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.....
You had your fun. Now it's time to go to jail. Thanks for your help tiny ad.
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