Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell. Edward Abbey

19 August 2009

Toxic "super dump" near Vaal gets the nod

The Weekender reports that govt has given the go ahead for the building of a slime dam near the banks of the Vaal River and adjacent to a nature conservancy. This despite vehement resistance from local communities and environmental activists.

"First Uranium subsidiary Mine Waste Solutions , which will build the mega tailings storage facility, is already clearing the ground and erecting pipes, says Mariette Liefferink, CEO of the Federation for a Sustainable Environment."

According to Liefferink, the proposed super dump will further compromise the already compromised Vaal barrage catchment area, particularly with regards to salts from heavy metals, including radioactive uranium. Read the article by Sarah Hudleston here ...

This article reminds me of the 20 Premises in the book Endgame by Derrick Jensen. For example:

Premise Nineteen: The culture’s problem lies above all in the belief that controlling and abusing the natural world is justifiable.

Premise Two: Traditional communities do not often voluntarily give up or sell the resources on which their communities are based until their communities have been destroyed. They also do not willingly allow their landbases to be damaged so that other resources—gold, oil, and so on—can be extracted. It follows that those who want the resources will do what they can to destroy traditional communities.

View all 20 Premises here ...

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