Watchtower Dumps Chemical Waste in Shawangunk

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  • villagegirl

    Revelation 11:18 that "God will destroy those who
    destroy the earth."

    Do you believe that polluters will literally be destroyed ?

    I hope so.

    wait for it ......

    Chemical Waste At Watchtower Farms
    DEC Investigates Contamination

    By Chris Rowley

    SHAWANGUNK – The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

    is investigating the Watchtower Farms property owned and operated

    by Jehovah's Witnesses on around Red Mills Road in the Town of Shawangunk,

    seeking evidence of contamination from chemical wastes.

    Recently, the DEC announced that there are "three areas of concern" at the property.

    These were identified, during previous investigations conducted between 2006 and 2009, as areas including

    1) a place between two large residential buildings where chemical wastes were found;

    2) a building where wastes were repackaged;

    3) a field behind the sawmill, to the north of the main printing plant.

    The former Goebel property, first homesteaded in the 17th century, was purchased by the Watchtower,

    the organization of Jehovah's Witnesses, in 1963, then greatly expanded in the 1970s.

    The organization's headquarters were then in Brooklyn, but in 2004, Watchtower shifted all its "printer" business to its upstate locations.

    To date, the facility claims to have printed 3 million Bibles, 18 million magazines, 27 million books, and 236 million tracts, in addition to works in Braille and the reproduction of works on video and DVD. Jehovah's Witnesses are described as a "Restorationist" or "primitivist" variety of Christianity. They reject the Trinity concept and do not celebrate Christmas or Easter. "In 2006 or 7, DEC asked us to look into those areas where the contamination has been found," said Troy Snyder, Facility Manager at the Red Mill Road Watchtower Printery, in reaction to news of the new DEC investigation. "We didn't begin printing here until the mid-70s. Before that everything was printed in Brooklyn. The chemical waste was put in decades ago, late sixties, early seventies. The chemicals point to the printing industry, and most likely it is from our facility." It has been reported that the chemical waste now under investigation was in fifty-five gallon drums that were found during the digging of a foundation for a new residential building. Such waste can contain heavy metals, especially lead, as well as benzene and other chemicals that are known carcinogens.
    A DEC spokesperson said, "The investigation began in 2006. We are pretty sure this is historical waste that came from Brooklyn, back before regulations were put in place. It is primarily related to wastes associated with printing operations, such as inks and solvents."

  • Julia Orwell
    Julia Orwell

    They changed the 'understanding' of Rev 11:18 recently to mean, not polluters per se, but just anyone who is a sinner, ie not a JW. They cross referenced with Genesis where it tells in the story of Noah that 'the earth came to be ruined in the sight of God' because of the violence and sin.

    Now I know why they changed it...

  • sarahsmile

    That is a good article you found.

    I bet they never talk about how they stored chemicals in the Awake or WT. They just are so irresponsible.

  • Billy the Ex-Bethelite
    Billy the Ex-Bethelite

    Watchtower has been dumping spiritual waste on entire nations during the course of the last 135 years.

  • cedars

    My article on this for anyone interested...


  • smiddy

    LOL Billy


  • Bobcat


    They changed the 'understanding' of Rev 11:18

    Do you happen to know the WT pub reference to this?

    I came across this point years ago in a non-WT reference to Revelation. Rev 11:18 ('ruining the earth') is an allusion to Gen 6:11. Modern pollution, while it could be related to man's fallen morals, is not specifically what Rev 11:18 is referring to. But the fact of modern pollution made it easy for the Society to borrow Revelation 11:18 as a quick 'see-it's-happening-just-like-the-Bible-said' kind of point.

    That would be funny if their own pollution was behind a 'change of understanding' on their part.

    Take Care

  • Sammy Jenkis
    Sammy Jenkis

    Revelation 11:18 doesn't apply to the WT because well it just doesn't. Actually anything in the bible that might actually show that WT is wrong doesn't apply, they have a get-out-of-jail-free-whenever card directly from the man upstairs. Psych (sike)!

  • Nosferatu

    I'll bet they find Rutherford's body in one of those drums

  • Splash

    Recent Rev 11:18 reference:

    *** w12 1/1 p. 17 Does the Bible Foretell the Future? ***

    Bible prophecies describe in detail the concluding period of the present system of things. The Bible revealed that in contrast with what might be expected in an age of progress, people would be ruining the earth.

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