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(Orlando Sentinel)   Orlando injecting molasses into 40 acres of land to slow spread of cancer-causing contaminants. "We've gotten five tankfuls into the ground already"   (orlandosentinel.com) divider line 46
    More: Florida, Superfund, aerospace manufacturer, deep underground, fixed price, aquifers  
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2011-09-02 12:04:36 PM
Boston says, "amateurs." (new window)
 
2011-09-02 12:06:07 PM
The Land of Florida is so awesome even the ground tastes sweeter there
/DIAF FL
 
2011-09-02 12:06:37 PM
Molasses? Fine, but don't get angry at me when you see me there licking the ground.
 
2011-09-02 12:07:34 PM
He played an elf, a crusader, and a pirate.

And he is banging Miranda Kerr

So now he is an environmental engineer?
 
2011-09-02 12:08:05 PM
But we can trust business to self regulate!
 
2011-09-02 12:08:45 PM
Is that kind of like sarsaparilla [sasspuhriller]? I can't hear one without thinking of the other.

/sassafras, sassafras, sassafras!
 
2011-09-02 12:11:15 PM
Five tankfuls?

That's a lot of moles.
 
2011-09-02 12:12:10 PM
Sweet.

/By Kevin Spear, Orlando Sentinel

September 4, 2011

from the future
 
2011-09-02 12:12:20 PM
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/It's got electrolytes
 
2011-09-02 12:16:57 PM
meat0918:
But we can trust business to self regulate!

Considering that this was an old military plant, the problem was more like "hey, this is for the government, just dump it anywhere."

A huge number of Superfund sites (and a lot of the worst ones) are old government-run sites, and were exempt from a lot of the controls that existed at the time.
 
2011-09-02 12:19:35 PM
molasses is actually good for plants that make fruit, the simple sugars can be broken down by plants and turned into sweetness in your fruit, or pot.
 
2011-09-02 12:21:26 PM
Why don't we just shoot the contaminants into the sun with private space garbage people?
/Technology!
//It works, biatches.
 
2011-09-02 12:23:16 PM
Amos Quito: Five tankfuls? That's a lot of moles.

It's just their asses, so that's only like 30% of the entire mole.
 
2011-09-02 12:24:52 PM
It's what plants crave!
 
2011-09-02 12:25:20 PM
seems like a good way to attract ants.
 
2011-09-02 12:27:00 PM
Funny that the project is running as slow as itself
 
2011-09-02 12:27:40 PM
Some might say, that the mo' lasses you pour into, the more contaminants you might get.
 
2011-09-02 12:28:19 PM
images.wikia.com

Do you want ants? Because that's how you get ants!
 
2011-09-02 12:29:21 PM

engrishmajor: Amos Quito: Five tankfuls? That's a lot of moles.

It's just their asses, so that's only like 30% of the entire mole.


Yeah, but these moles were hot, thick stripper moles. So about 40%.
 
2011-09-02 12:30:58 PM

cirby: A huge number of Superfund sites (and a lot of the worst ones) are old government-run sites, and were exempt from a lot of the controls that existed at the time.


So more Quis custodiet ipsos custodes.
 
2011-09-02 12:33:23 PM

Improper Usage: Is that kind of like sarsaparilla [sasspuhriller]? I can't hear one without thinking of the other.

/sassafras, sassafras, sassafras!


It's made from mole asses. Lil suckers are hard to keep in the grinder too. Actually it's made from sugar cane or sugar beets. Sassafras comes from a tree of same name. The root bark used to be an ingredient in root beer or tea, but at some point was found to be a carcinogen and effectively banned from use in a lot of places.
 
2011-09-02 12:34:26 PM

cirby: meat0918:
But we can trust business to self regulate!

Considering that this was an old military plant, the problem was more like "hey, this is for the government, just dump it anywhere."

A huge number of Superfund sites (and a lot of the worst ones) are old government-run sites, and were exempt from a lot of the controls that existed at the time.


The airport in town used to be a military base. One of the compounds they used on the aircraft (for cleaning) was carbon tetrachloride. So, don't drink the water, ever.
 
2011-09-02 12:42:38 PM

Dr. Whoof: [images.wikia.com image 239x238]

Do you want ants? Because that's how you get ants!


Awesome.
 
2011-09-02 12:46:39 PM
The molasses feeds the bacteria in the soil that then breakdown the TCE. Corn syrup works too.
 
2011-09-02 12:52:17 PM
Now Im no scieanctcian but how wil mole butts help?
 
2011-09-02 12:57:04 PM
SWEET SASSY MOLASSY!!
deadspin.com
 
2011-09-02 12:57:31 PM

Headso: molasses is actually good for plants that make fruit, the simple sugars can be broken down by plants and turned into sweetness in your fruit, or pot.


it's also chock full o' calcium, iron, and potassium
 
2011-09-02 12:57:44 PM
I use it to fertilize my fruit trees. It chelates the soil and also happens to drive off fire ants. Good stuff as long as you use the unsulphered stuff.
 
2011-09-02 12:57:49 PM
Shouldn't they have waited until January?
 
2011-09-02 01:03:31 PM
Give me 40 acres and I'll turn this rig ...

Oops! Seem to be stuck! I'll just give it a little rev and ...

I'll turn this rig around ...

no, still stuck. It looks like the asphalt is melting.

Here we go ... or not .. WTF!

Excuse me a moment, I'm getting out to see what the problem is. It looks like the trailer is sinking.

What the Hell? This stuff smells like molasses. What are they paving the parking lots with nowadays?

Hmm... it IS Molasses.

You have got to be kidding! Did a molasses tanker have a spill here or what.

What? They are using molasses to slow the flow of toxic waste. Well I'll be damned. Pluck me and call me KFC.

Why the Hell don't they just use concrete?

Costs too much? I can get you ten truck loads in Mexico for the price of a two string guitar.

Well, jigger me and call me catfish.


Based on the hit trucker song "Give me forty acres and I'll turn this rig around".

Brantgoose knows his sappy trucker songs for some reason which nobody can quite explain. Maybe it's the result of living in the country for so many years, maybe it's because he's been to Florida by car, maybe it's because his family used to be in lumber and trucking and stuff and you can't quite escape from smaltzy trucker songs about how much they miss their wives, children, dogs, mistresses, mothers, etc., because they're on the road for 87 hours at a stretch hopped up on amphetamines and unpaid bills, without taking their mandatory, lawful sleep breaks or doing their paperwork. Any hoo. Damn truckers. Dumb as half a brick. Send them to Woodstock, Ontario with a load and they'll call you from Woodstock, Virginia and ask "Was I supposed to take this load to Woodstock, New York, or Woodstock, Vermont?" And have you ever kissed a trucker? They taste like bad tobacco and Slim Jims.
 
2011-09-02 01:05:12 PM
Putting molasses in the ground only encourages children to eat the dirt.
 
2011-09-02 01:08:12 PM

cirby: meat0918:
But we can trust business to self regulate!

Considering that this was an old military plant, the problem was more like "hey, this is for the government, just dump it anywhere."

A huge number of Superfund sites (and a lot of the worst ones) are old government-run sites, and were exempt from a lot of the controls that existed at the time.


yup, reminds me of Pratt & Whitney
 
2011-09-02 01:09:14 PM
I bet the ants love it too
 
2011-09-02 01:31:25 PM

Ball of Confusion: Headso: molasses is actually good for plants that make fruit, the simple sugars can be broken down by plants and turned into sweetness in your fruit, or pot.

it's also chock full o' calcium, iron, and potassium


It's also an incredibly high bioloigcal oxygen demand and when it runs off into nearby streams, it sucks all the oh two out of the water and you have a massive minnow/sunfish kill... then it smells like sulphur for two weeks.

Good stuff
 
2011-09-02 01:33:24 PM
brantgoose is cool
 
2011-09-02 01:34:26 PM

Quantum Apostrophe: Why don't we just shoot the contaminants into the sun with private space garbage people?
/Technology!
//It works, biatches.


Quantum Apostrophe (favorite: Idiot. Believes in life extension and that nothing useful ever came out of space exploration)
 
2011-09-02 01:51:47 PM
So you know the myth that only poor people live next to superfund sites? Well, it turns out that rich people do to. It's just that rich people pay to not be listed as a superfund site, which would destroy property values and drive away tourists.
 
2011-09-02 02:16:16 PM

iheartscotch: cirby: meat0918:
But we can trust business to self regulate!

Considering that this was an old military plant, the problem was more like "hey, this is for the government, just dump it anywhere."

A huge number of Superfund sites (and a lot of the worst ones) are old government-run sites, and were exempt from a lot of the controls that existed at the time.

The airport in town used to be a military base. One of the compounds they used on the aircraft (for cleaning) was carbon tetrachloride. So, don't drink the water, ever.


We have a train yard that used some tetrachloride compound for cleaning in the city of Eugene. The plume is headed right for the Willamette.

Also, I lived near a few superfund sites (deep shaft copper mining operations) for nearly a decade. At one point in the late 30's early 40's they were siphoning off old stamp sand that had accumulated over the past 60 years and had been dumped on the beaches and into the lakes in order to chemically extracting the remaining copper. No one thought twice about just dumping it right back into the lakes and on the beaches.

60 years later, you still can't eat the fish from some of those areas.
 
2011-09-02 02:50:53 PM
Next month: Molasses well begins operation in Florida, has already produced five tanker's worth.
 
2011-09-02 03:14:51 PM

abb3w: cirby: A huge number of Superfund sites (and a lot of the worst ones) are old government-run sites, and were exempt from a lot of the controls that existed at the time.

So more Quis custodiet ipsos custodes.


Probably one of my more favorite least used sayings.
 
2011-09-02 03:15:26 PM
www.411mania.com
Molasses? I'm gonna barbecue your ass in it!
 
2011-09-02 10:08:32 PM
Link (new window)

Only a matter of time.
 
2011-09-02 10:13:53 PM
Bah, should read thread first.
 
2011-09-02 10:49:09 PM

Shikigami: Link (new window)

Only a matter of time.


Exactly what I came here to make sure it got shared. I'm reading Dark Tide Link right now. I think I've gotten through the most gruesome parts, but I still have to take it in small doses.

/surreal
//most amazingly cool background details of American society at the time.
 
2011-09-02 10:59:10 PM
My apologies to JohnAnnArbor. It was over in one
 
2011-09-03 01:32:14 PM

DesertZephyr: Ball of Confusion: Headso: molasses is actually good for plants that make fruit, the simple sugars can be broken down by plants and turned into sweetness in your fruit, or pot.

it's also chock full o' calcium, iron, and potassium

It's also an incredibly high bioloigcal oxygen demand and when it runs off into nearby streams, it sucks all the oh two out of the water and you have a massive minnow/sunfish kill... then it smells like sulphur for two weeks.

Good stuff


That's assuming that the molasses is surface runoff. When its underground it moves slow enough and is consumed quickly enough that fish kills very rarely result.

This isn't even a Florida story really, we use molasses for remediation sites around the country. Just a few months ago, I dug a 700' trench and threw cow shiat 20' down to stop a TCE plume from an old factory in Michigan.
 
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