Remember Erin Brokovich? The film made us all so angry with PG&E for allowing toxic levels of the chemical compound hexavalent chromium to invade the drinking water and affect the health of the entire town of Hinkley, California.
The sense of relief was so palpable when the suffering townsfolk received some restitution. Most of us breathed a sigh of relief and went on with our lives.
A USA Today article from last week landed in my inbox – more states (17) in the US are banning the disposal of e-waste in landfills. Today I started researching electronic waste disposal.
Did you know that cell phones, laptops and televisions in landfills leach the same chemical compound, hexavalent chromium, into groundwater? We, unaware, could be inflicting damage to the environment and our health.
Of course, the Environmental Protection Agency is aware of the levels of hexavalent chromium in the drinking water of many American cities. But it only began testing these levels in 2010! The EPA has now set a goal to reduce the percentage of the chemical compound in our water, which might have contributed to the passing of e-waste disposal laws all over the country.
As I travel across India, I realize how privileged we are. We have access to information impacting our health and environment, and the time to make wise choices about what we buy and how we dispose of things.
I resolve, and ask you to as well, not to take this freedom for granted, but to use it! Individually, we have the power to create a cleaner, healthier environment for ourselves.
Please reply and let others know if you have information on electronics recycling methods in your area today!