posted on May, 15 2014 @ 07:00 PM
Ok time for me to chime in here.I am the husband who was mentioned here. I was a chemical operator for 20 years.I have been through hazmat and
hazwoper training for certification twice.I am also qualified for emergency response, Including spill cleanup,and search and rescue. I also have first
aid training. I worked at a experimental resin plant for 15 years and for a precious metals refiner for 5 years.I have handled most of the chemicals
found in these landfills, and been exposed to those same chemicals.This is the reason that I no longer work for chemical companies.
Back years ago when I was looking for a job due to a layoff cause my plant closed, I was approached by Vandermark chemicals to work for them. They
wanted me to operate their phosgene operation with the understanding that within a year I would be the manager of the resin plant that they had
planned to build near the phosgene plant. I'm thinking that this is why there are now two plants on Mill street.They are owned by the same company
which is french from what they told me at the time. I turned down the job. Not because they produced Phosgene, although I did know just how deadly it
is, but because of the way their shifts are structured.They work reverse swing shifts of 12 hour days for 3 days and then a 4 hour day. Every study I
read on the effects of working this shift said the same thing. That this shift structure causes sleep disruption and therefore saftey issues. I turned
the job down.
Now aside from 5 or 6 years I spent in Tennessee when I was a kid I have lived all my 60 years in Western New York.I lived, not too far from the now
landfills along River road that have been discussed in this thread. This makes me uniquely qualified to know about these landfills.I know what was
there before they were land fills.I have know personally people who worked at those facilities.Some of them are now passed away. Many from various
forms of cancer.
The Ashland one site is the burial area of the remains of the Ashland refinery which was closed back in the 80's. The Seaway site was originally a
part of the Ashland refinery although what they used it for is somewhat questionable. Some of the chemicals that have been found there come from
sources other than the refinery.The ordinary industrial solvents like toluene and xylene were manufactured by the refinery and may represent the
results of spills, or pre-environmental law dumping. However the presence of Methylene Chloride there would point to dumping by another local chemical
plant just down the road that uses that particular chemical. E.I Dupont uses that material in their manufacturing process.I have several friends who
worked there and are now retired. This makes me wonder if they were using that site for general dumping. There are also several chemicals found there
that would indicate Hooker and/or Allied chemical.There used to be plants for both companies along river road.One way or the other with the addition
of the runoff from Ashland 2 which is radioactive, we have a rich chemical stew going on there.
The radioactive material that was in Ashland 2, and was removed,came from the Linde plant which is just down the road from the landfill in Tonawanda.
They were involved with the manhatten project during the war and those radioactive materials were buried in an area near the Linde plant which became
a couple of holes for the golf course at Sheridan Park. That area has now been "cleared of those materials" and is again a part of the Linde
property.Read fenced off and no longer accessable to the public. The radioactive soil all thousands of tons of it was dumped in ashland 2 and then was
collected from that site and shipped off to Utah several years later.
There are several more nasty sites around that area that I know about, but it seems that the EPA and the NYDEC either don't know about them or are
ignoring them. One of them is radioactive as well. We used to play there as kids.
edit on 5/15/2014 by lonegurkha because: negative brain