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I-70 aerosol

Steve Zorichak

Aerosol is a noun, defined as “a gaseous suspension of fine solid or liquid particles.”

The swirling-turbulent-mist rising from the tires of fast-moving vehicles on the higher-speed highways is an aerosol of both solid and liquid particles depending upon whether it is sunny or storming.

We might ask the Holy Cross Electrical maintenance personnel at their electrical transformer substation in Eagle-Vail whether they would identify that which coats their equipment as an aerosol, and they would probably say that this is much too polite a word for naming the mist they must deal with that causes electrical outages due to the electrical conductivity of the magnesium chloride solids suspended and dissolved in this roadside fog.

Gulf and Western Industries was involved in a Superfund cleanup of the Mailot Park tailings pile from the New Jersey Zinc Mine at Gilman. This was to cap the tailings pile so that dust laden with toxic heavy metal dust and acidic water draining into the Eagle River would be contained, and not endanger the health of students and school district employees residing south of Minturn.

An advertising section of a recent national periodical reported new findings on toxicology of arsenic poisoning aiding in cancerous growth due to the inhibiting of the natural immune response.

Should we all be concerned with the notion that both Battle Mountain High School (across I-70 from Holy Cross) and the Vail Mountain School are both adjacent to heavily-magnesium chloride-treated-high-speed highways?

Do these comments on our local environments have any relationship to one another? Should air quality monitors such as are used at Mailot Park be considered? Should Eagle County and Colorado health agencies be concerned if a relationship between these topics might exist?

Who is going to be bold enough to say there is no chance of a relationship between three such different topics of concern?

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