Entry for December 01, 2006

From Mike Jessen’s company  Zero Waste Solutions,   (email) part of the logo of  designed by Phil Testemale, which  symbolizes

the need to reduce the size of our ecological footprints–
the amount of land and sea area we use to sustain our current lifestyles.


Continued from yesterday:

In 2001, Mike Jessen operated Toenail Environmental Services, a consulting firm specializing in “helping companies and communities profit from environmental leadership.”  In 2002, he changed the company to Zero Waste Solutions, whose mission is to  help

 small and medium-sized businesses and communities align long-term business strategies with enhanced social and environmental performance.

While Chiquita has made strides through its participation in the Chiquita-Rainforest Alliance,  some question whether these  steps are sufficent. The  Organic Consumers Association   posted Jessen’s February 6, 2001 Alternet article, “Going Bananans” under the caption, “Chiquita-Going Green or Greenwashing Corporate Crime? “

I’ve  got to catch a bus, so I’ll write more tomorrow on Chiquita, Edelson and his theories,  and how the American Petroleum Institute efforts are not even up to Chiquita’s. 


I want to  share a look at Ken Ward, Jr.’s article today in the Charleston Gazette:  “Sago Mine cited for faulty breathing devices”

Want to file a FOIA?  Ken Ward had to before he could obtain a copy of a state citation issued following a September 7  inspection.  Jeff Bennett  of the state Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training’s Fairmont regional office, after receiving a complaint, examined  50 self-contained self rescuing devices (SCSRs) being worn by miners on  Sago’s two  shifts. Bennett cited ICG’s Wolf Run Mining Co. saying the company sent at least six miners underground with broken emergency breathing devices.

Ward writes,

On at least six of the devices, heat indicators showed the units were exposed to excessive heat that make them inoperable.

I’ve asked Ward to clarify the following:

Bennett tested the units, and found that two started properly when their activation tags were pulled. …One partly started and three did not work at all when their tags were pulled. Those four units started only after exhaled air was repeatedly blown into them to kick-start the oxygen flow.

In his two page report, Bennett wrote,

Miners wearing the SCSRs that failed the heat test also did not know that a temperature indicator existed and was part of the daily visual inspection, which indicates that the miners have not been properly trained.

In response toe Ward’s questions, ICG  spokesman Ira Gamm said that the company would contest the citation.  Despite Bennett’s comments about training Gamm claimed  the company expects the individual miners to inspect their own SCSRs on a daily basis.  In an email  to Ward,  Gamm wrote:

That includes a visual inspection of the SCSR’s heat indicator….If he finds the indicator does not pass visual inspection, he is expected to report it and the SCSR will immediately be removed from service and replaced.

Ward also writes that in easrly August, ICG had submitted an inventory to state regulators of more than 170 SCSRs used at the Sago Mine.  The company claimed the units had been inspected in June and passed all tests including those concerning heat indicators.  But,   Bennett noted in his inspection report that

most of the SCSRs he inspected were made before July 2004, when CSE added heat indicators to its units.

Ward adds that on August 31, the state mine safety office

warned operators that extreme heat — from storing SCSRs in parked vehicles — may have damaged units worn by the agency’s own inspectors.

Possibly most damning are federal court records which Ward writes indicate

the SCSR carried by Sago victim Jesse L. Jones, 44, of Pickens, was older than the recommended 10-year service life.

According to Ward,  ICG blamed a typographical error.



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