Posted by: Green Knight | June 7, 2011

New News and Searches

One person looked under “died from methanol.”  Don’t even get me started!  Another looked at “skeptics of phytoremediation.”  Phyto works fine for extracting toxic metals from old sites, if you have time to do it, and patience to keep planting, harvesting, and incinerating.  It preserves the soil structure as well, which is nice.  On that tack, I just read yesterday that EPA is freeing up $76 million for brownfield cleanups, a bit less than last year but still a good sign.  It’s about time, but a little late for a lot of talented contractors who’ve had to find other lines of work in the last 15 years.  I salute it nonetheless, since the main Superfund program hasn’t had any funding in ages.  Here’s some info, with that lower amount: http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/ehs/news/new-brownfields-grants

This time the photo is an example of my fave artist’s many depictions of sunflowers, which are useful plants for phytoremediation, along with fescue and crown vetch.  Those who read my posts on selenium poisoning out west will remember the vexatious vetches, in the pea family.  Gregor Mendel, what have you done?  They uptake metals, toxic or not; doesn’t hurt the plants, but poses a hazard to wildlife or livestock that munch on them.  Ironically, that’s also what makes them useful in doing phyto if you manage the project right and restrict access.  I saw a van Gogh exhibit years ago in which one whole darkened room was reserved for a single, huge painting of a sunflower, with a halogen spotlight hitting the flower dead center.  Talk about your ’60s flashbacks, I was there, dude!

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