04 Aug '11, 5pm

Mile After Mile of Tornado Debris

Mile After Mile of Tornado Debris

Nicole Bengiveno/The New York Times A residential area of Joplin, Mo., after a tornado tore through in May. People might think that a disaster is no time to be thinking about recycling. But as my article on the enormous challenges involved in removing this year’s tornado debris reflects, the Environmental Protection Agency and state environmental officials take seriously the goal of cleaning up disasters in a responsible way. That means burning less of the debris than communities might have in the past and putting it in safe landfills. It also means separating out the toxic materials that can lead to environmental damage down the road. The Environmental Protection Agency regularly updates its list of tanks, containers and other materials that should be sorted out of the debris stream here . David Bryan, a spokesman for the E.P.A., said that the agency has stepped up effort...

Full article: http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/08/04/mile-after-mile...

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