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Report lists Mississippi as nation's second-most polluted river

Friday, March 23, 2012 | 10:06 a.m. CDT

ST. LOUIS — A new report released by the group Environment Missouri says the Mississippi River is the nation's second-most toxic river.

KSDK-TV reported that data released Thursday by the environmental advocacy agency shows that 12 million pounds of toxins were dumped into the Mississippi in 2010. The only waterway more toxic is the Ohio River.

Environment Missouri is calling for pollution prevention measures and stricter law enforcement to protect the rivers.


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Richard Saunders March 23, 2012 | 11:40 a.m.

Stricter law enforcement? It's agencies like the EPA that make polluting legal by relying on the mythical 'greater good' argument.

If courts allowed harmed persons the ability to sue and seek compensation for damages, there would not even be public pollution, as the offenders would've been bankrupted by their offensive acts towards others long ago (or they would alter their business to prevent further harm/loss of revenue).

As it stands now though, individuals have no standing to argue claims if the polluter can show they are "within legal limits" regardless of the harm done to anyone.

The problem is not enough laws, or not enough enforcement, but the opposite, as the laws serve to protect criminals from what used to be an open and shut case.

Simply put, private property laws already cover everything needed, including direct harm to people (since the most basic property right is that of owning your own life).

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