More DEQ nonsense: The deregulation of E-waste

Designed to impress the logically-deprived:

You can follow the link, but it's mostly nonsense about the safety of dumping e-wastes in lined landfills, which is by no means accepted science:

In their “Flawed Technology” review Lee and Jones-Lee (2008) discussed the fallacy of the claim frequently made by landfill-developer applicants and some regulatory agency representatives, and now the US EPA, that there is no evidence that the current modern MSW landfills are causing groundwater pollution. As discussed by Lee and Jones-Lee (2008) it could be expected to take about 25 years for a Subtitle D MSW clay liner to be penetrated by landfill leachate that has passed through holes, rips, and tears in the plastic sheeting liner. Since the requirements for Subtitle D landfill single-composite liners have only been in place since the early 1990s, the penetration of the liner would not be expected to be evident at this time.

Furthermore, and most important, the groundwater monitoring system allowed by the US EPA and many states has a very low potential to detect landfill-leachate polluted groundwater when it first reaches the point of compliance for groundwater monitoring. Leachate can be expected to pass from a lined landfill as narrow finger-shaped plumes at some situations. Typically, vertical monitoring wells are spaced a hundred or more feet apart at the point of compliance, and each monitoring well has a zone of capture (area which contributes to the water in the well) of about one foot around the well. With a zone of
capture of about one foot, leachate-polluted groundwater could readily pass the point of compliance, undetected, in the hundreds of feet between monitoring wells. Again, failure to detect leachate pollution in a monitoring well at this time cannot be presumed to indicate that there has not been leakage of leachate (for example through holes that existed at the time of construction) or that groundwater has not been polluted; it only means that the monitoring wells have not intercepted migration of leachate. What is clear is that the integrity of the liner system will deteriorate over time, and that by the time the migration of leachate is detected in the monitoring wells, significant offsite groundwater pollution can be expected to have already occurred.

Bottom line: E-wastes, when they begin to break down, release a smorgasbord of toxins and heavy metals into the environment. As we've seen from dumping in places like China and Côte d'Ivoire, within just a handful of years, those toxins can produce cancer clusters and birth defects. It's serious stuff, folks, and DEQ is crazy for even contemplating this.

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