" Tons of household chemicals that were once stored safely in garages, bathrooms and kitchen cabinets along the Gulf Coast pose a potential environmental threat after being scattered by Hurricane Katrina and its twin Rita."
stored safely...stored safely.... let's think about this for a minute. these chemicals (like bleach, household cleaners, etc) were not stored "safely" because these products are not "safe."
bleach is not safe for the environment. paint is not safe for the environment.
the waters of new orleans are toxic waste because of the toxins we use every day to "clean" and "sanitize" the world around us.