and streets, I think this order needs to have an amendment where business provide more waste receptacles in their parking lots to dispose of these masks. This will encourage individuals to throw them away properly and not reuse them. Perhaps above those receptacles needs to be a sign reminding individuals to wash their reusable face coverings after each use. I am aware that there are already laws against littering, but I personally have gone to many businesses where there are not any trash cans out in the parking lot, and I am forced to take a dirty mask off in my car. Then I am more apt to contaminate the environment in my car and possibly reuse a dirty mask. I personally think there needs to be more education posted in public places on how to properly go about wearing, disposing, and cleaning of face coverings. I believe this would make the environment, especially in my area, safer and cleaner.
Reference Abbot, G.W. (2020). Governor Abbott establishes statewide face covering requirement, issues proclamation to limit gatherings. Retrieved July 10, 2020 from news/post/governor-abbott-establishes- statewide-face-covering-requirement-issues-proclamation-to-limit- gatherings Reply Reply to Comment o Collapse Subdiscussion Oluyemisi Adenugba Oluyemisi Adenugba 5:19pmJul 11 at 5:19pm Manage Discussion Entry Hi Lisa, It is interesting to see the Texas Governor taking such a bold step by mandating the use of facial mask during this coronavirus pandemic. I think this is a needed mandate especially in buildings. I reside in Georgia state and the governor hasn't taken this step. Health care workers in GA have signed a petition urging the governor to make the wearing of face masks in public a statewide mandate. Reply Reply to Comment Collapse Subdiscussion Shannon Anderson Shannon Anderson 8:32amJul 11 at 8:32am Manage Discussion Entry Living in Amarillo, I have always heard the elderly community complain about being exposed to toxic chemicals from the Pantex Plant located about 15 miles outside of Amarillo. Pantex is a national nuclear weapons facility which covers about 16,000 acres (United States Environmental Protection Agency, n.d.). In 2008 the environmental protection agency found that the soil and groundwater at the site of the Pantex plant had at
least 47 contaminated units (United States Environmental Protection Agency, n.d.). At this time the EPA became more concerned with the risk associated with these contaminants and to the community and began to require corrective measures as well as implement the groundwater pump and treat systems as well as the SVE system which removes gases and non-aqueous liquids from the soil. The EPA has provided a list of actions needed to remedy this concern which include disposal, excavation, monitoring, treatment, and other cleanup remedies which can be found under the “Operable Units” tab on the EPA.gov webpage. The EPA initially began starting the remedial investigation in 1991 and has continued to review the cite and impose new remedies every five years since this time. The last review completed at the Pantex plant site was in
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