Food For Thought

January 13, 2004

When you settle in for dinner after a long day of classes, usually the last thing on your mind is the origin of your food. It should probably be one of the first things you consider.

While the recent report on toxin levels in farmed salmon may not provide conclusive information about the actual risks to human health, its findings contribute to a worldwide trend. Many of the foods we love to eat are in trouble -- and ironically, we are the ones endangering them.

One Nation, Under Smog

February 20, 2003

If the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is supposed to protect the environment, why is EPA administrator Christine Whitman poised to increase air pollution at more than 17,000 stinky, old, dirty industrial facilities around the country?

Is Whitman at odds with the Clean Air Act, enacted by Congress in 1970 to protect us from respiratory illnesses caused by soot, smog and toxic air pollution? The Clean Air Act aims to develop increasingly cleaner industrial processes that make air safer to breathe.

Living With A Landfill

May 3, 2002

Shoveler ducks in the gray dusk floated on a pond in the middle of the Union Bay wetlands. Their pond is seasonal and is created by the sinking of the ground and the collection of rainwater and runoff.

As the four ducks bobbed their heads in and out of the water, coming up from the bottom with mouthfuls of mud, a constant stream of bubbles joined them on the surface.

"That's methane escaping," Connie Sidles said, explaining that gasses continue to rise from the landfill underneath the pond.

History Of Landfill Complicates Current Land Use

April 30, 2002

Erin McKeown worries about what may be in the landfill underneath the Montlake parking lot and intramural sports fields, but she is more concerned that she does not know everything that was once dumped in the landfill.

According to the industrial hygienist from UW Environmental Health and Safety, the only way to be sure what is in the landfill is to dig it up. This, she said, is more of a health and ecological hazard than leaving the site alone.

Landfill Of Old A Problem Of Now

April 29, 2002

Every day students park, play and walk on what was Seattle's largest landfill -- a place where household trash and industrial pollutants were mixed with unknown hazardous materials to create a class-four Superfund site.

All the UW property between Hec Edmundson Pavilion and U. Village, and between Lake Washington and Montlake Boulevard, was once the destination for 66 percent of Seattle's garbage, but now serves as a way for students to get out of the classroom and into the fresh air.