Science: A Real-Life Soot/Sludge Sample

From: Clean Air Now:Date: Mon Mar 24, 2003
Subject: LAB TEST INFO FOR YOUR WEB SITE from Lisa, Elsa Backus


This is the list of volatile and semivolatile substances found in a sludge dumping done by one of our neighbors. This comes from senseless and rather mysterious, smelly burning that takes place in a barn with a wood stove. There is no business there, just a yahoo who heats a barn because the village DPW gives him free wood. On two occasions we witnessed him dumping this matter (liquid and ashy materials) into a drainage ditch that runs into a protected creek. This is the beautiful Finger lakes section of New York State and this earth and lung-rape must stop. The D.E.C. warned the polluter to stop dumping after seeing this analysis. This same black soot is also appearing on our television screen, windows, and Ionic Breeze Quadra although no one on this house smokes, and we have no fireplaces or wood stoves. We paid for this laboratory analysis and want all our concerned anti-woodsmoke allies to know what they are breathing when they breathe this soot. We need affordable or volunteer scientists to help us analyze these tests and we need legal help, either pro bono or affordable legal help that a senior citizen can handle, since the primary victim is a senior citizen with scar tissue in her lungs. We are picketing against useless and foul-smelling smoke shacks in Mottville, NY and most of the people we have encountered on the streets have been positive or neutral; only the burners themselves are upset about the picketing and flyers. We are calling ourselves Clean Air Now and we support all anti-woodsmoke and anti air-pollution groups. Our First Amendment rights have been violated by our town and the ACLU has agreed to help us. Here are some of the substances that show up --

TCL Volatiles by EPA Method 8260 --

Chloromethane, bromomethane, vinyl chloride. chloroethane, methylene chloride, acetone, carbon disulfide; 1,1-dichloroethene; 1,1-dichloroethane; trans-1,2-dichloroethene; cis-1,2-dichloroethene; chloroform, 1,2-dichloroethane; 2-butanone, 1,1,1-trichloroethane; carbon tetrachloride; bromodichloromethane; 1,2-dichloropropane; cis-1,3-dichloropropene; trichloroethene, dibromochloromethane, 1,1,2-trichloroethane; benzene, trans-1,3-dichloropropene, bromoform, 4-methyl-2-pentanone; 2-hexanone; tetrachloroethene, 1,1,2,2-tetrachloroethane; toluene, chlorobenzene, ethylbenzene, styrene, m,p-xylene; o-xylene.

TCL Semivolatiles by EPA Method 8270 --

Phenol; bis(2-chloroethyl) ether; 2-chlorophenol; 1,3-dichlorobenzene; 1,4-dichlorobenzene; 1,2-dichlorobenzene; 2-methylphenol; 2,2-oxybis (1-chloropropane); 4-methylphenol; n-nitrosodinpropylamine; hexachloroethane; nitrobenzene; isophorone; 2-nitrophenol; 2,4-dimethylphenol; bis (2-chloroethoxy) methane; 2,4-dichlorophenol; 1,2,4-trichlorobenzene; napthalene; 4-chloroaniline; hexachlorobutadiene; 4-chloro-3-methylphenol; 2-methylnaphthalene; hexachlorocyclopentadiene; 2,4,6-trichlorophenol; 2,4,5-trichlorophenol; 2-chloronaphthalene; 2-nitroaniline; dimethylphthalate; acenaphthylene; 2,6-dinitrotoluene; 3-nitroaniline; acenaphthene; 2,4-dinitrophenol; 4-nitrophenol; dibenzofuran; 2,4-dinitrotoluene; diethylphthalate; 4-chlorophenylphenylether; fluorene; 4-nitroaniline; 2-methyl-4,6-dinitrophenol; n-nitrosodiphenylamine; 4-bromophenylphenylether; hexachlorobenzene; pentachlorophenol; phenanthrene; anthracene; carbazole; di-n-butylphthalate; fluoranthene; pyrene; butylbenzylphthalate; 3,3-dichlorobenzidine; benzo (a) anthracene; chrysene; bis (2-ethylhexyl)phthalate; di-n-octylphthalate; benzo (b) fluoranthene; benzo (k) fluoranthene; benzo (a) pyrene; indeno (1,2,3-cd)pyrene; dibenzo (a,h) anthracene; benzo (ghi) perylene.

(These are only the soot volatiles and semi volatiles, not all of the substances dumped, because this testing is expensive. An air test is forthcoming. Detailed copies of these soot test results with quantities are available to scientists who wish to assist or advise us -- contact

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