Mike Jay wrote:Does anyone have a suggestion for how and where to send a sample to get it tested? I wouldn't even know what to ask for...
T Sousley wrote: turn it into massive bioremediation project, possibly timber or nursery production I guess , or maybe just an ornamental landscape garden for human enjoyment and wildlife habitat .
T Sousley wrote:
Wow , I apologise for going of script and dumping all this on you poor strangers of permies. This feels more like a diary entry than a forum post. I guess I needed to get some things off my chest. Thanks for listening.
One last thought .. balancing zero waste and toxicity and general junkyness. I've always been a scavenger who would find great things on the major trash days in the suburbs, ping-pong tables chairs etc. I love the Craigslist free section. But when you collect or save all these materials that may be useful someday , bottles , old scrap wood or metal , etc etc. When does the storage of these items become an eyesore , a toxic leeching rusting mess, a mosquito breeding ground , a junk pile. For example my dad got some old salvaged windows, he stripped the paint and sanded outside . I was very concerned that the paint was lead based, and it was sending it all over the farm . Am I too concerned with toxicity? I'm so afraid if lead , asbestos, even nano particles of plastic and heavy metals. Maybe I've become to afraid.
Mike Jay wrote:Thanks Timothy, great information! Now, what if the dump site is just barely above the water line and on the edge of a boggy/swampy area? I can't really dig down before it gets too sloppy to dig. The water is likely leaching away stuff (gentle downstream direction is a lake). I guess I should just call a lab and see what they recommend. It's one of the few wet and clayey spots with nearly full sun on my property so it would be a great spot for some elderberries, currants and other water lovers. If the water is safe.....
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