Noted environmental activist, author, and science broadcaster David Suzuki ((link...)) visited at the home of an old friend and colleague in West Roane County this afternoon.Continued...
Guest list for Monday and the best of Tennessee snark.
Update: It's on right now. Check out Freddy and Mary
The live audio stream will be here 7-9 am (Central?)
Smith has been a viscious partisan operative who has been little hampered by truth or common decency in her term as Tennessee Republican Party Chair. She may have the connections and the money to run for Congress but certainly lacks the personal character to replace Zach. Let's hope the Republicans wind up fielding a more worthy candidate.
We recently visited with a proud old friend who lives near here.
A rainy day is perfect to spend at the Roane State Theater watching Appalachian Dreams with Bill Landry. I have had the privilege to see "first hand" the work taking place behind the scenes to ensure a superb show, and that it will be. There are over 120 people (mostly volunteers) involved in this show that highlights all of the good things happening in Roane County today.
During a time with the economy down and TVA dropping their ash on us this show is a perfect example of the enthusiasm, optimism, talent, beauty and will to overcome that Roane County has. If you haven't bought a ticket....show up at the door around 1:30 because even the 2:00 show may sell out.
Hope to see everyone there!
Ken Yager's selenium bill will kill half the fish in Watts Bar Lake, but that's just fish that Roane County derives a large part of its economy from. What about people? This is from the NIH...
Current environmental selenium exposure limits appear to be inadequate for averting adverse health effects.
Does that sound like the NIH is calling for LOWERED" selenium standards? And what are those adverse health effects anyway? Little things like endocrine system disfunction, thyroid hormonal imbalances, improper metabolizing growth hormones, impairment of immune system, and your hair might fall out.
But then what do the National Institutes of Health know?
And then there's this. Political appointees of the Bush administration, eager to serve the unterests of big coal, allowed an outside contractor to misrepresent a USFS study on selenium, and present a deeply flawed draft regulation from the EPA. Enough scientists screamed that not even Bush had the gall to go through with implementation of a falsified standard. Not so Ken Yager, who now touts the stopped regulations as his viable standard for Tennessee.
The EPA based its proposed new (2004) standard on a misinterpretation of a study by U.S. Forest Service aquatic toxicologist Dennis Lemly.² Lemly himself said the EPA contractor drafting the new standards had arrived at the number in error. Lemly was quoted as saying "the tissue levels of selenium the EPA is proposing would kill half the fish in my study...
But what do you really care about the fishing when your hair is falling out?
TVA reports that prior to their Cat-Ash-Trophe, they dumped 2.8 pounds of selenium into Watts Bar Lake each day. That's 1000 pounds a year of this highly toxic heavy metal that Senator Ken Yager wants you to have lots more of.
Good luck with this one, Georgia. Maybe you'll have better luck than we did.
Veolia officials referred all questions to the TVA.
“Putting coal ash with toxic metals in it over an aquifer recharge area is about as stupid a decision as you could make,”
It's a small world...I am from Middle Georgia, where this stuff is headed. Looks like another group of County fathers who see the tipping fees and nothing else. So what if a bunch of citizens and their children get sick...The County will get a lot of money, right?
The Bush administration was reluctant to release information that suggested an alarmingly high cancer risk for people who live near landfills and lagoons used to store coal ash waste -- and now it turns out that it released only part of the data, hiding for years the full extent of the health threat from poorly regulated coal ash disposal.
Long Term Recovery Committee Meeting
May 13, 2009
The meeting is blogged here: (link...)
The next meeting will include Reps from TVA
May 20th @ 4:30pm at the Roane County Courthouse
Oo, Baby, I love a good thunderstorm. Except for the hundred pound smelly dog shaking like a leaf in my lap.
Update: OK, make that the next three hours. At least our power is back on.
The fine folks at Conservation Fisheries operate an ARK for endangered fish species. But if you raise thousands of babies each year, what's three more?
After a neighbor's tree fell, they were brought these three pileated woodpecker babies. They've been moved to a bird rehab facility but I think the folks miss them. They're so danged ugly, they're cute as can be...
Chrysler is asking that dealer agreements be invalidated for nearly 800 dealerships including Sexton Chrysler-Plymouth-Dodge-Jeep-Eagle in Harriman.
That's a shame. I have always been treated extremely well, before and after the sale, by the folks that run that dealership.
Leaf has started a new forum thread that should be of interest to everyone who eats food that comes from dirt.
WBIR has the story: (link...)
I've been told that it will be available this week. At that point we will know where the ash is now, and how much was washed out of the Emory and into the Clinch and Tennessee basin when this happened.
Here's the trailer for a history of canoeing and kayaking in the USA. Some folks with local connections are among the interviews (ahem...), and, no, you can't copy my pre-release disc.
Mark Brown sent me a link to this...
"This is the next economic boon, so a lot of people who are in the position to train people, they don’t want to look into the low-income community,” he said. “America can’t be green unless the big cities are green, and the big cities can’t be green unless the 'hoods are green. And the 'hoods can’t be green if the people aren’t educated.”
Tennessee isn't going to be green by choice. It will be because we have to be, or else...
The Saturniidae moths are big and beautiful. This is a Tulip Tree Silkworm moth. The Luna moth is a member of this group as well.
For the Roane County population of about 60,000, does this seem like a large number of sick kids?
"According to the Children's Hospital, there were 303 kids in Anderson County who had cancer last year."
She said more than 1,800 children in Knox County were cancer patients then, while 327 Roane County kids were afflicted by various types of cancer last year.
TVA spokeswoman Barbara Martocci said the agency is being “transparent.”
“We do have an open manner,” she said.
Let's see...except for the gag order they've issued to their own employees maybe?
The Whites Creek watershed is being included in a study of salamanders conducted by the Biology Dept. at Tennessee Tech. The study will focus on the Black Mountain Dusky Salamander and the Cumberland Dusky Salamander, one of which was new to science as recently as 2003. That shows us how little we actually know about our ecology even today.
If you have high-speed Internet and a high enough download cap, this 20-minute video for kids "on the effects of human consumption" might be worth a look: (link...)
Or, read about it in the NY Times: (link...)
If the developer lobbyists have their way with our legislators this will happen every time it rains hard...
The Tennessee Farm Bureau has its hands dirty in this as well.
For some reason Democrats in Congress are pushing a seemingly good Bill that will wreak havoc on small farmers.Continued...
From Congressman Lincoln Davis...
Washington, DC - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today that it signed an enforceable agreement with the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) to oversee the removal of coal ash at the TVA Kingston Fossil Fuel Plant in Roane County, Tennessee.Continued...
Is this something Tony Brown ought to be looking into?
an overview flyer issued by the Department of Labor and Workforce Development outlining the "Senior Community Service Employment Program." The purpose of this Federally funded program is to provide employment to low income individuals age 55 and over.Continued...
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