From Laurie Valeriano, WTC
in response to an email regarding the idea of a major movement
to stop industry from forcing toxic products on citizens.
This is a very interesting approach. It certainly broadens the
fertilizer debate and would bring in a whole new set of
allies and opponents.
I think the loopholes for this type of recycling
exist more in the regs than in the laws. A big problem with
the waste in fertilizer issue is that there is no real "beneficial-use"
determination process in the state where a waste is evaluated in a
meaningful way as to whether it should be used as a fertilizer product or in
a fertilizer product. Our state even goes as far as to say if the company calls
their waste a product we can't really do anything, which is really legally
It is a big problem and I can see where this type of thinking crosses over
to things like building materials, roads, etc!
Do you have more of an analysis as to what the problems are, what the policy
options are, what the regulatory options are and who besides legislators might
support or oppose the effort? I can send you a list of the supportive
legislators and I would also be happy to meet with you, Bonnie and others
more about this. Cheers & Happy Turkey Day, Laurie
At 1:55 AM -0500 11/22/99, rodger herbst wrote:
>Bonnie Mager, WEC Eastern Washington Field Organizer,
>has provided information on "Century Board of Washington",
>a business whose goal is the production of domestic building
>materials from fly ash.
>Such an occurance may presage an onslaught of similar
>"waste recycleing" businesses.
>You may also have seen articles in the news RE V.P.
>Gore's promotion of using radioactive waste in domestic
>Several of us in WEC, including Bonnie, would like to
>begin working to try to develop legislation which would
>nip the toxics to domestics enterprise in the bud.
>She suggested you may provide the names of some
>state legislators who, based on their opposition
>to toxic waste in fertilizer, might be willing to
>provide draft legislation for a bill to prohibit the
>use of toxic waste in the production of domestic
>We would also be very pleased to work with you on this
>issue, if it interests you
>WEC Pollution & Health Committee