|From:||Lenny Siegel <email@example.com>|
|Date:||20 Apr 2006 16:28:54 -0000|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] Perchlorate in Santa Clara County (CA) - mushrooms vs. flares|
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Opinion Gilroy Dispatch (CA) April 20, 2006
The City of Morgan Hill has a well contaminated with perchlorate. They must treat the water, and they want Olin Corp. to pay for it.
Part of Olin's defense is that there are other sources of perchlorate contamination. They are looking for said sources. They have tested runoff from the freeway. They have looked for naturally occurring perchlorate from rock degradation. They suggested that the Regional Water Quality Control Board check a mushroom farm located near the city's contaminated well.
The Regional Board sent a researcher, expecting to find nothing. However, when they sampled the wash water in a retention pond, they found perchlorate. They then tested four other mushroom farms. Three of the five had perchlorate contamination.
They released this information to Olin, the city of Morgan Hill, the city of Gilroy, the county, and the water district, before telling the growers the test results. The water district in turn sent out an e-mail to all these people stating erroneously that the perchlorate was introduced by bleach used to clean the mushrooms. Actually, the bleach is used to clean the floors, workers' feet, and equipment. Sanitation is vital in the food industry.
For the entire article, see http://www.gilroydispatch.com/opinion/contentview.asp?c=184021
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