Another EPA disaster, this time in rural Georgia

Still reeling from a disaster it created at a Colorado gold mine, the EPA has so far avoided criticism for a similar toxic waste spill in Georgia.

In Greensboro, EPA-funded contractors grading a toxic 19th-century cotton mill site struck a water main, sending the deadly sediment into a nearby creek. Though that accident took place five months ago, the hazard continues as heavy storms — one hit the area Tuesday — wash more soil into the creek.

The sediment flows carry dangerous mercury, lead, arsenic and chromium downstream to Lake Oconee and then to the Oconee River — home to many federally and state protected species. Continue reading

‘700 tonnes’ of sodium cyanide reportedly in warehouse during deadly Tianjin blasts

 70 times the normal amount of cyanide is needed for what, exactly?

 

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An aerial view of the crater after Wednesday’s blasts. Photo: EPA

 

Chinese officials investigate claims of sodium cyanide 70 times more than the permitted amount stored at Ruihai site

A large discrepancy over the precise quantity of hazardous chemicals being stored at a warehouse in the port area of Tianjin at the time of Wednesday night’s two deadly blasts is just one of the many unanswered questions surrounding the tragedy, which has claimed at least 85 lives.

Southern Metropolis News has reported that 700 tonnes of sodium cyanide – a highly toxic substance that can kill rapidly if inhaled – were being stored the warehouse owned by Ruihai International Logistics, according to a claim by the owner of a Hebei chemical company that owned the substance – 70 times the permitted amount.

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