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Re: Catching up

Well, you found out more than we knew.  Thanks for sharing your research.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Melody" <mhobertm@excite.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Friday, July 09, 2004 12:10 AM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Catching up

> Kitty: I spent a few hours last night doing just that...researching it
> and making up my own mind. Turns out there was one vermiculite mine that
> was contaminated from a secondary source a few years back and it is no
> longer allowed to have vermiculite products on the market. Other
> companies now routinely test for vermiculite-asbestos contamination as
> does the EPA and it has not been found to be a problem since then.
> So...that's a relief and I can go on using my vermiculite as much as I
> want. However, I think I will follow the EPA's recommendation to not use
> in indoors or inside a poorly vented area, to not shake the dust off
> indoors, and to wash clothing thoroughly after use...all the things I do
> anyway as this just is common sense not to use something that dusty that
> could be breathed into your lungs like that anyway. I only asked in the
> first place 'cuz I thought someone on the list might know more than I
> did...which turned out to be true, as usual. :-)
> Melody, IA (Z 5/4)
> "The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious."
> --Albert Einstein
>  --- On Thu 07/08, Kitty < kmrsy@comcast.net > wrote:
> From: Kitty [mailto: kmrsy@comcast.net]
> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> Date: Thu, 8 Jul 2004 15:10:42 -0500
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] Catching up
> Melody,<br>I think you'd probably need to research this on your own and
> decide for<br>yourself. Then you could decide whether it is no big deal,
> that you'll<br>continue to use with caution, or you'll find a substitute
> amendment. The<br>little bit I use, I use with reasonable caution. If
> you ask me "Have you<br>ever used vermiculite?" I'd reply, "Yes, but I
> didn't inhale." Yes, I<br>realize particles can still find their way in,
> but I pretty much live a<br>philosophy of not getting too worked up over
> such things while still<br>behaving reasonably sensibly. But that
> philosophy may be deemed to reckless<br>for
> others.<br><br>Kitty<br><br>----- Original Message ----- <br>From:
> "Melody" <mhobertm@excite.com><br>To: <gardenchat@hort.net><br>Sent:
> Wednesday, July 07, 2004 12:39 AM<br>Subject: Re: [CHAT] Catching
> up<br><br><br>> Kitty/anyone with info: I wasn't aware that exposure to
> asbestos was a<br>> matter of quantity...I thougth that even minute
> particles of the stuff,<br>> when inhaled into the respiratory system,
> can cause eventual problems.<br>> I'd really like to know, because I do
> use vermiculite several times a<br>> year when digging new beds...it is
> my favorite soil amendment for adding<br>> water-holding power to any
> type of soil.<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 Tue 07/06, Kitty < kmrsy@comcast.net >
> wrote:<br>> From: Kitty [mailto: kmrsy@comcast.net]<br>> To:
> gardenchat@hort.net<br>> Date: Tue, 6 Jul 2004 13:59:42 -0500<br>>
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] Catching up<br>><br>> Your puppy looks sweet
> Melody.<br>The info on vermiculite came out about<br>> a year or so ago,
> I believe. I don't<br>handle it in large enough<br>> quantities to worry
> about it myself.<br><br>Kitty<br><br>----- Original<br>> Message -----
> <br>From: "Melody" <mhobertm@excite.com><br>To:<br>>
> <gardenchat@hort.net><br>Sent: Tuesday, July 06, 2004 5:55<br>>
> AM<br>Subject: [CHAT] Catching up<br><br><br>> Wow! Only away f
> rom the<br>> computer for 2 1/2 days and came back sunday<br>> night to
> 276 messages!<br>> Took me until just now to get through it all!
> :-)<br>> Took some new<br>> pictures last night for anyone
> interested:<br>><br>><br>><br>><br>>
> http://photos.yahoo.com/mhobertm<br>><br>><br>><br>> You'll notice there
> is a new Daisy at our house, but she's not a<br>> flower<br>>
> obviously...she's a miniature Australian Shepherd that we<br>> got about
> a<br>> week ago! She's a doll!!! Only going to be about 18<br>> inches
> tall and<br>> about 35 pounds.<br>><br>><br>> In the pictures, I<br>>
> included some "before" shots from about 2 months ago<br>> so you can
> see<br>> how different parts of the garden are progressing! We've<br>>
> had some<br>> awesome rains in the past couple of weeks so everything
> is<br>> looking<br>> lush and full!<br>><br>><br>> In one of Kitty's
> posts, she mentioned<br>> vermiculite. I saw a news article<br>> last
> week that says the EPA has<br>> begun testing vermiculite and has
> found<br>> asbestos contamination at a<br>> level that worries them
> enough to recommend<br>> that people who use<br>> vermiculite in
> gardening should wear asbestos<br>> quality respirator<br>> masks when
> using it, should not shake off vermiculite<br>> dust inside<br>> the
> home from clothing, and should wash all articles of<br>> clothing<br>>
> immediately upon coming inside and taking them off, as well as<br>>
> good<br>> washing of skin that comes in contact with it. Has anyone
> else<br>><br>> heard/seen/read anything about this?<br>><br>><br>> Hope
> you all had a<br>> most enjoyable 4th of July...ours was
> spectacular!!!<br>:-)<br>><br>><br>> Melody, IA (Z 5/4)<br>><br>> "The
> most beautiful thing we can experience<br>> is the mysterious."<br>>
> --Albert Einstein<br>><br>> _______<br>><br>>
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