May 01, 2008


If there's no cheese and no onions, then what's supposed to go in the eggs?

At least I don't live in Iraq, or apparently now Afghanistan, where I might have to worry that there was uranium contamination in the environment where my food was grown. Definitely, I have a better problem.

Oh, wait.

In Denver, a professor was fighting plans to send wastewater from a Superfund site through sewage treatment and apply the sludge as Metroglo fertilizer on a fifty-two-thousand-acre, government-owned wheat farm. The Superfund site contained industrial solvents, petroleum oils, pesticides, and radioactive materials, including plutonium, americium, radium, and strontium 90. Adrienne Anderson, professor of environmental affairs at the University of Colorado at Boulder, was the lone dissenting voice on Denver's Metro sewage agency board of directors. She called the recycling plan "a ruse to foist toxic waste onto the nation's farmlands and onto our dinner plates."

In Gore, Oklahoma, a uranium-processing plant was disposing of low-level radioactive waste by spraying it on company-owned grazing land. They used ordinary farm sprinklers to spread it. Three and a half years after the shutdown of the Sequoyah Fuels Uranium Processing ficility, workers were still sprinkling wastewater from a holding pond, diluted by rain, at the rate of ten million gallons a year. John Ellis, Sequoyah Fuels president, told me the company sprayed the liquid on seventy-five acres of Bermuda grass. Hundreds of cattle grazed there. The liquid was called raffinate and was registered as a fertilizer with the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, though the chief fertilizer regulator told me she was not aware of this. Other officials had approved the fertilizer plan in 1986. Raffinate, the main waste from a solvent used to extract uranium for nuclear-plant fuel, is slightly radioactive and contains eighteen heavy metals. ...

- Duff Wilson, Fateful Harvest, 2001.

Fateful Harvest described how heavy industry saves costs on the disposal of toxic materials by repackaging them as fertilizers that can then be spread legally on crop land and home gardens. Mine tailings, coal ash, all these and then some can be sources for fertilizers that don't have to be disclosed, and whose toxic elements can be considered "inactive ingredients" that don't have to be listed.

And I guess my point is, don't think it's just the little people 'over there' that government and industry don't give a **** about. They don't give a **** about you either. They want you to go to work, watch television, buy an identity for yourself among the mass-produced goods that they've marketed to your demographic, and shut the **** up.

Especially, they want you to stfu.

Posted by natasha at May 1, 2008 10:04 AM | Random Mumblings | Technorati links |

I've worked in the government that regulated such activities and I have to point out that the Civil Service group would try as best they could to stop such nonsense. It isn't the scientists, managers, or officers that push this crap, it's the political appointees.

Posted by: Mold at May 1, 2008 04:16 PM


Posted by: ccoaler at May 2, 2008 10:05 PM