Wednesday, January 8, 2014

The Old Days At Schering Plough -- "Open Pit Pharming"? An Environmental Nightmare. . .


This is a new post, simply to highlight (and thank!) a commenter -- for the contribution -- to the last post:

. . . .Anonymous said:

It was common knowledge within S+P that in the 'old days' there were open retention pits where the company was allowed to dump manufacturing spillage/waste. These eventually were capped and allowed to overgrow with grass and trees. This was a common practice in NJ for many of the pharma companies. Look up the history for Ciba-Geigy, Roche and Merck.

For a more interesting story, go check out the history of Westinghouse in Bloomfield NJ. It dumped spillage of the uranium processing for the bomb during WWII in a local landfill and down the drain.

January 8, 2014 at 7:55 AM. . . .


Based on my experiences, I'd say Anon. is largely right -- as to that by-gone era. . .

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

While not the S+P property, but as always, Nature seems to be indifferent~~~

http://www.nj.com/bergen/index.ssf/2013/05/meet_the_bald_eagles_who_built_their_nest_on_a_toxic_waste_site.html

..."on the site of a former paper mill so laden with harmful chemicals that regulators want to see the soil carted off and capped."


http://www.nj.com/bergen/index.ssf/2014/01/watch_eagles_nest_on_ridgefield_park_toxic_waste_site.html#incart_river_default

Jean Giaimis said...

Does anyone here know the landfill where Westinghouse dumped the processed Uranium? This was mentioned in a January 14,2014 blog. I'm currently writing a book about the Westinghouse Lamp Division that was in Bloomfield from 1907 until it was sold to Phillips in 1983.