To the Journal editor:
If we'd only knew then what we know now. Often this is said in retrospect of a disaster following warnings of consequences. This is not to say, anyone need be immobilized from action.
For every action there is a reaction and when an action is coordinated by more than one party what follows is more complex and when there is a problem the responsibility for the resolution of it is even more so.
In the United States alone, we have Superfund sites most of them not remedied since the 1980s. It is not because anyone in hindsight doesn't care.
Millions of dollars have been spent to remedy affected areas, to naught, leaving me to conclude Superfund Sites are not fixable, no mater how many (tax) dollars, science and effort are put into them.
The underemployment, deficit in our economy and environmental lose is a severe cost. We have only to view this past years events and activities taking place now the leave communities with health problems on every level.
This is daunting even in natural disasters. If only their elected and appointed officials had known what they/(we all) know now of the totality of their agreements that accepted the promises of others. What will we leave our grandchildren?