The burning of metals, treated lumber, old tires, and plastic, etc releases toxic waste (also known as dioxins) into the air, ground and water streams which is dangerous to the health of humans and wildlife. Plus it is illegal to burn. Penalties can run up to $25,000 per day you are caught burning.(Beware; there is a well established coalition against open trash burning). What's in your wallet? What's in your lungs and your blood stream, your children's, your unborn child's?
You think you are saving money when you burn your trash but, in do so you actually are creating a higher cost to yourself and those around you. Toxic fumes from burning trash create known cancer causing agents. How many children in your area have cancer?
Copy/Paste the following PDF web site to learn where your county rates in cancer deaths. It appears the folks in western Kentucky, even with factories and smog is living cleaner than the rest of us. KENTUCKY CANCER DATA SUMMARY - 2011 Prepared by The Hope Light Foundation on 29 March 2012 based on current NCI/CDC data at: www.statecancerprofiles.cancer.gov/ . Kentucky Cancer Data Summary – 2011
Apparently, trash burn dioxins can also alter your DNA! How many children in your area are born with deformities or mental disorders? The numbers are high. Seriously high enough that nearly every public school now has a mental health counselor on site daily. Children with mental health disorders range above 100 in the smallest populated counties. Ask yourself why and what role you play in creating mental and physical health hazards.
UK is currently conducting a study to determine environmental causes of cancer in Kentucky.
This article states,“A “high” lung cancer rate is defined as more than 101.6 cases per 100,000 residents. By this definition, 83 percent of the counties in the 5th District have high rates, compared to 38 percent for the rest of Kentucky.
Tobacco use is the leading cause of lung cancer, and 25 percent of Kentuckians smoke, compared to the 21 percent of people nationally.
But smoking on its own doesn’t explain the discrepancy between southeastern Kentucky and the rest of the nation, said Arnold.
“We know that tobacco is the number one cause of lung cancer, but that isn‘t the only factor causing the high cancer burden for southeastern Kentucky,” Arnold says.“So we started to look for other possible reasons. Could environmental carcinogens play a role? That’s what this grant will allow us to investigate.”…(University College of Medicine, 2011).” Copy/paste or click the link below for more information.
University of Kentucky College of Medicine (2011). Kentucky homeplace to participate in $1.43 milliom lung cancer study. Center for Excellence in Rural Health-Hazard. http://www.mc.uky.edu/ruralhealth/khplung.asp .
FYI- you may be eating what you burn! The ground, plants, and animals absorb dangerous dioxins from burning trash! That mouth watering garden may be hazardous to your health and just washing your bounty will not remove dioxins. Now consider that home grown chicken, pig or beef, they too are infected! Check this web site. http://air.ky.gov/Pages/OpenBurning.aspx . Click on the right on Open Burning.
Am I too guilty of home trash burning? At one point in time, yes I burned my garbage. I was unaware of the health issues related with trash burning and this county does not have mandatory “no burn” or enforced garbage pick-up.(Defiance to federal law)? Therefore, I apologize for endangering your health.
How do we make restitution and clean up our actions? One person at a time, stop burning trash. Encourage others to do the same.
Encourage your county officials to conduct 1 “free” dump day month.