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Matt Orr opened Pandora's Box with his comments about chemicals. The debacle that PGE caused in the Hudson and the federal government's slow response to the BP oil disaster will be looked on as a minor problem when we see the results of the chemical industry pumping glug into our soils and water every day. Virtually every gardener in the US of A uses chemicals of one sort or another in his and her garden. Even those products that (are supposed to) evaporate and altered by sunlight and soil are adding their elements to the total accumulation.

Here, in our part of the country, we have been dumping chemicals into the soil for generations. Not only chemicals, but oil, gasoline, and God-knows what else have been dumped into toilets, backyards and other places. A small blurb in the press a while back stated scientists are wondering about the effect of drugs dumped into the toilet and now sitting in sewage ponds everywhere, leaching into ground water; things like birth-control pills, steroids and growth hormones. And, as the saying goes, "You ain't seen nothin' yet!"

- Jim Anderson, Sisters


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