I agree with Mr. Graf. Citizens living in rural Orange County provide valuable resources for our towns and cities. Why would you ever call us "denizens?" It is time for an attitude change for the Indy if this dismissal attitude is predominant. Who do you think grows your farmer's market food, provides local foods you enjoy at restaurants? Who do you think helps pay for city/county infrastructures---schools, new libraries, or the many thousands of the good people from Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Hillsborough who use the rural roads for bike rides every day and especially on the weekend? If the citizens of Orange County are smart, they will vote for Bonnie Hauser, the "at large" County Commissioner candidate who thinks that it is time for both towns and rural citizens to share ideas on education, spending, and most importantly, on progress for everyone living in our beautiful Orange County. Together we can make a difference and change our future!
CityFox--I agree! The actions of Pope and the gov. (I don't respect him enough to use his name---because he has lied to everyone almost every time he is in front of a microphone!)--means a lack of morals for both and this also causes many of us to look at the NC Legislature and wonder about those folks too! When our government feels that all efforts should be extended to corporations and that every regulatory department should extend "special care" to these "customers" and that they should be made happy, happy, happy. To hell with what harm polluting industries does to human health, the reduced IQ of children, the damages done to future generations, and the destruction of our ecosystem! This administration is committed to only one thing: Corporate Customers and the folks who paid their way into office. The citizens of NC can go to hell in a hand basket on an airplane for all they care!
The Oak Ridge National Laboratory released a report by Alex Gabbard, "Coal Combustion: Nuclear Resource or Danger." This report was released in 1982, so remember our coal power plants were more efficient at that time, so the statistics below may (or probably will be higher).
First of all, the coal ash from coal fired power plants is radioactive waste and it is not treated as radioactive waste, and it accumulates on site or is being spread on farm fields as "soil amendments" or fertilizer to enhance the soil. Your food may be grown in radioactive enhanced soil. The sad truth of the coal power industry (to quote Tom Blees in Prescription For the Planet): "The energy content of the nuclear materials released into the environment in the course of coal combustion is greater than the energy of the coal that is being consumed. In other words, coal consumption actually wastes more energy than it produces, and contaminates the environment with radioactive materials over a hundred times more than nuclear power plants."
Now for the Oak Ridge National Lab statistics: "A typical power plant annually releases 5.2 tons of uranium (containing 74 pounds of fissile U-235, (used in both power plants and bombs) and 12.8 tons of thorium. Considering the longevity of the radioactive materials in the environment (some thru emissions-but the greater part via coal ash), the radioactive waste produces "Daughter Products" produced by the decay of the isotopes that include radium, radon, polonium, bismouth and lead.
The ORNL study looked at the cumulative releases and came up with some sobering projections. By the year 2040, power plant radioactive materials will reach the following levels in the US:
145,230 tons of uranium, and 1031 tons of U-235, and 357,491 tons of thorium.
Anybody still wonder why the US cancer rate continues to rise?
Want to know how the EPA classified sewage sludge as a pollutant in CFR 40 Part 503--the regulatory guidelines for disposal of sewage sludge? See below from the February 1993 Federal Register. Also, ask for proof of safety from any waste treatment plant, local or state government official, NCDENR, EPA or USDA. They cannot provide ANY scientific proof of safety to the environment, livestock, wildlife or human health. But your tax dollars pay for marketing, propaganda, and friendly research via the EPA and passed on through the Water Environment Research Foundation--an offshoot of the WEF, the lobbying arm of the municipal waste disposal industry.
CFR 40 Part 503 ---February 1993, EPA Regulations concerning permits and disposal of municipal sewage sludge.
Part 503.9(t) Pollutant is an organic substance, an inorganic substance, a combination of organic and inorganic substances, or a pathogenic organism that, after discharge and upon exposure, ingestion, inhalation, or assimilation into an organism either directly from the environment or indirectly by ingestion through the food chain, could, on the basis of information available to the Administrator of EPA, cause death, disease, behavioral abnormalities, cancer, genetic mutations, physiological malfunctions (including malfunction in reproduction), or physical deformations in either organisms (humans) or offspring (children) of the organisms.
If you think for one moment that the radical changes in NC are the result of politicians, think again! To further this statement, why don't you watch the documentary called "Ethos." I think you will see that our local, state and national government does the will of corporations. We the people have absolutely no power anymore--and we do not have a democracy. No longer is this a government for and by the people---it is a government operating under the industrial-military complex as predicted by President Eisenhour as he left office. We have arrived---and only WE can change our future!
If you would like more information on natural gas production and the impacts already exprienced by areas with the "fracking" method of extraction, please go to:
TEDX (The Endocrine Disruption Exchange) and Dr. Theo Colburn will send you a free DVD (47 minutes) showing impact of this process. Because of the 2005 secret energy meetings that exempt all proceses from our Clean Water Act, the Clean Drinking Water Act, the Clean Air Act, the industries are free to use as many chemicals as they wish. Studies conducted have identified up to 900 different chemicals and most of them are toxic to humans. The intent is to use surfactants to make the water injected under pressure "slick" so that fractures can more easily be made in the underground rock and subsurfaces. To see more you can go directly to www.endocrinedisruption.org
and see videos and gather further information as well as request the DVD. Don't count on the EPA stopping this method of natural gas extraction. The industry is too powerful and Halliburton (remember Dick Cheney?) has refused to cooperate with the EPA and now the EPA has had to subpoena their data (good luck!).
Current NC laws prevent "fracking"--but watch out---that may change rapidly.
The EPA confirms that eventually all landfills leak "garbage juice" or leachate into groundwater. Landfills are just another way of creating more future environmental and health problems.
If there were no alternatives, it would be different. There are viable and working alternatives to landfills. Europe, Asia, Australia, and Africa seem to be interested in turning their waste into energy and to income for the county or municipality. What is wrong with the US? Almost every country recovers the energy from garbage and sewage sludge from waste water treatment plants except us. Why? This is an ever growing, always available renewable energy resource to produce electricity and synthetic fuel (syngas) as well as some systems recover phosphorus and metals.
The usual arguments against waste to energy and toxic emissions will no longer hold water because the European Union has stricter emission standards than the US-EPA, and their recycling rate is higher than any city/area in the US.
Last week, while talking to a waste management engineer in Germany about the many small and community waste to energy facilities they have in operation--he asked me if any were underway in the good ole US of A.
I know of St. Lucie, FL, and another four under consideration. That's it. Then he asked, "Why doesn't America care about the health of its citizens?"
Good question, and one Chatham County should consider--and save the cost of 400 acres of landfill space to contaminate a beautiful section of our state. I will be glad to share 6 years of research into alternatives if anyone is interested. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org Nancy Holt
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