Two things caught my attention strongly this week.
First, from the U.S. National Library of Medicine came the results of a study done on the incidences of Autism in proximity to point sources of environmental Mercury release.
An investigation on the release of mercury in the environment by the Environmental Protection Agency and autism count data collected by the Texas Educational Agency between 1998 and 2002 found that for every 1000 pounds of industrial release, there was a corresponding 2.6% increase in autism rates and a 3.7% increase associated with power plant emissions.
These findings are so significant that they have warranted further investigation.
In researching this more, I found a very enlightening section in the Dallas Morning News regarding industrial sites abutting residential neighborhoods.
Dallas county, alone, has 900 sites that house industrial chemicals.
Poor city planning and haphazard zoning has put industrial areas in close proximity to many residential areas, businesses, and even schools.
I highly recommend you read the entire incredibly interesting investigative report.
As someone who is increasingly interested in finding better, safer ways for the industrialization of our country, I found these stories to be very insightful!