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The Fatal Qualities Of "Fake Silk"

Mar 3, 2017
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Environmental laws and regulations exist for a reason; often, it's because some ecosystem, creatures, or people once suffered for the lack of protection. 

History is full of stories of products that crippled, maimed, and killed the people who made them.  So it was with Fake Silk, the title of a book by Paul David Blanc about cellulose viscose, used to make everything from car tires to kitchen sponges. 

Users generally suffered no ill effects, but the workers exposed to it did, and manufacturing processes released toxic chemicals into the air. 

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The soil in the old Ashland railroad yard has been contaminated for so long, some of it came from steam locomotives. 

The site of the old roundhouse is where oil and other contaminants spilled and leaked on the ground. 

Now the property owner, Union Pacific, is about to clean it up.  But not before a few tweaks to the cleanup plan... for one thing, the bad soil will be taken out by rail, not by trucks on local streets. 

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is overseeing the cleanup plan. 

Toxic Liquids Create Threat For Humboldt Bay

Nov 11, 2013
U.S. Army Corp of Engineers

An emergency effort has begun to remove millions of gallons of toxic liquids from an abandoned pulp mill that poses a pollution threat to Humboldt Bay.

The Eureka Times-Standard reports that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to remove more than 4 million gallons of pulping liquors from the old mill site.