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Not a lot of money for clean-up or closing but the projects eligible are broad.
Solid Waste Management – Region 10 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10, requests proposals for Solid Waste Management Assistance Grants. Projects may include studies, surveys, investigations, demonstrations, training, and public education programs. Project priority areas include: Reducing the generation of municipal solid waste sent to landfills; reducing the environmental impact of new construction through green building techniques; reducing the toxicity of current or future waste streams; reducing market barriers for environmentally preferable goods; and reducing greenhouse gas production with respect to solid waste management. Projects must take place in AK, ID, OR or WA. $120K expected to be available, up to 6 awards anticipated. Responses due deadline 5/19/08. For more info, contact Jeff Hunt at hunt.jeff AT epa DOTgov or go to http://yosemite.epa.gov/r10/HOMEPAGE.NSF/Information/Grants. Refer to Sol# EPA-R10-RCC-2008. (Grants.gov 4/2/08)
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Part 2*** From a follow-up to the newslist discussion about anthropology and climate change–
Q. “So…what can we do to solve this problem? Can we think like engineers?”
Please, don’t. Not even anthropological engineers. For example, see this — Continue reading
This article comes via NationTalk, native newswire, employment and tender service
Study probes link between soapstone and cancer – Waterloo Record
Forty-six-year-old Jimmy Cookie feels dizzy and has trouble breathing every time he carves into a slab of soapstone.
Now, University of Manitoba researchers are looking at whether Cookie’s lung problems could be linked with the traditional soapstone carving that’s popular in his home community of Sanikiluaq, Nunavut.
Soapstone (also known as steatite or soaprock) is a metamorphic rock, a talc-schist. It was used prior to the invention of pottery or ceramics for bowls in the Americas. It also conducts heat well and is mostly inert, thus its use for stove (cooking) utensils, sinks, and laboratory countertops. Alaska soapstone (now rare) can be transformed into gorgeous sculptures.
Although chemically inert for the most part, the stone is a soft material and scratches easily into fine, fibrous particles (talc, actually. In some rocks, a form of asbestos I believe The soapstone dust composition showed breathable asbestos fibers from the amphibole group (tremolite-actinolite). The results suggest talc asbestosis occurrence among soapstone handicraft workers.). The dust can penetrate lungs deeply and irritate the tissues leading to talcosis or talc pneumoconiosis (similarly to silicosis or asbestosis).
Wikipedia isn’t very helpful on the mineralogy and the physical structure. See the articles cited here–
MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2004 Jul 23;53(28):627-32.
Changing Patterns of Pneumoconiosis Mortality — United States, 1968–2000
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Pneumoconioses are caused by the inhalation and deposition of mineral dusts in the lungs, resulting in pulmonary fibrosis and other parenchymal changes. Many persons with early pneumoconiosis are asymptomatic, but advanced disease often is accompanied by disability and premature death. Known pneumoconioses include coal workers’ pneumoconiosis (CWP), silicosis, asbestosis, mixed dust pneumoconiosis, graphitosis, and talcosis. No effective treatment for these diseases is available. This report describes the temporal patterns of pneumoconiosis mortality during 1968-2000, which indicates an overall decrease in pneumoconiosis mortality. However, asbestosis increased steadily and is now the most frequently recorded pneumoconiosis on death certificates. Increased awareness of this trend is needed among health-care providers, employers, workers, and public health agencies.
One of the classic cases of cancer from use of minerals in traditional arts is
Malignant mesothelioma. A cluster in a native American pueblo.
Driscoll RJ, Mulligan WJ, Schultz D, Candelaria A
N Engl J Med. 1988 Jun 2; 318(22): 1437-8
Unfortunately, there isn’t a publicly available copy on the Internet and no access to journals in Bethel. As I remember the article–
Mesothelioma is an asbestos caused lung cancer. In this case a cluster was found that had nothing to do with brake repair or mining. Instead, people discovered the fire resistant mat they used for soldering silver jewelery also whitened dance moccasins when used as a buffing surface. In addition, the mat had a tendency to flake after substantial use as a fireproof work surface. The mat was an old-fashioned fire resistant mat, made of asbestos.
Here is a brief description of the Third International Conference on Russian America, held in Irkutsk in August. Details, including a program and photos, are available at
. The next conference has been proposed for Alaska in 2010.
Third International Conference on Russian America: Irkutsk, August 2007
In a long overdue follow up to conferences held in Sitka, Alaska in 1979 and 1987, the Third International Conference on Russian America was held in the Irkutsk region of central Siberia from August 8-12, 2007. The first day of the conference was in the City of Irkutsk, the second day in the nearby city of Shelikhov, and the third day at the Taltsi (Talci) Museum of Architecture and Ethnography (30km south of Irkutsk City). The fourth day included a train trip to examine historic architectural features along a portion of the Trans-Siberian Railroad. The fifth day consisted of a bus journey to the village of Anga, childhood home of Saint Innocent of Alaska, in the Buriat Republic and a tour of the Shishkino Petroglyph site. The well-attended conference included participants from across Russia as well as France and the Czech Republic.
The conference organizing committee drafted seven decisions / resolutions that were placed before participants for a vote on the final day of conference activities in Anga (August 12, 2007). The decisions collectively received an affirmative vote from all present, with no objections. One of the resolutions is to hold conferences at three-year intervals alternating between Russia and the U.S. The Fourth International Conference on Russian America is tentatively planned for Alaska in 2010, with Sitka named as a likely candidate.
Details of the 2007 conference, including photos, resolutions, and program, may be found at: