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Re: Bentonite Contamination
God, these companies have a lot of nerve.
Baghouse contents are allowed to be MIXED
with bottom ash and ESP ash and sent to
an ordinary landfill. But PIG FEED? That has
got to take the cake. No wonder the U.S.
population is at the "dioxin limit"!!!
These guys are really CRAZY...
there seems to be a certain kind of bonehead
"intelligence": turning hazardous waste and
high-heavy-metal municipal sludge into
"fertiziler", feeding dioxin-laced baghouse
waste to pigs, using uranium for bullets...
there's a kind of "I don't care what the
consequences are, we're all going to die
soon anyway" or "I don't want to
know the consequences" mentality
about all of this.
Regarding the bentonite: the feed company claims that
it was all clean bentonite straight from a mine, not
re-used bentonite. If any of it was from a baghouse,
that would explain the presence of dioxins, but
NOT the large TCDD component of the collection
of dioxins and furans...
From: Rebecca Leighton Katers <email@example.com>
To: Multiple recipients of list <firstname.lastname@example.org
Dat e: Friday, August 01, 1997 4:55 PM
Subject: Bentonite Contamination
I just spoke with an engineer who told me that a
relatively new technique injects bentonite mixed
with activiated charcoal into industrial boilers
to absorb potential air pollutants in municipal
and other waste incinerators.
The contaminated bentonite and charcoal is then
collected in the baghouse or other particle
collector used for air pollution control.
Is it possible that this bentonite found its way
into the animal feed, carrying dioxin with it?
This same engineer said he talked recently
with an (unnamed) company, and was surprised when he
about the hazardous waste disposal requirements
for the baghouse contents.
The company replied that there were no disposal
requirements --- they used it for pig feed.
How are baghouse wastes tracked?
Rebecca Leighton Katers
Clean Water Action Council of N.E. Wisconsin
2220 Deckner Avenue
Green Bay, WI 54302