Clean Water, Dirty Air

(Monroe, MI) There is a certain irony in this image, which was taken while traveling northbound on I-75 in southeastern Michigan. In the foreground is the Monroe Wastewater Treatment Plant, which ostensibly serves to mitigate the effects of human habitation on the environment.

In the background are smokestacks of the coal-powered Edison generating plant, long a contributor to local pollution (though admittedly scrubbers were added in the last few years to reduce sulphur-based emissions).

Perhaps one day there will be special lines of urban clothing to compensate for the toxins we regularly ingest. I am thinking, though, that such outfits would have more in common with biohazard suits than with the baggy pants so beloved by today's trendy fashionistas.


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