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The environment is the topic of conversation at every level of nations, governments, institutions, and private homes. As the population and globalization grow it aides in the expansion of industries that causes pollutants of chemicals and particles in the air and the waters on the planet. The needs and demands for energy to support the growth of industries occurring around the world have provided opportunity for expansion of nuclear power plants and coal power plants. With every facility that opens for operation the increase of pollution occur to the environment. Pollutants in the water and air have had a negative effect to the health of the citizens as well as the ecosystem. The research will focus on industrial pollution and its effects to the water supply, in turn its effects on public health and the environment. The population growth and demand throughout the industrialized and developed world, has provided a pass to industries over the years to operate without oversight. Prior to the societal and governmental concern or attention, industries disposed of industrial pollutants and toxic materials into the waterways and ocean. The process manufacturing took to dispose a large amount of waste has been unconventional throughout the centuries. Manufacturing disposal is a source of water pollution and many industrial facilities waste is washed away absorbed into the water system, which in turn goes into rivers, lakes and oceans.
If we pay attention to the national occurrence we have a list of corporation that engages in environmental crimes. The top industries prosecuted by the Department of Justice are petrochemical, pharmaceutical and automobile manufacturing. (Simon 2000) Chemical manufacturing generates tons of toxic waste annually around the world, and the United States produces 60% of the waste. (Simon 2000) According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the industries in the United States generate around 7.6 billion tons of waste annually. (2012) The waste produced does not remain in the United States, the large chemical firms and agricultural firm ship 90% of the waste to peripheral nations with lax environmental policies and low cost to build waste facilities. (Simon 2000) Developing nations that have accepted the waste are experiencing environmental and health risk. Waste sent to developing nations is accepted by government officials for large multi-million dollar deals. However, the citizens and environment are exposed to the waste, in a research by David Simon published in American Behavioral Scientist notes some of the crimes, “…South Carolina metal smelting firms contracted with a waste disposal firm to send contaminated life-threating leave of cadmium and lead to Bangladesh. Once in the country, the waste was used to make fertilizer used by Bangladeshi farmers.” (2000) The list goes on to point out core nations abuse of waste disposal into peripheral nation, such as, Italy disposing 6,400 tons of radioactive...

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