Date: 17 Jan 99 02:37:31 From: "Peter Mchugh"<Peter.Mchugh@faa.gov> References: 1 2 3 Followups: 1
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I agree with your proposition that people should be considered first... and it is principally for our (people's) future that I am concerned.... continuous dumping of petroleum products (whether a couple of quarts of used auto oil dumped in back yards, gallons of seepage from storage facilities, or thousands of gallons of atomized jet fuel) being dispersed over the earth for a hundred years can hardly produce a positive environment for my children's children....Mind's eye sees the gradual evolution of man's physiology trying to accommodate the long term attack of all the pollutants we casually dismiss as "necessary" for today's activities (in the instant case, dumping fuel as an inconclusive intervention aimed at a nebulous safety benefit for a few hundred folks) leaving us looking like one of the alien creatures created for "Star Trek". The rational mind cries out for a more judicious approach (not forgetting that other creatures may be equally important to earth's long term prospects). In the spirit of Bluecoat (and the holiday season) my thought was that we could all advocate a position on this subject some where between the extremes.... that dumping in some cases might be absolutely the correct policy, but that we should move far from the current tendency to dump anytime a temp or pressure climbs above the yellow, or anytime an engine gives indications below 100%...or where landing weights might be marginally exceeded. Please note that these remarks are my personal point of view and may not be consistent with my employers stated or intended policy... Happy Holidays to all!!!!