When does a “wrong thing” become a “WRONG THING” such that it grabs our attention and demands action? Maybe it’s when it gathers so much momentum that willful ignorance is no longer an option. One such situation is unfolding in Western New York. In the North Tonawanda-Wheatfield area, just outside of Niagara Falls, there’s a twenty-five acre landfill full of toxic 1960s-era chemical waste. Some of the contaminants include heavy metals, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, polych
I wish I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard someone say “I can only imagine what’s buried in THAT landfill,” or “I wonder what poisons are flowing through THAT creek.” Or, worse, “we’re probably living on top of a dump and don’t even know it.” I’d be a rich woman. So, instead of nodding my head in agreement about the unknowables, I’ve adopted another response: Let’s find out. Let’s stop wondering. Let’s start researching. Some of the answers we seek are readily available.
Have you ever wondered what’s buried in the ground near your house? What toxins are polluting the air in your neighborhood? What’s flowing through the water in the creek outside? Maybe you’ve questioned whether a toxic landfill is artfully hidden in the open, grassy area near your workplace. Wonder no more. New and old online sources of information hold some of the answers you need. It just proves that sometimes technology really can be … healthy. I’ve written before about wa
Your responses to the first two posts continue to pour in. Bring ‘em on. I want to hear from you, but, more importantly, others need to hear from you, too. I’m not exactly sure what form that should take, but I welcome your suggestions. I’ve already contacted one health agency, and, despite a few obstacles, I’m in the process of providing some follow-up information to it. If you’ve observed unusual levels of illness in your neighborhood or your family, or if you’ve noticed so