Copyright © 1997 The Seattle Times Company
Friday, July 4, 1997

Background & related info.

by Duff Wilson
Seattle Times staff reporter

Copyright 1997, Seattle Times Co.

Here are some officials to call or write if you're concerned about the use of hazardous wastes in fertilizers:

* Gov. Gary Locke, Legislative Building, Olympia, WA 98504. 360-753-6780.

* Jim Jesernig, Director, Washington Department of Agriculture, 1111 Washington St., Olympia WA 98504. 360-902-1801.

* Bruce Miyahara, Secretary, Washington State Department of Health, 1112 SE Quince Street, Olympia, WA 98504. 360-753-5871.


* Rep. Gary Chandler, Chairman, Agriculture and Ecology Committee, 407 John L. O'Brien Building, Olympia, WA 98504. 360-786-7932.

* Sen. Bob Morton, Chairman, Agriculture and Environment Committee, 115-D Institutions Building, P.O. Box 40482, Olympia, WA 98504. 360-786-7612.

* Daniel Glickman, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, 14th Street and Independence Avenue SW, Washington, D.C. 20250. 202-720-3631.


* Carol Browner, Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 401 M Street SW, Washington, D.C. 20460. 202-260-4700.


* Sen. Harry Reid, SH-528 Hart Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20510-2803. 202-224-3542 Reid sponsored a lead-reduction law in 1994.

* Sen. Richard Lugar, Chairman, Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee, SH-306 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20510. 202-224-4814.

* Rep. Robert Smith, Chairman, Agriculture Committee, 1126 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515. 202-225-6730.

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Background & related info.

  • Fear in the Fields, Part 1 & 2
  • Examples throughout the country
  • Tag-along toxics
  • From factories to fields
  • Two approaches to toxins in fertilizer
  • Chart: heavy metals in fertilizers
  • What's known, and not known, about toxics, plants and soil
  • Experts: How to reduce risk
  • Resources on the World Wide Web