Better dig it all up then

A corner of Tuscany famous for its cowboys and long-horned cattle is fighting a mining company\’s plans to dig for a rare but toxic type of metal.

Mmmm…antimony.

\”This metal has been compared to arsenic in terms of its toxicity,\” Maurizio Rossi, a lawyer who lives in Manciano, a picturesque hill top town which lies close to the proposed mine, told La Repubblica newspaper.

Amelia Gatacre, 50, a British designer who owns a house in the area, told The Daily Telegraph: \”The mine will destroy an extraordinary, untouched part of Tuscany in which there is a lot of organic farming. It could pollute water supplies forever.\”

Contaminate water supplies? Oh my.

Better dig it all up then, out of the way of all that rain seeping down through the earth, and stick it into flame retardants where it won\’t eh?

3 thoughts on “Better dig it all up then”

  1. So Much For Subtlety

    “The mine will destroy an extraordinary, untouched part of Tuscany in which there is a lot of organic farming. It could pollute water supplies forever.”

    She does not have to worry. Antimony was not created in a factory. It is a natural product. It was discovered before 1945. So organic farms can be drenched in the stuff and they will still be organic. What a relief that will be for her.

  2. “Antimony (Latin: stibium) is a chemical element with symbol Sb and atomic number 51. A lustrous gray metalloid, it is found in nature mainly as the sulfide mineral stibnite (Sb2S3).”

    “Pastes of Sb2S3 powder in fat[5] or in other materials have been used since ca. 3000 BC as eye cosmetics in the Middle East and farther afield; in this use, Sb2S3 is called kohl. It was used to darken the brows and lashes, or to draw a line around the perimeter of the eye.”

    Amelia Gatacre might be able to use it in a fashion show!

  3. Whilst ambling around Tuscany this Christmas, I’ll look into the incidence of NIMBY s. They are also pollutants.

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