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More Environmentalist Lunacies
Three items from the March/April, 1997 issue of a newsletter that someone brought
to my attention:
"Wake-Up Call America"
P.O. Box 280488
Web Access: http://www.eazy.net/users/wakeup
- A self-employed truck mechanic in Pennsylvania removed 7,000 used tires
and assorted rusting auto parts from his land, left by the previous owner.
The resulting violations charged by the EPA landed him with a three-year jail
sentence and fines totaling $202,000. The water contained in the decaying
tires and rusty holes in the ground qualified the area as a protected "wetland."
The mechanic was a Hungarian who had fled communist bureaucratic tyranny in
- An employee of a California construction company accidentally spilled one
barrel of oil on an empty lot. Over a dozen government agencies commenced
investigations, that grew to involve hundreds of investigators. The owner
of the company admitted that he got exasperated and very angry. So the commissars
decided to make an example of him. The imposed fines totaled over $20 million,
forcing the business to close.
- A community in California was declared a protected habitat for the vampire
spider. The vampire spider doesn't even belong there but was accidentally
released after being brought back from Venezuala. It is venomous, and a single
bite can be fatal to an adult. However, it's illegal to kill one. More valuable,
presumably, than American children.