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Exposed On the Radio

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Author: the Inkslinger

Last month’s issue of the Non-Toxic Times reviewed the new book from investigative journalist Mark Shapiro, Exposed: The Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Products and What's at Stake for American Power. This is an important work not because it outlines the many ways Americans are being harmed by toxic products and the laissez-faire regulatory climate that places corporate protectionism ahead of consumer protections but becauase it addresses what this means for our economic future and American influence in the world.

Shapiro argues that in a world trending toward green, strong regulations based on the Precautionary Principle will serve a country well both ecologically and economically (as in Europe) and that those nations that don’t follow this path (as ours is currently refusing to do) won’t be able to compete in a global marketplace with higher environmental standards and so are destined to lose out in a big way. Excellent thesis and I totally agree. Ironically, in the long run, all these corporations that say regulations harm business and the economy are just shooting both in the foot.

All of which is a somewhat roundabout way of mentioning that Shapiro was on California’s KQED radio last week. The program is archived here for your auditory illumination . It’s very much worth listening to and the book is one everyone should read. Especially all these recalcitrant business types…

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Just Say Bisphe-No…

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Author: the Inkslinger

I’m staying on the anti-bisphenol-A bandwagon for at least one more post here. There are a lot of people jumping on, and it’s nice to finally have some company. Tons of stuff coming over the wires about this chemical. Last Thursday, a group of several dozen scientists issued a statement saying bisphenol-A was causing serious health problems in people.

And this week, a federally annointed panel of experts is supposed to be releasing their own verdict on the chemical (given all the political manipulation of science in the White House these days, however, I’d take this report with a big grain of salt. Or aspirin…).

The flurry of activity is focusing a surprising amount of media attention on this fairly obscure but-maybe-hopefully-not-for-much-longer toxin. If I haven’t thrown up enough links here for you, our pals at Grist have been all over this one lately and have even more.

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Bisphenol-Freakin’ A

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Author: the Inkslinger

ScienceMan sent me a great article this morning on bisphenol-A. As he said in his e-mail, “It confirms our worst fears about the chemical, the chemical industry, and our regulatory system.”

Now right away I know what everyone’s thinking… “Bisphenol what? Oh good lord… Spare me. I can’t even pronounce it let alone summon the necessary gumption to read an entire article about all this crap. Please just shoot me first.”

I dig the sentiment. It’s quite legit. Diving into this stuff will harsh your mellow, kill your buzz, rain on your parade, and wilt your will to live like it was a plucked flower in a pizza oven.

But here’s the thing: Everybody’s gotta start keying into this whole chemical contamination thing. Because it’s really right up there with the climate crisis in terms of the things we gotta fix yesterday if not sooner. People have to understand that what you can’t see can hurt you and it’s everywhere these days. In our food. In our water. In our soil. In ourselves. And it’s literally killing us softly with its discordant song.

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Breathe Easy, Vermont! Internatl. Paper Tires Of Burning

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Author: the Inkslinger

Well, bless our breathing lungs… International Paper announced yesterday it is not only canceling the test burn of tire chips in its Ticonderoga, NY plant, it’s abandoning the idea altogether. No test. No tires. No pollution. No lung damage. Not now. Not ever.

Turns out they couldn’t burn anywhere near the amount of tire chips they wanted to without exceeding the pollution limits specified in their permit. They were hoping to send 3 tons of tires per hour up in really ugly smoke. But in burning even just a measly ¼ ton they started bumping up against their own safety threshold.

This is total vindication of the point of view that said that without pollution controls this is one really bad idea. And copious thanks are due to everyone who wrote, called, cajoled, begged, pleaded, urged, demanded, implored, and otherwise beseeched International Paper to knock it off and stop being so self-centered. Whether you’re from around here or not, we who are and would have been breathing this junk appreciate the help. Big time. Everybody enjoy a clean lungful of fresh air on me.

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The Fix Is In: Tire Burn Fires Up, Fouls Air

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Author: the Inkslinger

So they’re burning tires now at the International Paper plant across the lake. Giant piles of petrochemical compounds going up in toxic smoke that’s going up into our air. Lovely. I’m sure we’re all very excited about the prospect of reduced lung functioning. Let’s all put on haz-mat suits and grill up some particulate-coated veggie burgers to celebrate.

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Oops... Tire Burn Rally Wrongly Reported

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Author: the Inkslinger

Here's a photo from Saturday's anti-Tire Burn Rally on the Green in Middlebury, Vermont:

What's wrong with this picture? Well, there's no rally in it for one thing. And why might this be, the inquiring protagonist asks? Because the local media report on the rally from which yours truly drew last weeks post got the date wrong and I never verified this important bit of inadvertant misinformation, that's why. My mistake and my humble apologies to anyone who actually turned out for the invisible event this past Saturday. To quote Getrude Stein, there was no there there. On the plus side, however, it was a nice day to suddenly find oneself with nothing to do and the coffee in Carol's Hungry Mind Cafe was quite good.

The actual real correct now-properly-verified date for the tire burn rally is this Saturday the 28th from noon to 3:00 on the Middlebury town green. Really. I swear. If there's no rally on the green this Saturday, International Paper can burn my collection of Neko Case CDs for power...

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Burning Yearning: Vermonters to Rally Against Int. Paper Tire Burn

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Author: the Inkslinger

The International Paper Company’s plan to conduct a test tire burn in the boiler of its Ticonderoga, NY plant continues to lumber toward its scheduled November 6th start date. We Vermonters have just a few weeks left to preserve our inalienable commonwealth rights to clean air.

The good news is that People for Less Pollution is holding a massive rally on the town green in Middlebury, Vermont this Saturday the 21st from Noon to 3:00pm.

If you’re anywhere within breathing distance, please come out and show your support for a healthy atmosphere. A big crowd will send a big message to the would-be polluters at International Paper. There will be food, live music, theater from Bread and Puppet, appearances by Bill McKibben, Senator Jim Jeffords, and others, and a lot more. (Who says you can have fun saving the world?).

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Tire Burn Heats Up

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Author: the Inkslinger

For those following the twisted saga of our local International Paper Company plant’s intention to burn tires and sewage sludge in its boiler to save a few bucks on their monthly fuel bill, here’s an update from downwind of the Big Ugly:

Plant officials have announced their intention to conduct their initial test burn sometime in early November. They have to give New York State authorities 30 days notice, and that notice is expected any day now.

To reiterate, as the people living directly in the prevailing atmospheric path of the anticipated pollutant plume (I dare you to say that 10 times fast), we really don’t need to need to breath the airborne garbage the tire burn will produce. And produce it will because International Paper is refusing to install modern pollution control technologies on their smokestack. Even without the tire burn, the facility already produces more than twice as much toxic pollution as all the other polluting facilities in Vermont combined. Cough. Hack. Wheeze.

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Seventh Takes to the Air to Keep It Clean

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Author: the Inkslinger

The battle to prevent International Paper from unnecessarily dirtying Vermont's air and irresponsibly poisoning her citizens continues.

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Following the Paper Trail (Tire Burn Update)

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Author: the Inkslinger

Last week’s deadline for the EPA to object to the proposed International Paper Company test burn of tires and sewage sludge in the boiler at their Ticonderoga, NY plant passed without any comment from the EPA. This lack of objection means that International Paper is now free to conduct the test burn, which will send all kinds of big time nasty pollutants (fine particulates, dioxin, mercury, hexavalent chromium, cadmium, and benzene to name a few) into Vermont’s air simply because the company refuses to spend a few bucks to install up-to-date pollution prevention equipment on its smokestack.

Now that the last hurdle has been jumped, the company is proceeding with the test burn. Though it needs a couple of weeks to prepare for the burn, the fuse has been lit.

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