Restored, Renewable, Recreational, and Residential Toxic Trash Dumps

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This documentary, in the form of a satellite map, examines our reuse of our landfills and trash dumps, as though the long-term toxicity they represent is suddenly no longer of anyone’s concern. The intent of this map is to show how we converted these deadly but necessary facilities into restored natural habitats or renewable energy resources, or worse a recreational facility, a shopping center, or a residential complex where we continue to place ourselves and our children at risk. Yet, our health only becomes a concern when the toxicity of these facilities affects us personally. Especially when the toxicity of these facilities usually spreads miles from the affected area before the facility is closed, restored or reapplied. But even then they are still a risk. These examples are the perverse results of the unintended consequences of our miss guided, but well-intentioned pragmatic thinking. Many of these landfills originally were established in unpopulated rural areas before communities developed around them or on them. Few people ever consider what is in the ground when they move or buy a house. Residential applications like the Altgeld Gardens subdivision landfill and the Adlai Stevenson High School landfill are perfect examples.

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