In John Driscoll’s Friday Oct. 16. article in the Times Standard, he reported that the  Marina Center Environmental Impact Report said the contamination on the site “likely originated from nearby sites where a now-banned wood preservative is used.”  This appears to be the same banned wood preservative, a dioxin, referred to in a post below.  If this is the case then we know that Shimdbauer produced it.  Why shouldn’t they have to clean it up? And by the same token, why shouldn’t Lee and Man have to clean up the mill site? They are in Hong Kong but there are still international trade laws that might protect us.  But you have to admit it doesn’t make it easy.  Globalization really gave us the shaft this time.   But it’s nice to know we could contribute those paper products to China, where they already cut down most of their own trees.  With Evergreen selling the company, putting it under a different name in the Virgin Islands, and then disappearing, we have a problem.  But Evergreeen was part of Lee and Man and we know where they are.

An aside about the Marina Center: in that same Oct 16th article the EIR said that “No additional data on soils is needed, as parking lots and buildings would shield people from exposure to contamination that may remain in place.”  I can picture it now. Joe Eureka on the couch one Sunday afternoon says to his wife, “Hey honey, lets take the kids and do some shopping down at that toxic waste site.”  

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