Sunday, June 29, 2014

Arsenic Contamination: Did Lynda Bell do anything about it in District 8? By Geniusofdespair


on youtube

Lynda Bell does not address environmental concerns unless they benefit the farmers or her friends like John DuBois. And then she is on the wrong side of the issue - less regulation not more. She is always in favor of loosening Environmental regulation. She tried with wetland protection and mangrove protection. She tried to stop removal of illegal fill (some with arsenic in it) for the 8 1/2 square mile people (they didn't know any better that the fill they accepted illegally, was dangerous) and she tried to skirt arsenic removal while she was mayor, for a school yet. She didn't address arsenic at all as County Commissioner even though she knows it is there: She said you can stick a spoon in the ground and find it. Now that arsenic is being found all over the place (Chapman Field and  Hammocks Community Park, for example) what has she done? Silence. Only for Donald Trump's mythical movie studio idea near the airport did she enthusiastically talk about the ease of removing it by digging down to the bedrock -- not so for the school. For the children she argued against a complete cleanup.

Anyway, I wonder if people in her district with wells are safe? The second video is about arsenic's harm in very small amounts.  Watch the 2 video's damn it!!!



Whether arsenic is ingested from water or from soil, it can be absorbed into the body. Once in the body, the arsenic (regardless of where it came from) poses an increased risk for arsenic-related health effects. Many different factors (for example, the form and amount of arsenic, the characteristics of the soil, the presence of other contaminants, the age of the person ingesting the soil, and whether or not their stomach contains food) can influence how much arsenic is absorbed into the body when soil is ingested. How these factors influence arsenic absorption is difficult to quantify. In light of these uncertainties, the agencies consider the absorption of arsenic from soil to be the same as that from water.

Dust on fields,  stirred up, while children play soccer and baseball is contaminated with arsenic. The County in their report (link below) called Arsenic "the most significant contaminant".


Miami Dade Study - Take into account...
1) it's done by an engineer and they have a very different way of looking at these things than do the scientific and/or public health communities
2) at least some of his statistical tests are wrong -- not necessarily wrongly conducted but certainly wrongly interpreted as to their technical meaning

"If you swallow arsenic in water, soil, or food, most of the arsenic may quickly enter into your body. The amount that enters your body will depend on how much you swallow and the kind of arsenic that you swallow. This is the most likely way for you to be exposed near a waste site. If you breathe air that contains arsenic dusts, many of the dust particles settle onto the lining of the lungs. Most of the arsenic in these particles is then taken up from the lungs into the body. You might be exposed in this way near waste sites where arsenic-contaminated soils are allowed to blow into the air, or if you work with arsenic-containing soil or products. If you get arsenic-contaminated soil or water on your skin, only a small amount will go through your skin into your body, so this is usually not of concern."
Agency for Toxic Substances

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Why are the Arsenic Levels so much higher in the Agricultural Area of the County?

Maybe all of the "Environmental" folks looking to preserve farmland should clean up their own backyard before they run around every other part of the County opposing every one else's projects.

M

Anonymous said...

Run off of pesticides and old manufacturing entities long gone.

Anonymous said...

The school was in Homestead and Linda BELL wanted the school named after herself.

Anonymous said...

The contaminated dirt leeches into our aquifer. Sometimes they have to scrape the dirt down to the bedrock to get rid of the arsenic. I wonder what the air is like around the South Dade landfill it must be blowing arsenic around. Has anyone checked the air around Blackpoint?

Anonymous said...

The new reverse osmosis deep well water plant in the North of the county is near or on a old garbage dump. After 9 months the water still doesn't meet the WASA standards. The main purpose wasn't for the clean drinking water it was to start building new homes just to the South. Of course it's just because this water (well) is deeper and contains more minerals not the leaching right? Heaven or whatever f'ckn help us!

Anonymous said...

Why didn't another PAC put this out. It's a good piece, except it was paid for by the Miami Dade Democrats in a non partisan race. I think the Labor PAC or one of those could have done this one. It's a very serious issue and Bell is just a walking disaster when it comes to destroying our environment. This is mild compared to some of her other stuff like the salt water intrusion issues from rock mining at the edge of the everglades.

Anonymous said...

Arsenic could be poisoning voters in South Dade infecting their judgement.

Anonymous said...

I hope all those well-heeled lawyers and Chamber of Commerce types who have max'd out their contributions to Lynda Bell now feel appropriately guilty. Or if not, that they agree to subject themselves and their families to the arsenic levels Lynda Bell has decided are harmless. You trust her with your money. Go ahead and now trust her with your health! Ass@#les!

Geniusofdespair said...

Who cares which PAC, the info is true

Anonymous said...

Disgusting story really.

Anonymous said...

Can't be as bad as the HazMat situation in her backyard.

Anonymous said...

GoD - It is a non partisan race. Neither the Dems or GOP should be paying for ads for any of the candidates running in these types of races.

Lucia said...

Well, anonymous: re: the non-partisan race.

Lynda wiped the non-partisan process out the last time she ran for her commission seat. She has now forced whomever runs against her to look for help from whatever party that is offering to be available to help.

LB ran a Republican campaign last time and she is doing the same thing this time. All the previous candidates in the District 8 race had a consensus of independents, republicans and dems.

But, by LB putting her commission campaign in Republican Congressman Rivera's hands (and office), she took away the non-partisan blind eye to the race. She has sullied the process forever.

I would prefer that there were no dominate parties or at least a more moderate party active. LB's tea party shoes certainly do not fit my feet.

I don't like partisan races. I do like open primaries, at least to the extent that Independents get to vote.

Anonymous said...

The video was awesome.