Fateful Harvest: The True Story of a Small Town, a Global Industry, and a Toxic Secret

Number 18637
Subject Waste Disposal
Source HarperCollins (New York)
State NY
Year 2001
Publication Date Sept. 4
Summary Wilson's book tells how "toxic heavy metals, dioxins and radioactive wastes are being recycled as fertilizer on farms, yards and gardens nationwide." The author profiles a small farming town - Quincy, Washington - and depicts the local government and community controversial reactions to the use of the unsafe fertilizer. The main finding is that "some large, polluting industries saved millions of dollars in hazardous-waste disposal costs through the fertilizer loophole, while the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) looked the other way."
Category Contest Certificate
Pages 5
Keywords BOOK;environment;pollution;agriculture;farming;Association of American Plant Food;chemical manufacturers;lead;contamination
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