Sunday, December 16, 2007

Fears Over Nerve Gas Waste - Couric & Co.

I worked in the archaeology of the planning of the EPA remediation of the Marathon Battery facility in Cold Spring, NY, last used as a schoolbook repository, earlier in the production of nickel-cadmium batteries for the NIKE missiles, and the major contaminant mediated both in the workplace and in the West Point Foundry marsh part of Constitution Island across the Hudson River from the US military academy. One of the problems I saw was in the levels of "acceptable" clean-up (the EPA regulations allow a level per year into the environment, often based on adult exposure levels) between the Federal and State governments. At one point, it was go ahead and we'll clean it again after you're done, said the State of New York as biological experiments redefined the "acceptable" amounts that produce toxic effects, in that case to lower acceptable parts-per-billion.

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