Friday, March 12, 2004

Here's the scoop... simple terms! Here's the family... notice the similarities and the differences:
  • - 2,3,7,8-Tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin - This is a byproduct of some petroleum-based chemicals.
  • 2,3,7,8-Tetrachlorodibenzofuran - Furans are byproducts of wood oils.
  • 3,3',4,4',5,5'-Hexachlorobiphenyl - pcb's are produced by chlorination of biphenyl, a process used by many industries.
Every time you throw a plastic container in the campfire, you are releasing dioxins into the atmosphere. Every time you have a bonfire or campfire or burn grass or leaves, you are releasing furans into the air. You don't have much opportunity to release pcb's into the atmosphere because EPA has curtailed the contamination of common household products with this material.

What you can do...
  • Recycle plastics
  • mulch garden materials
  • mow often and leave grass clippings in the lawn
  • Follow directions when using pesticides or herbicides. These products are safe when used according to directions.
  • Save used motor oil, old paint, etc. for annual collection by local agencies and/or companies.
So much to say, so little time. I have other commitments today. Will be back soon with more!

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