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Drinking Burned Garbage
By Shelley Stallings


July 23, 2012

Thank you Kathy Doyle. I continue to be amazed when I see people burning garbage. This form of air pollution is bad enough by itself, but when you add the fact that almost all of us outside of the city limits drink water which is collected from our roofs, it becomes really scary. As you noted there are many synthetic chemicals in much of the garbage that is burned. This ends up on our roofs, then into our cisterns.

Another source of dangerous air/water pollution is fireworks. Although primarily only seasonal, the concentrations of heavy metals in firework smoke and debris is even more poisonous. Do the research, fireworks are not a good idea when we depend on water collected on our roofs.

Be a good neighbor, don't burn trash, don't explode fireworks anywhere near neighbors' (or your own) homes. The cancer rates are already much too high in Ketchikan.

Shelley Stallings
Ketchikan, AK

Received July 20, 2012 - Published July 23, 2012

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