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February 20, 1967

Water Pollution a la Mode

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Bloomington, Hawaii

JAMA. 1967;199(8):588. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120080122030

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To the Editor:—  Newspapers have reported thousands of dollars in $20, $50, and $100 bills in the Washington, DC, sewer system. The Treasury's Secret Service said the money did not come from a bank robbery, and appeared uncertain of how it reached the sewers. Apparently it just flowed in with the sewage.This interesting type of water pollution brought immediate whirlwind attack from federal forces. Would similar types of water or air pollution bring equally vigorous response?Within current campaigns to make the air of our cities pure, peppermint-flavored exhausts for passenger cars and wintergreen for diesels would alert people to the dangers more effectively than chemical analysis of the noxious fumes. Color-coded smokestacks would announce their dangers, and all manner of rainbow colors in polluted waters would warn the unwary. A lesson may have been intended by those fellows who cut up the money and tossed it into the