Toxic Contamination of Water Sources Poses Long-Term Hazards to American Communities and Environment
Originally posted by The Tablet on April 12, 2023
To understand how Catholics are responding to water pollution in their communities, OSV News spoke with advocates and agencies in Philadelphia, St. Louis, and Flint, Michigan — all cities which have had or continue to experience clean water issues.
Sister of Loretto Mary Ann McGivern has studied U.S. weapons production and peace issues for decades. While serving in St. Louis, she told OSV News she was surprised to discover — from a stranger on an airplane — her adopted hometown’s historic connection to the destructive power of America’s atomic age, and the poisoning of both water and land.
In 1977 — while Sister McGivern was jetting cross-country — her seat-mate shared his destination as a lecture concerning uranium pollution and groundwater contamination. Sister McGivern mentioned a St. Louis corporation that manufactured nuclear weapons.
“He said, ‘Well, then I suppose you’ve also been working on your own nuclear contamination site,’” Sister McGivern recalled. “And I said, ‘What nuclear contamination site?’”
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