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Newsletter June 2020
The dangers of 'forever chemicals'
PFAs are a category of manmade carcinogenic chemicals that do not break down in the environment and they accumulate in wildlife, plants and humans.
PFAs are used in many household items like nonstick cookware, microwave popcorn bags, pizza boxes, windshield fluid and carpets. They are also in the water — groundwater and drinking water. And over time, they accumulate in fish and livestock, meaning they are in the food chain. All of these sources cause them to accumulate in the human body.
Ask your legislators to vote NO on HB 545, a bill that would restrict landowners’ rights to protect their property values and quality of life if a new industrial agricultural operation moves in and causes a nuisance. It also paves the way for industrial-size hog farms, which could affect the Ogeechee River water quality.
The final vote for the proposed regional landfill in Screven County will be held Tuesday, June 23. You can contact the county commissioners and urge them to vote NO on the landfill that would be built near the Ogeechee River. Read ORK's letter to the editor in the Sylvania Telephone.
The etymology for “Spanish moss” is not known although it is often supposed it is related to a term used by French settlers in the southeastern U.S. in the 1700s. They called it barbe Espagnol, or Spanish beard, referring to the long beards popular among Spanish explorers of the era.