ZOO WARS~PCBs and Other Waste Materials and Toxins Can Be Found In Landfills-CONTAMINATE the Land and WATER-Goes UNCHECKED at Big Cat Rescue
For YEARS I have been complaining about Big Cat Rescue being built on an old landfill…I have insisted that the soil and the water is contaminated but failed to state what it’s contaminated with-possible PCBs and other toxins…The following research proves beyond a shadow of doubt there should have been and should continually be tested; there should be several soil samples and water tested as I believe it’s unsafe for both the animals and the people who go there.
It’s bad enough that people and animals can have cancer without being exposed to a landfill-our friends, neighbors, family members, wildlife and pets. Imagine, if you will, what exposure to known contaminates and toxins can do to increase the incidence when living on an old landfill or nearby!!!
This should have been of great concern to Carole Baskin~CEO Big Cat Rescue, for not only for the sake of the animals but the people who work there, the people who live there and all the VISITORS that go there. Baskin has a great deal of money so there is no excuse for not checking and double checking…Furthermore, she raises mire than enough money and money on hand for testing the land and the water supplied to the animals. By not having this done, if PCBs and/or other toxins are now found on that property or in the water; water that is coming from the old retention pond and lake the water source supplied for the animals drinking water, water that the animals have been swimming in; I not only suggest but state for the record that this is Deliberate and INTENTIONAL Animal Cruelty as she KNEW it was an old landfill when it was purchased and reason it was so cheap-For someone in real estate to ignore this fact is deliberately putting both people and animals in harms way!!!
PCBs were banned in the U.S. in 1979 amid suggestions that these chemicals could have unintended impacts on human and environmental health. Image credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
‘BUYER BEWARE’…of old landfills and contaminated property!
It is not unusual to find old landfills or randomly buried hazardous and non-hazardous waste under new or old homes, on farmland, or on commercial property – in cities, suburbs, and rural areas.
How should old landfills and contaminated sites be managed? Full remediation is the only answer. Regardless of whether a property is used for residential or commercial use, health risks should be mitigated to the greatest extent possible. In the case of buried waste, although testing may not reveal any current contamination, decomposing waste may include any material (metals, plastics, organic matter, etc.) and will eventually contaminate the surrounding area. Old landfills should be vented in order to prevent landfill gases from migrating underground and consentrating in nearby buildings. These gases can be extremely harmful to health. Those living nearby should have their indoor air tested.
Too often, federal, state, and local officials do not keep records of old local landfills or contaminated sites. In addition, testing and remediation of contaminated sites by government agencies is frequently not comprehensive. In an unknown number of cases, the responsible party (i.e., the polluter) is allowed to control the testing and remediation, which is akin to allowing “the fox to guard the henhouse.” This is why it is critical for property buyers to control, to the greatest extent possible, property testing and remediation activities.
Types of waste and toxins that can be found in old landfills-Keep in mind, a landfill is more than household waste -the toxins surface as a form of gas and can be found in the water from run off -Baskin thought herself so smart as to pump the water in for the cats-They drink it and they are swimming in it.
With more than 150 cats now dead in less than 30 years, mostly from tumors and cancer; I can not help but question why there has been no testing over the years as would be the first suspect when an owner knows they built their facility on an d landfill-Big cats are already prone to cancer. Toxins could be at extremely high levels near the surface with high levels of PCBs and other toxins in the water and/or other extremely dangerous toxins on the property.
The following is a specific list of waste and toxins that can be found at a landfill. -How can this be ignored by Baskin and the authorities!?! Does having money mean that Baskin is above keeping a check on this property for the health of the animals, the people that work there, people that live there, VISITORS, and what about being safe for herself and family that reside there?!? (Bloggers Note: Not that I care about her health or the health of her family as she is responsible for so many people now having health issues due to the damage she has caused and causing to people and their families including stress, depression, anxiety and PTSD.)
(Bloggers note: This is the complete list provided at the link but not all the links provided-more links for more information can be found at the above link. Following any link might take you to another page; away from this site.)
Animal Waste (Bloggers Note: There are no lockouts at BCR-Keepers scarp from outside the cage -the same cages in place and rusting for years-Animal Waste is a contaminate yet Baskin still continues to use the same outdated methods for clean-up furthermore not having lockouts is dangerous for the keepers and the community and no evacuation equipment in place for emergencies even though extremely close to the Gulf)
- www.mesothelioma.com/mesothelioma/ Asbestos Safety Advisory: exposure to asbestos waste may lead to the development of mesothelioma cancer. For information about proper removal and disposal of asbestos waste products, visit the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance.
- MESOTHELIOMA WEB – “For those diagnosed with mesothelioma, an asbestos-related cancer of the lining of the lung (pleura) or the lining of the abdominal cavity (peritoneum), finding a credible source of information about the disease itself and the medical options available, is of the highest priority. After years of research and synthesis of information, we have assembled a web site and packet for patients and their loved ones. We hope you find this web site helpful.” “For more than 50 years, products containing asbestos remained unregulated, and the manufacturers of those products continued to prosper, knowing full well that many of the millions of workers who came into contact with their products would ultimately suffer as the result of their actions.”
- American Lung Association’s asbestos page
- EPA’s asbestos page
- Rachel’s #74 (04/25/88): Asbestos and Fiberglass Hazards from Landfills
Aspartame, Asphalt: another hazardous petroleum product
- substitute asphalt roofs with metal – http://metalroofmanufacturers.com/
Computer Chip Plants,
- EPA webpage for DDT
- “DDT and other chemicals in the waters off the Los Angeles, Calif., coast that were left by decades of dumping may not be decaying as scientists had thought. New evidence shows that it may simply be spreading. The findings appear in the February issue of the journal Environmental Science and Technology. The research was funded by the University of Southern California Sea Grant program, a partnership between USC and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.” ENN, 2/5/99
- Jan. 27 A World Wildlife Fund report finds sufficient scientific evidence of hazards to human health and wildlife to justify a global ban on the production and use of DDT. Although banned decades ago in North America because of its links to wildlife declines (such as the near extinction of the bald eagle) and possible risk to human health, DDT is still used to control mosquitoes and other disease-carrying insects in many developing nations.
- Greenpeace: Achieving Zero Dioxin
- Citizen’s Clearinghouse for Hazardous Wastes
Dredge, Electronics Waste,
EPA – Fertilizers, Environmental Fact Sheets: Waste-Derived Fertilizers – December 1997
- Rachel’s #74 (04/25/88): Asbestos and Fiberglass Hazards from Landfills
- Rachel’s #444 (06/01/95): Fiber Glass: A Carcinogen That is Everywhere.
- Fiberglass Information Network
- Note: Incinerator ash is often allowed to be used in road and building construction.
- Supreme Court Rules for EDF in Incinerator Ash Case,
- EDF Criticizes EPA for Allowing Testing of “Combined” Ash from Municipal Waste Incinerators
Malathion: Gary Null’s Pesticides page
Mail: (junk mail)
Mercury, Mining, MTBE: MTBEcontamination.com
Nuclear and Radioactive waste: Low Level Radioactive Waste by Dr. Judith Johnsrud, Sierra Club,
Paper Mills: Reach for the Unbleached
Pesticides: Links, articles, and information
PCB’s (polychlorinated biphenyls): Links, articles, and information
What are PCBs?
These chemicals were banned in the U.S. in 1979 amid suggestions that PCBs could have unintended impacts on human and environmental health. From the 1920s until their ban, an estimated 1.5 billion pounds of PCBs were made for things such as microscope oils, electrical insulators, capacitors, and electric appliances such as television sets or refrigerators. PCBs were also sprayed on dirt roads to keep the dust down prior to knowing some of the unintended consequences from widespread use.
Prior to the ban in 1979, PCBs entered the air, water, and soil during manufacture and use. Wastes from the manufacturing process that contained PCBs were often placed in dump sites or landfills. Occasionally, accidental spills and leaks from these facilities or transformer fires could result in PCBs entering the environment.
PCBs can be found worldwide. In the 1960s, when initial research results were released, traces of PCBs could be detected in people and animals around the world – not only in heavily populated areas such as New York City, but also in remote areas as far as the Arctic. These findings of such widespread and persistent contamination contributed to the banning of the chemical in 1979.
PCBs can degrade or breakdown in the environment, but the process greatly depends on the chemical makeup of the PCBs. The degrading process also depends on where the PCBs are in the environment. Typically, PCBs are either broken down in the environment by sunlight or by microorganisms. Sunlight plays an important role in the breakdown of PCBs when they are in the air, shallow water, or surface soils. Microorganisms, such as bacteria, algae, or fungi, biodegrade PCBs when found in soil or sediments.
Because PCBs exist in sediments, scientists need to determine if it is better to dredge and remove contaminated sediments from waterways or if it is safer to leave the sediments in place and cover with clean sediments, allowing them to naturally biodegrade. A cap or barrier can also be placed over contaminated sediments to prevent them from entering the environment. There are environmental, human health, and financial concerns with all of these alternatives.
- Phthalates Information by firstname.lastname@example.org
- National Environment Trust – Toxic toys
- Search Greenpeace for “phthalates”
Alkyl Phthalates: Dimethyl phthalate has been widely used as an insect repellent applied directly to the skin. Dibutylphthalate is impregnated into fabric for the same purpose. It is more resistant to laundering than dimethyl phthalate. University of Florida
Plastics: Links and information
Radioactive waste: see ‘Nuclear’ above
Sludge: Links and information
Tire Incineration / Dumps / Latex Allergies: Links and information
NOTE: Reports and studies sometimes use different measurements for the same value, example:
Both milligrams per liter (mg/l) or micrograms per gram (ug/g) = parts per million (ppm)
NOTE: “EPA Registered” on pesticide and other chemical products does NOT mean that the chemicals were tested for safety by the EPA or are safe to use. Most chemicals are not fully tested for safety by the EPA. The EPA continues to rely heavily upon research and reporting by industry.
Cindy Crawford Pulls Her Children Out Off High School Due to High Levels of PCBs
The U.S. has 3,091 active landfills and over 10,000 old municipal landfills, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. However, in the “good old days,” every town (and many businesses and factories) had its own dump. According to the 1997 U.S. Census, there are 39,044 general purpose local governments in the United States – 3,043 county governments and 36,001 subcounty general purpose governments (towns & townships). One suspects that there are many more old and abandoned commercial, private, and municipal dumps than the 10,000 estimated by the EPA.
Municipal landfills and their leachate (water) and air emissions are hazardous. Municipal landfills can accept hazardous waste under federal law. An unlimited number of ‘conditionally exempt small generators’ of hazardous waste have access to municipal landfills. (See 40 CFR 261.5).
All landfills will eventually fail and leak leachate into ground and surface water. Plastics are not inert. State-of-the-art plastic (HDPE) landfill liners (1/10 inch or 100 mils thick) and plastic pipes allow chemicals and gases to pass through their membranes, become brittle, swell, and breakdown.
“…82% of surveyed landfill cells had leaks while 41% had a leak area of more than 1 square feet,” according to Leak Location Services, Inc. (LLSI) website (March 15, 2000).
According to Dr. Fred Lee, “detection in new landfills can be difficult since the only way to know this is detection in the monitoring wells. The likelihood of a monitoring well at a single or double lined landfill detecting an initial leak is very small.” Monitoring wells should be located in areas most likely to detect contamination (i.e., testing the ground water after it has passed under the landfill.) See: Subchapter I: Solid Waste. Lined landfills leak in very narrow plumes, whereas old, unlined landfills will produce wide plumes of leachate.
Old and new landfills are typically located next to large bodies of water (i.e., rivers, lakes, bays, etc), making leakage detection and remediation (clean-up) extremely difficult. This is due to the incursion of surface water in both instances. Federal and state governments have allowed landfill operators to locate landfills next to water bodies under the misguided principle: Detection by monitoring wells can also be very difficult at lined landfills. Lined landfills leak in very narrow plumes, whereas old, unlined landfills will produce wide plumes of leachate.
Ground water flows downstream, or toward nearby lakes and rivers. In some cases, monitoring wells have been located around landfills in areas least likely to detect leakage (i.e., upstream of the groundwater flow). This is in violation of federal law. See Code of Federal Regulations (CFR): Chapter I – Environmental Protection Agency, Subchapter I: Solid Waste / PART 258 (Updated 1997) – Criteria for Municipal Solid Waste Landfills (Adobe PDF). If a landfill is located next to a water body, then the monitoring wells should be located between the landfill and the water; or (if there is no space left), in the water. See: EPA’s Ground Water Monitoring
All landfills could require remediation, but particularly landfills built in the last 60 years will require a thorough clean-up due to the disposal of highly toxic chemicals manufactured and sold since the 1940’s. See:Remediation and Brownsfields
Proof beyond a shadow of doubt that the property and water at Big Cat Rescue is likely contaminated and no one doing a single test even though it’s more than obvious that something is severely wrong there with so many tumors, high incidence of cancer and an extremely high death rate!!! You be the judge-Do you really want to visit a place with such possibilities of contamination and do you really think any child should be allowed on the property with not a single test made of the property and water. What about those living nearby with years of animal waste contamination into that lake where people swim and go skiing -Hell, FISHING a popular sport at that lake!!!
As far as I’m concerned this should be alarming and notice to area residents of Citrus Park, Tampa, Florida.
Disclaimer connected to this blog…Things said are of my opinion and the opinion of others…Stay tuned and follow this blog -B