Voices
September 2, 2010 Issue

LETTERS


Holt warns citizens about the dangers of local toxins

Dear Editor:

Why has beautiful Jefferson County become a toxic waste dumping site for other counties? Do you get tax advantages, or does the county receive any money for allowing Jefferson to take toxic waste from surrounding counties like Columbia and Richmond/Augusta? What benefit do you get from allowing thousands of tons of toxic waste to be dumped on land as “fertilizer” and when heavy rains come, it goes into ground water (your well water), local streams, creeks and the Ogeechee River?

I’ll tell you what you get from allowing this toxic waste dumping. Your county has one of the highest rates of (bacteria indicator) fecal coliform-- 160,000 colony forming units per 100/ml in the Ogeechee River water ever seen (the EPA safety standard is 200 colony forming units of fecal coliform per 100/ml of surface water). All the waters in your county are tested each two years and all of them are contaminated by fecal coliform and show signs of field run-off by heavy dissolved oxygen rates. The Ogeechee is also contaminated by Mercury and PCB for 98 miles.

 

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How does it make you feel to know that your county may be allowing your children or grandchildren to become less intelligent or to become victims of chemical or heavy metals poisoning, or you may be accumulating chemical and metal toxins in your own body linked scientifically to cancer, or liver and kidney disease? Are the owners of the sewage sludge dumping sites in Jefferson County willing to help you pay for medical or special needs care for ill or mentally challenged children? What do you get from all this toxic pollution?

Have you ever been told or advised not to eat or limit your consumption of fish from the Ogeechee River because the fish are contaminated by Mercury and PCB? Has anyone posted notice that 98 miles of the Ogeechee is considered impaired by the EPA and Georgia EPD? Has anyone given you a copy of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Environmental Protection Division: “A Woman’s Guide To Eating Fish and Seafood From Middle and South Georgia?”

Has anyone advised young women who want to become pregnant not to eat fresh caught bass or catfish because the Mercury and PCB levels in these fish is high and will build up in their body tissues—and stay there? These accumulated toxins may cause death of an unborn child, or if the child is born, this child may have a life that requires special care because of physical deformities, mental or neurological problems. Nursing mothers pass these toxic contaminants on to their baby. Children’s small bodies have a greater reaction to these poisons than adults because of metabolism and size and their mental and physical abilities are diminished by these contaminants.

Toxic contaminants from sewage sludge and impaired waters impact humans at low doses and often over a long period of time. Most people do not become acutely ill as if they had the flu or food poisoning. This is the silent potential killer of brain capabilities, scientifically linked causes of kidney and liver failures, increased incidents of cancer, heart and circulatory diseases which impacts Jefferson County citizens.

Humans ingest chemicals and Mercury (around 80 percent) by breathing the air, drinking contaminated water, and eating foods grown on sewage sludge or even grown near land applied sewage sludge. The air can carry fine dust particles loaded with viruses, bacteria, heavy metals and chemicals for miles from the actual toxic dumping site. You may not smell bad odors, but if you get a “funny” metallic taste in your mouth now and then when working outside; you could probably bet you have breathed and ingested a gift of toxic metals from Augusta/Richmond, or Columbia Counties’ sewage sludge.

We are all free to use our lands according to local ordinances and regulations as we see fit. However, does that mean that a very few people get rich while you and future generations of Jefferson County residents have to pay by having life and health compromised by the toxins going into the air, field run-offs into surface waters, or contaminates ground water/well waters?

Other local and state governments require anyone receiving toxic sewage sludge to carry an indemnity insurance policy worth several million dollars to cover the cost of human health damages. They also must have another policy of several million dollars in coverage for environmental damages. The sludge receiving landowner has to show proof of insurance coverage before land applications can begin.

If you don’t want your county to continue to be a toxic dumping ground for richer counties; why not learn more and discuss this with your county commissioners? The federal Clean Water Act gives local governments the power to make more stringent requirements than state laws and the federal laws have supremacy, so the county does have the power to implement more protection for you and your family.

If you want to protect your lives, health, land, and precious water resources, I encourage you to act now. To learn more about what has happened in other places in Georgia and around the world from this very toxic dumping program please go to www.thewatchers.us I will be glad to discuss your environmental or health issues at fg325@aol.com or 919-563-3670.

Nancy Holt




Perdue thanks friends, family

Dear Editor:

I would like to say a special thank you to my family and friends for sharing my 80th birthday celebration with me and making it such a special occasion.

For all the kind and thoughtful things you did to help-some I probably don’t even know about. I will always thank you. Even the weather was good that day.

I still go to bed thinking about it and wake up in the morning thinking about it. I even ask the Lord to give every family some special family and friends to enjoy days like this together.

I thank you all again and love you always.

Janette Perdue
Wrens




Wadley group asks for votes to support music video

Dear Editor:

The Christian radio station WAFJ held a video contest open to youth groups in the surrounding areas. The Harvesters of St. John’s United Methodist Church, made a music video to the song, “Blink,” by the group Revive.

The radio station picked the three finalists. Out of all the entries sent in St. John’s UMC Harvesters from Wadley have made it to the top three. In order to win the contest and receive a concert from the Christian group Revive, we are asking everyone in the area to go to the website, wafj.com, and vote.

Our video is the first video available to view. We are so very proud of our youth and want very much for them to win.

If you have any questions, feel free to call (478) 299-2071. Thanks for your support.

St. John’s UMC




 


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