When you can't argue the point, try to change the focus...Focht3, just how far back does YOUR memory go? How about the hype over "missing children"?
What do missing children have to do with asbestos or mold?
My memory goes back quite a long way. I remember the days when Johns-Manville claimed that asbestos did no harm under any circumstances, and had "scientific proof" to back it up. And attacked the scientists and doctors that began to raise concerns about the possible health damage that could result from exposure to asbestos - even in small doses. I was already out of school - and working - when the asbestos abatement effort was in full swing. The sub-discipline 'environmental engineering' dealt with sewage treatment in those days -
And what about the tobacco companies? They did the same regarding tar and nicotine, with their 'experts' arguing that there was no scientific proof of any health risk from the use of tobacco. And lead in paint? The lead mining companies, paint manufacturers, etc. tried to argue that lead was not a concern long after the health risks of lead paint were clearly known. Do you wish to argue that the risks of lead are overblown, too? How about Love Canal? Was that hysteria, as well? The list is pretty extensive - but I haven't got time to discuss every environmental issue. It's easy to bash the claims of risk or harm; but don't tell me that the hazards don't exist. They do. Perhaps not in every circumstance, but I believe the risk does exist.
Is mold as bad as lead, nicotine, tar, xylene, etc.? I don't know. But I would suggest that you don't, either. And I know real people whose physicians believe their children have been harmed by mold. A little girl in Corpus Christi, and twin boys in Houston. I understand that all three spent significant time in ICU, and the only reasonable cause of their illnesses was toxic mold. And a number of adults have also been affected -
And in terms of relevant experience: I worked on one of the original SuperFund sites, and did research on well materials and technologies to permit successful extraction of MEK, toluene, xylene, methyl chloride, styrene tar, etc. from a contaminant plume within shouting distance of one of the richest estuarine environments in the Gulf of Mexico. And I directly supervised the lab permeability testing for the first (and perhaps the only) slurry trench fluid and backfill to use attapulgite instead of bentonite. All of that work was accepted by the EPA -
And regarding the time lag: I don't subscribe to every fora; I happened upon this one earlier today. Your insinuation of a lack of interest in the topic is simply wrong. The truth is that I wasn't aware of the discussion. Period. I found it - by accident - when researching the 33 separate message threads that you have responded to. Only one of the message threads you have posted to seems to be related to computers. (You don't seem to have started any message threads of your own.) I was trying to find/understand your area(s) of expertise because some of your comments in other threads suggest a serious lack of relevant experience or knowledge. It seems odd to me that you don't participate in the computer-related fora. Why?
And what do computers have to do with this subject? What is your relevant experience and credentials? This topic is a very
long way from your indicated area of expertise -
And what's with the just calm down and get on with your life
comment? Why not stick to the issue at hand? Afraid to discuss the issues directly?
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