Is too little information dangerous?
Is information knowledge?
Can we learn from it?
A Commanding Officer once told my ex son-in-law ….. “I didn’t know... is not a valid excuse. It’s up to you to know.”
According to a quote from Albert Einstein ~Information is not knowledge.
I’m not sure in what context he was applying his quote to, but for me, learning information helps me to become knowledgeable.
So…here is a little piece of information I find fascinating.
|Times Beach, Missouri|
Times Beach was founded in 1925 as a resort community that eventually became home to 2200 residents.
It is the site of one of America’s worst pollution disasters.
Times Beach could not afford to pave their roads, thus from 1972 to 1975 city officials hired a waste hauler to spray waste oil on unpaved roads to alleviate dust.
The waste hauler also used waste oil to control dust in horse stables which resulted in the death of over 60 horses. In 1979 the Center for Disease Control and Prevention was called in to investigate. It was found that the waste hauler had subcontracted to haul waste for Northeastern Pharmaceutical and Chemical Company (NEPACCO).
During the Vietnam War, the NEPACCO facility had been a producer of Agent Orange and the waste clay and water removed from the plant contained levels of dioxin some 2,000 times higher than the dioxin content in Agent Orange.
The waste hauler claimed he was unaware that the waste contained dioxin. The dioxin had already permeated the soil, and flooding from the Meramec River further spread the dioxin throughout the town.
Long story short…..
The town was bought, dismantled and decontaminated by the United States Environmental Agency (EPA). The EPA purchased the town for 32 million dollars and spent 110 million dollars cleaning it up before turning it over to the State of Missouri.
Though dioxin has been connected to cancer, skin diseases, immune disorders, and birth defects, the long term effect on the exposed residents is still unknown.
This information was brought to you by the letter “I”. Please stop by Jenny Matlock’s blog (off on my tangent) and checkout other stories about the letter “I”. You can get there by clicking on this link: http://jennymatlock.blogspot.com/2011/06/alphabe-thursdays-letter-i.html
I hope you enjoyed my contribution for this week’s Alphabe~Thursday. Thanks for stopping by! ~Ames