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On Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 6:30 pm a Community Meeting was held in Hattiesburg, MS at St. James Church on Country Club Road. The meeting concerned the offsite sampling of possilbe contamination from the Hercules Plant.
The Three Chemicals of Concern are: Carbon Tetrachloride, Chloroform and Delnav.
The Federal Agency of ATSDR (Agency of Toxic Substances and Disease Registry) have compiled the following information:
Public Health Statement for Carbon Tetrachloride
Public Health Statement for Chloroform
Synonyms & Trade Names Delnav®; p-Dioxane-2,3-diyl ethyl phosphorodithioate; Dioxane phosphate; 2,3-p-Dioxanethiol-S,S-bis(O,O-diethyl phosphoro-dithioate); Navadel®
CAS No. 78-34-2 RTECS No. TE3350000 DOT ID & Guide
FormulaC4H6O2[SPS(OC2H5)2]2 Conversion IDLH N.D.
NIOSH REL: TWA 0.2 mg/m3 [skin]
Physical Description Viscous, brown, tan, or dark-amber liquid. [insecticide] [Note: Technical product is a mixture of cis- & trans-isomers.]
MW: 456.6 BP: ? FRZ: -4°F Sol: Insoluble VP: ? IP: ?
Sp.Gr(79°F): 1.26 Fl.P: NA UEL: NA LEL: NA
Incompatibilities & Reactivities Alkalis, iron or tin surfaces, heat
Exposure Routes inhalation, skin absorption, ingestion, skin and/or eye contact
Symptoms irritation eyes, skin; headache, dizziness, lassitude (weakness, exhaustion); rhinorrhea (discharge of thin nasal mucus), chest tightness; miosis; nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, salivation; muscle fasciculation; confusion, drowsiness
Target Organs Eyes, skin, respiratory system, central nervous system, cardiovascular system, blood cholinesterase
Personal Protection/Sanitation (See protection codes)
Skin: Prevent skin contact
Eyes: Prevent eye contact
Wash skin: When contaminated
Remove: When wet or contaminated
Change: No recommendation
Provide: Eyewash, Quick drench First Aid (See procedures)
Eye: Irrigate immediately
Skin: Soap flush immediately
Breathing: Respiratory support
Swallow: Medical attention immediately
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|Posted by COCEJ on October 30, 2010 at 9:15 PM||comments (0)|
To my great surprise, Acting Assistant Inspector General with the EPA Office of Investigations visited Mississippi. AAIG McElrath came in response to a letter that I wrote strongly disagreeing with the Region 4 OIG's report of no wrong doings in Mississippi as it involved the EPA or MDEQ.
AAIG McElrath came personally to offer his resources and assistance in reaching the proper people in our struggle for Environmental Civil Rights. Exactly what AAIG McElrath does can be found by viewing www.epa.gov/oig. FWA aka Fraud, Waste and Abuse by EPA is his scope of services.
I believe that AAIG McElrath can be helpful in providing transparent government. Any complaint he receives is tracked by his office with follow-up by his office in a timely manner.
Hope is such a dangerous feeling yet, I hope... I hope that good things will come of this meeting.
|Posted by COCEJ on September 11, 2010 at 7:16 PM||comments (0)|
text size A A A Heard on All Things Considered
September 10, 2010 - ROBERT SIEGEL, host:
From NPR News, it's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.
MELISSA BLOCK, host:
And I'm Melissa Block.
Scientists on a research vessel in the Gulf of Mexico are discovering a substantial layer of oily sediment stretching for dozens of miles in all directions.
Their discovery suggests that a lot of oil from the ruptured BP well didn't simply evaporate or dissipate into the water, it settled to the sea floor, as NPR's Richard Harris reports.
RICHARD HARRIS: The Research Vessel Oceanus is on a quest to answer one of the biggest remaining questions about the BP oil-well blowout: What happened to the more than four million barrels of oil that gushed into the water?
Onboard, Professor Samantha Joye from the University of Georgia says she suddenly has a pretty good idea about where a lot of it ended up: It's showing up in samples of the sea floor, between the well site and the coast.
Ms. SAMANTHA JOYE (Professor, University of Georgia): I've collected literally hundreds of sediment cores from the Gulf of Mexico, including around this area. And I have never seen anything like this.
HARRIS: Speaking via satellite phone, Joye describes seeing layers of oily material, in some places more than two inches thick, covering the bottom of the sea floor.
Ms. JOYE: It's very fluffy and porous. And there are little tar balls in there that you can see that look like little microscopic cauliflower heads.
HARRIS: And it's very clearly a fresh layer. Right below it, she finds much more typical seafloor mud. And in that layer, she finds recently dead shrimp, worms and other invertebrates.
How did the oily sediment get there? Joye says it's possible that chemical dispersants might have sunk some oil. It's also likely that natural systems are playing an important role.
Ms. JOYE: The organisms that break down oil excrete mucus, copious amounts of mucus. So it's kind of like a slime highway from the surface to the bottom because eventually the slime gets heavy, and it sinks.
HARRIS: That sticky material can pick up oil particles as it sinks. Joye can't say with 100 percent certainty right now that the oily layer is from the BP blowout.
Ms. JOYE: We have to fingerprint it and link it to the Deepwater Horizon. But the sheer coverage here is leading us all to come to the conclusion that it has to be sedimented oil from the oil spill because it's all over the place.
HARRIS: So far, the research vessel has traveled in a large X across the gulf, within a few dozen miles of the well. They've taken eight sets of samples. And Joye says they all contain this layer, thin in some places, inches thick in others.
Eventually, scientists hope to collect enough samples to figure out how much oil is now settling to the seafloor.
Ms. JOYE: It's starting to sound like a tremendous amount of oil. And so we haven't even sampled close into the wellhead yet. That's on tomorrow's agenda.
HARRIS: Last month, another research group also reported finding oil on the sea floor. Researchers at the University of South Florida say they saw oil particles sprinkled on top of the mud.
These new findings strongly suggest that it didn't just drizzle oil. In some places, it was a blizzard.
David Hollander, from the University of South Florida, says the government's original attempt to figure out what happened to the oil toted up how much washed ashore, how much evaporated, how much might have stayed under the waves, but it didn't consider that oil could also end up on the seafloor.
Mr. DAVID HOLLANDER (University of South Florida): And so now the bottom really is turning out to be an important sink for the oil.
HARRIS: The ecological impacts of that depend on the depth of the ocean where it lies. Joye's findings so far have found oil in depths ranging from 300 to 4,000 feet. Hollander says those shallower waters in particular are potentially important, not just for life on the bottom, but for the entire marine ecosystem.
Mr. HOLLANDER: A lot of fish go down to the bottom and eat, and then come back up. And if all their food sources are derived from the bottom, then indeed you could have this impact.
HARRIS: Figuring all that out will probably take many years.
Richard Harris, NPR News.
|Posted by COCEJ on September 7, 2010 at 3:32 PM||comments (0)|
Columbus has been referred from RCRA to CERCLA- Superfund. The clock is ticking because we have two familes in harm's way. One family has been told to stay inside and keep your children inside. Our question is how long? What will be the physical and mental health effects on the children in the household?
|Posted by COCEJ on August 3, 2010 at 3:00 PM||comments (0)|
I recently watched a CNN Documentary on Toxic Towns. The documentary showcased Mossville, LA which is in Cancer Alley in Louisiana. This small town is the locations of over 14 chemical plants. The residents of the community are dying of Cancer. ATSDR came to town and tested the residents and found that Dioxins wer 3x the national levels. That was the conclusion. Wilma Subra tested and fingerprinted the Dioxins and found that the Dioxins in the people matched the Dioxins emmitted by the plants. The representative of the plants said the report was not peer reviewed. Dr. Gupta had a respected Doctor review the document. The data was solid. Still no action. An LDEQ official came out of their nice offices to Deny Ms Subra and a Mossville Resident and Activist entry into a meeting.
LDEQ receives funding from Federal Sources. LDEQ receives funding from the State of Lousiana. However it appears that LDEQ works for Industry and Not the people. I wonder if Ms. Subra and people from Mossville ever obtained a meeting with LDEQ?
|Posted by COCEJ on July 15, 2010 at 8:34 PM||comments (0)|
Environmental Justice or Simply Justice
The communities of Crystal Springs, Columbus, Hattiesburg and now Grenada are in desperate need of people willing to become insistent for the civil rights of poor people. These people are marginalized until election time. The cause is not sexy. The impact may be visible but our government tells us it's not quantifiable.
Now: Environmental Contamination is killing poor people. It's an open dirty secret. ATSDR the agency arm of the CDC which is supposed to prevent this informs the people: "We can find nothing wrong." Shades of Katrina Formaldehyde “are evident in these communities as our governmental agencies treat these communities like mushrooms. EPA is saying:" We don't have enough money to pay attention to your problem." A new office was formed in EPA the National Environmental Justice Program, it sounds good but it's not authorized to do anything. Meanwhile babies are dying in Mississippi, now it's not a real problem as I was told that our babies are expected to die.
The phrase we are looking for is, “That is not acceptable."
What we want as a Coalition of Communities is "open" and "transparent" Government.
We want our dirty environment cleaned up so that our sons and daughters don't die needless deaths.
We simply want EPA and ATSDR to perform their mission.
We don't need EPA and ATSDR to send the token people into our communities for our comfort. We need EPA and ATSDR to send the scientists for our lives.
If the levels you believed were OK and babies are still dying, perhaps, just perhaps you’re "safe" levels need adjusting.