Monday, June 9, 2014
Table 3. Chemicals Components of Concern: Carcinogens, SDWA-Regulated
Chemicals, and Hazardous Air Pollutants
Chemical Component Chemical Category
Methanol (Methyl alcohol) HAP 342
Ethylene glycol (1,2-ethanediol) HAP 119
Diesel19 Carcinogen, SDWA, HAP 51
Naphthalene Carcinogen, HAP 44
Xylene SDWA, HAP 44
Hydrogen chloride (Hydrochloric acid) HAP 42
Toluene SDWA, HAP 29
Ethylbenzene SDWA, HAP 28
Diethanolamine (2,2-iminodiethanol) HAP 14
Formaldehyde Carcinogen, HAP 12
Sulfuric acid Carcinogen 9
Thiourea Carcinogen 9
Benzyl chloride Carcinogen, HAP 8
Cumene HAP 6
Nitrilotriacetic acid Carcinogen 6
Dimethyl formamide HAP 5
Phenol HAP 5
Benzene Carcinogen, SDWA, HAP 3
Di (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate Carcinogen, SDWA, HAP 3
Acrylamide Carcinogen, SDWA, HAP 2
Hydrogen fluoride (Hydrofluoric acid) HAP 2
Phthalic anhydride HAP 2
Acetaldehyde Carcinogen, HAP 1
Acetophenone HAP 1
Copper SDWA 1
Ethylene oxide Carcinogen, HAP 1
Lead Carcinogen, SDWA, HAP 1
Propylene oxide Carcinogen, HAP 1
p-Xylene HAP 1
Number of Products Containing a Component of Concern 652
19 According to EPA, diesel contains benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylenes. See
EPA, Evaluation of Impacts to Underground Sources of Drinking Water by Hydraulic
Fracturing of Coalbed Methane Reservoirs (June 2004) (EPA 816-R-04-003) at 4-11. Fracking Chemicals which are known Carcinogens
Saturday, February 15, 2014
|Boom under the Brevard Road Bridge, Note hole where oil is|
Around 3pm, the US EPA and NCDENR were notified of the spill, and Harrision hired NEO contracting to mitigate the spill. Booms were placed near the spill site.
Around 8pm, Sheri and I were checking on our beaver tree and noticed a strong odor of petro-chemicals. Upon getting home, we saw a small blurb about an oil spill on WLOS's FB site.
This morning at first light, we went looking for booms, but could only find one downstream of the spill (Under the Brevard Road bridge) and it was breached with heavy product and crude streaming through the hole.
Shortly later we went to the French Broad River and found oil there. At that time, we called the RiverKeeper, Asheville Greenworks, the Asheville Fire Department and the US EPA.
THis morning the Asheville FD placed a boom across Hominy Creek to keep further oil from getting into the French Broad River.
I hope it works.
|Oil along the near shore of the French Broad River this morning.|
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
|The lobby at the Buncombe County building during the event.|
The couples have been coming regularly to Reisinger's office over the past two years as part of the larger 'We Do' campaign sponsored by the Campaign for Southern Equality. Earlier attempts have been turned away by Reisinger and his staff with polite explanations that it was against NC state law for them to accept the application or issue the license to same-sex couples.
Since then, the repeal of the federal law known as the Defense of Marriage Act and other state Attorney Generals granting their citizens the right to marry seem to have swayed the opinion of Cooper. Reisinger will ask for guidance later today.
|Alexis and Chelsea leave the office after successfuly completing their application.|
|Jake and Mitch speak with Reisinger.|
|Susan Wilson and Judy sign the marriage application as their families look on.|
|Rev. Amy Cantrell and Lauren White affirm to the truth of the statements in their application to be wed.|
Friday, September 6, 2013
So, when we do get sunrise at sunrise, it is wondrous. If only it would last longer.
|A jogger gets water at the new park pavilion.|
|College and Patton. Looks pretty nice without tourists|
|Asheville Pizza and Brewing|
|Behind the bakery|
|A Faux alleyway|
|A law office. Strange location for a building like this.|
|The shadow of power|
|The once Vanderbuilt Shirt Company, now an antique shop.|
|Basilica of St. Lawrence greets the sun|
Monday, August 5, 2013
Nearly 10,000 people swarmed the City-County plaza area of downtown Asheville for the first Mountain Moral Monday. Meant to express outrage at what many see as slights to the City of Asheville by the NC General Assembly, the rally is a continuation of a series of "moral mondays" held at the statehouse in Raleigh this spring.
Saturday, July 13, 2013
|Fireworks light the Grove Park Inn on its 100th birthday.|
The grand old lady of Asheville hotels turned a digit yesterday--from 99 to 100.
At the dedication in 1913, the new U.S. Secretary of State, William Jennings Bryan spoke eloquently. Bryan, thrice defeated in Presidential runs had opted out of a fourth run in 1912 to support Woodrow Wilson. The plum job of Secretary of State was his for that. Who knew then the winds of war in Europe would make that job uncomfortable.
For 100 years, the hotel has stood for making people more comfortable. Through the bad times and good, war and peace, the rock has kept its secrets, standing silently against the ancient mountain.
Happy Birthday GPI.