Drink up, it's good for you!

  Dear HCN,

As I read the latest issue (HCN, 9/02/02: EPA puts cleanup in local hands), I was fascinated by the article relating the drinking of untreated lake water by Christine Whitman and others. I was struck not only by the ignorance of doing such a thing, but by the ironic similarity to an incident in Edward Abbey's fictional book Hayduke Lives. The scene in the book has Utah Gov. Bishop Dudley Love beaming for the cameras at a press conference, extolling the virtues of uranium mining, and finally eating a chunk of radioactive carnotite while loudly proclaiming "radiation is good for you!"

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