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RE: now chemical contaminants

I think my frustration with the EPA is just beginning...I spent an hour
on the phone yesterday with an EPA agent who is working on our spill and
it was like pulling a tiger's teeth to try to get her to commit to a
straight answer about anything. Basically looks like the EPA is planning
on "studying" this site for quite some time to come and have no
immediate plans to do anything about cleaning it up...I'm quite sure I
don't want to just wait around for the next couple of years while the
EPA analyzes things to death...anybody out there with any experience in
dealing with governmental agencies like the EPA who would be willing to
offer some advice about how to move them from a "researching the issue"
standpoint to a quick clean-up?? I'd sure appreciate any and all advice.

Melody, IA (Z 5/4)

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious."    
--Albert Einstein

 --- On Wed 08/13, Theresa- yahoo < tchessie@yahoo.com > wrote:
From: Theresa- yahoo [mailto: tchessie@yahoo.com]
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date: Wed, 13 Aug 2003 18:31:22 -0700
Subject: RE: [CHAT]  now chemical contaminants

Good grief that is scary. I also recently learned that the FDA does not
use<br>the EPA's guidelines for various substance when they determine if
foods are<br>safe to eat. So, for example, the EPA dictates a specific
level of PCBs<br>that can be in wild Salmon in order for it to be
sold/ingested. However,<br>the FDA permits levels many times higher in
farmed Salmon. Does this make<br>any sense?? Apparently the food pellets
fed to farmed salmon have a high<br>PCB level in them. Great! I can eat
wild Salmon (at least until there are<br>none anymore), but what about
the waterways the farm-raised ones are in, and<br>the poor people who
feed them (likely with bare hands) and process them.<br>EEK!<br><br>I
wonder how many other things we eat have these different
standards<br>applied?<br><br>Theresa<br><br>P.S. Aren;t perchlorates
also the stuff from drycleaning? or am I thinking<br>of something
else?<br><br>-----Original Message-----<br>From:
owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net]On<br>Behalf
Of Pamela J. Evans<br>Sent: Wednesday, August 13, 2003 3:07 PM<br>To:
gardenchat@hort.net<br>Subject: Re: [CHAT] butterflies, etc now chemical
contaminants<br><br><br>How horrible! Please be careful and keep us
posted!<br><br>---------- Original Message
----------------------------------<br>From: "Melody"
<mhobertm@excite.com><br>Reply-To: gardenchat@hort.net<br>Date: Wed, 13
Aug 2003 05:43:15 -0400 (EDT)<br><br>>Nora: I agree with you that there
are some very scary things going on<br>>out there...in the past week the
EPA disclosed in a public town meeting<br>>with our little bitty tiny
town that our groundwater supply is<br>>contaminated with perchlorates
(a by-product of rocket fuel and<br>>fertilizer production) and that it
is not safe for anyone in town to<br>>ingest it without further
testing...and since we are all on private<br>>wells or sandpoints (more
shallow form of well) as opposed to a<br>>municipal water service, this
testing could take a while. No real<br>>answers forthcoming about ini

tial source of the contamination or how<br>>soon we can proceed to just
cleaning it up (or where the funding for<br>>such an massive undertaking
is going to come from)...it's been a very<br>>frustrating
week...sigh!!<br>><br>><br>><br>>Melody, IA (Z 5/4)<br>><br>>"The most
beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious."<br>>--Albert
Einstein<br>><br>> --- On Sun 08/10, Ray & Nora Edwards <
raynora.edwards@worldnet.att.net ><br>wrote:<br>>From: Ray & Nora
Edwards [mailto: raynora.edwards@worldnet.att.net]<br>>To:
gardenchat@hort.net<br>>Date: Sun, 10 Aug 2003 11:36:54
-0700<br>>Subject: Re: [CHAT] butterflies, etc<br>><br>>I will have to
check that one out - thanks Gene. First I have to
get<br>>over<br>reading about all the chemical dumping in eastern WA.
that was<br>>supposed to<br>be good for the soil. There are some scary
things going<br>>on.<br><br>Nora<br>----- Original Message
-----<br>From: "Gene Bush"<br>><genebush@otherside.com><br>To:
<gardenchat@hort.net><br>Sent: Saturday,<br>>August 09, 2003 4:35
AM<br>Subject: Re: [CHAT] butterflies,<br>>etc<br><br><br>> If you want
to be entertained and have your blood<br>>chilled, read "Oryx and<br>>
Crake" by Margaret Atwood of The Handmaid's<br>>Tale fame. GE taken to
the<br>> future.<br>> Gene E. Bush<br>> Munchkin<br>>Nursery & Gardens,
www.munchkinnursery.com<br>><br>>genebush@munchkinnursery.com<br>> Zone
6/5 Southern Indiana<br>><br>><br>>----- Original Message -----<br>> >
Do you live near crop areas? I f so<br>>,I would put my money on
genetic<br>> > engineered crops. Things like<br>>B.T. in corn crops will
be impacting<br>> > butterflies for some time I<br>>think.<br>> > I read
a watch dog report in OG recently that referred to<br>>a report
from<br>a<br>> > former FDA official who said that they are
ill<br>>prepared to monitor<br>> > Monsanto's GE crops. Currently they
are<br>>testing plants that are<br>engineered<br>> > to produce
pharmaceuticals.<br>>Corn spliced with pig vaccine strayed
into<br>soy<br>> > bean crops<br>>meant for humans

For the lapse they were fined $250,000 then<br>> ><br>>they were given
3.5 Million interest free from the federal government<br>>.<br>>
That<br>> > should teach them! We should all be worried
about<br>>this.<br>> ><br>> >
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