THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
From Our Readers
Issue Date: August 16, 2018
Letter to Editor:
Pollution has been a hot topic lately, particularly water pollution. We've been told of the dangers of lead being delivered to our homes by lead water pipes. Probably dangerous, but I drank water through these pipes for many years and feel no bad affects. Neither does any of my family. I understand that this contamination can affect intelligence and perhaps by the end of this note that may be proven.
We have also been warned of the possible poisoning of the Menominee as a result of the Aquila sulfide mine. This is only a warning, since predicting the future is not easy. Even our weather persons have troubles, what with all their modern powerful radars and computers still fail to predict accurately. But that doesn't mean we shouldn't pay attention to the warnings about the mine, but more conclusive evidence should be provided. Advances in all areas of technology have been made. A good example is the aircraft industry. Not too many years ago, a plane could not cross the Pacific ocean without making several stops along the way. Today, even two engine jets can make the trip nonstop. It's possible that mining technology has also improved, making it much safer.
(Please note the political correctness above as weather person is used rather than weatherman.) Most recent warnings come as a result of the PFOA's contaminating wells in parts of Marinette and Peshtigo. These contaminants were used by TYCO and many other companies for use in fire prevention, Teflon, and many other pretty helpful products.
These must be very harmful poisons since the EPA suggests a limit of 30 parts per trillion. But some of the wells have had as much as 3000 parts per trillion. If I understand this ratio, that means we must add 30 gallons of contaminant to a trillion gallons of water. It's difficult to imagine a trillion gallons of water, so let's break that down to something easier, like an Olympic swimming pool which contains 660,000 gallons, plus or minus a couple of thousand gallons. How many pools will it take to contain that much water. Well, divide, 1,000,000,000,000 by 660,000. If you did that correctly you know that takes, 1,500,000 pools. Yep, one and a half million pools. That's a lot of pools. Now we need to know how much contaminant is to be mixed into each pool. If we use the higher limit that was found: 3000 PPT, we divide 3000 by 1,500,000. Comes out to .002 gallons, or .25 oz., or about 1-1/2 teaspoons. Hard to imagine that less than two teaspoons of pollutant mixed into an Olympic pool will do much harm.
Maybe this example of the ratio of pollutant to water is not the way it works. Or maybe the math is way off.
In any case, it should be a question posed to the experts. Maybe there is reason to worry or maybe not. It would be nice to know.
Chapter 42 Disabled American Veterans would like to thank Lee's, Shopko and Jack's Fresh Market for allowing us to sell our forget-me-nots at their stores. We also thank everyone who purchased them.
Dan Milkey, Commander
Chapter 42 Disabled American Veterans
I would just like to say that all of the flowers planted around Peshtigo look really beautiful. Great job gardeners!
Letter to Editor:
We're all worried about the environment we will leave our kids and grandkids. I know that I don't want to make my kids responsible for dealing with environmental problems that my generation caused. That's why I am glad to see that air quality is getting better. The air today is cleaner than it has been for the last 25 years due a lot to the conversion to more natural gas use.
We can continue this positive trend by supporting cleaner energy sources. Natural gas, now the countries number one energy source, is contributing greatly to our cleaner air. As more natural gas has been produced and used, emissions have consequently gone down. This is no coincidence, since natural gas is one of the cleanest-burning fuels that we have.
It's clear that when you look at it, natural gas use is helping our environment. I am glad that we are making such progress so that our kids will have cleaner and healthier air when our generation is gone.