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    Re: mercury spill advisory

    Posted by Fred R. Dressler on 7/22/04

    As well, don't you find it ironic that for 30 years the
    bottle has been in the home of a retired HS teacher who was
    never made aware of the loss?, don't you find it negligent for
    school employees who were aware of the loss taking over 20 years
    to report it?, don't you find it negligent as well when, after
    our first introduction this past February, that there is no
    desire to retrieve the bottle?, (stolen property), even after
    being informed of the potential of mass infliction... I gladly
    admit my fault, I only wish they would admit thiers, (I'm only
    asking them to retrieve the bottle and remaining content before
    another child finds it), my indiscretion as a child was 30+
    years ago, I believe what I see now is very much current,
    continued negligence.
    Thank you for your patience Mary, you have been a tremendous
    help in this time of great difficulty.

    On 7/22/04, Fred R. Dressler wrote:
    > Mary-
    > Thank you for the prompt reply, and yes we have discussed
    > it before, (the full extent was not known), and yes I am
    > altimately responsible for my actions and except my personal
    > fate, it is unfortunate however that so many others have been
    > affected by a culmination of negligence, this is merely a
    > posting of notice from, it is from a sense of
    > responcibility that leads me to warn any other(s) that may
    > have been exposed, my sole purpose is to get the word out, I
    > feel it my civic duty.
    > 7/22/04, Mary wrote:
    >> Hey Fred:
    >> We've discussed this before, haven't we. Tell us what you
    >> think your own level of negligence might be.
    >> Best Regards,
    >> Mary
    >> On 7/21/04, Fred R. Dressler wrote:
    >>> (1) Stevenson, (wa) Highschool Mercury spill
    >>> In 1970 a one pound flask of liquid mercury was taken from
    >>> the science lab by my brother John Dressler a juvinile
    >>> (now deceased), at the age of 8 I ingested a significant
    >>> amount of this material and subsequently spilled no less
    >>> than 12 oz.s on the second floor of the "old Ziegler home"
    >>> located on Gropper rd. directly across from the school.
    >>> My diagnosis of heavy metal poisoning and sence of civic
    >>> duty prompted me to contact local law inforcement, the
    >>> epa, school dist.303, the Ska. Co. Health dept. and the
    >>> Ska. Co. Pioneer,(sole media sorce of the county)and
    >>> lastly, (pursuent to fedral law concerning the spill of
    >>> one pound or more), to the National response agency.
    >>> After consulting Bryce A. McCollum Psy. D. (county
    >>> agent/sole psycologist) on the matter it was suggested
    >>> that I should contact anyone spending prolonged periods of
    >>> time in the house between 1970 and 1985 as the spilled
    >>> mercury permiated the second floor for over a decade,
    >>> eventually puddled between floors, seeping through the
    >>> kitchen ceiling as it evaporated.
    >>> After contacting no less than 15 individuals I was
    >>> astonished to find that 100&37;, (without exception) are
    >>> showing, not,"similar", symptoms, but rather, "Identical",
    >>> symptoms, this number could easily double or triple.
    >>> Feeling it a matter of public safety and awareness, I
    >>> contacted the Ska. Co Pioneer who informed me that they
    >>> could not print "supposition", (Although the flask was
    >>> personally handled by no less than 8 individuals and the
    >>> facts are irrefutable),and that the matter would have to
    >>> go through the Ska. Co. Health dept., who were in turn,
    >>> immediatly contacted.
    >>> The health dept. acknowledged receiving my prior
    >>> notification and deemed from their office chairs
    >>> that, "since the house was destroyed by fire in 1990, it
    >>> would no longer be a hazard", and, "Besides, that would
    >>> require testing, and guys in suits and stuff, you know how
    >>> it goes", needless to say I was surprised.
    >>> It would seem to me, that due to it's proximity to the
    >>> school, (less than 100 feet), that you would at least do a
    >>> prelimary, (enviromental level), test prior to reaching
    >>> that conclusion rather than reaching a conclusion prior to
    >>> any testing.
    >>> I then asked the Health Dept. "What about those
    >>> individuals that spent time in the house that I'm not
    >>> personally aware of?, don't they have a right to know that
    >>> they may have been exposed to a known health risk?", the
    >>> answer was "NO", I was astounded.
    >>> I then asked, "Isn't there a way you could inform the
    >>> public through a published advisory?", the answer was, "If
    >>> you want to inform the public you will have to file a
    >>> class action". I was appalled, (seems like a lot of
    >>> trouble to go though just to do what they should be doing,
    >>> looking out for the public's wellbeing).
    >>> I then stated that the bottle and it's remaining content
    >>> are still in existance today, ironically at the home of a
    >>> retired teacher who was never made aware of the loss, I
    >>> was merely asked, "Is the cap still on it?", and, "If so,
    >>> don't worry about it".
    >>> I found this last statement disconserting considering even
    >>> after 30+ years it was still considered, "stolen
    >>> property",and a hazardous material whose location was made
    >>> known, there was no attempt to retrieve it,are they
    >>> waiting for another 8 year old to open it?
    >>> The fact that the bottle was not reported missing until 20
    >>> years later by teachers who knew the loss, is no less than
    >>> gross negligence, the fact that nothing was mentioned to
    >>> the public and that there may still be enviromental or
    >>> health consequences, to me, is continued negligence.
    >>> Symptoms include: memory and speach difficulties,tremors
    >>> or involuntary muscle contractions, confusion, social
    >>> anxiety,(see EPA website/mercury).
    >>> If you or someone you know spent prolonged periods in the
    >>> afore mentioned house you are urged to contact me, The
    >>> only reason I've chosen this method to inform the public
    >>> is because of the Health Dept. and Pioneer's failure to do
    >>> so.
    >>> Fred R. Dressler
    >>> (904) 710-6166

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