
|March 10, 2014||Posted by Staff under Health, The Progress Report|
A 2014 excerpt of ENENews, Feb 18th.
NBC News, Feb. 17, 2014: ‘Bizarre’ Cluster of Severe Birth Defects Haunts Health Experts
A mysterious cluster of severe birth defects in rural Washington state [and] reports of new cases continue to climb. Federal and state officials won’t say how many women in a three-county area near Yakima, Wash., have had babies with anencephaly — born missing parts of the brain or skull. And they admit they haven’t interviewed any of the women in question, or told the mothers there’s a potentially widespread problem.
[...] nearly two dozen cases in three years, a rate four times the national average
[...] CDC and state officials refused to tell NBC News how many new cases they’d received in 2013
[...] Allison Ashley-Koch, professor at the Duke University Medical Center for Human Genetics: “Any time you see a geographic cluster of a pretty severe birth defect, it does make you wonder if there is a common exposure
[...] If you could find a way to stop this from happening, why wouldn’t you want to do that? Why would you not want to tell people?”
NBC’s report failed to mention the cluster’s proximity to Hanford, the most contaminated area in Western Hemisphere.
Ed. Notes: Polluters are both businesses and governments. Presently, we can hold business people accountable, especially if we quit letting them hide behind limited liability. But how can we hold elected officials and bureaucrats accountable?
Maybe we can’t and so we should not let government wield so much power in the first place. How? Rather than let politicians spend public money to fund their grandiose ideas such as dump sites, force them to raise the money by selling bonds. Bond buyers are more cautious, since they don’t want to lose their investment or become liable for hazardous projects. Governments would not be able to sell enough bonds to fund something as hazardous as a nuclear dump.
This is an economic solution, not a political solution such as trying to persuade government to clean up this one site while leaving the power of spending in the hands of government. Since money matters, this economic solution should work.