I'm unaware of any epidemiological studies on cancer rates surrounding Esco or rates of their workers., I would be interested in looking at them if you have any sources though.
Here's what I do know:
Esco releases toxics into the air daily (it's listed on their DEQ permit).
There was a constant dark gray dust covering the windows and windowsills of our apartment.
It smelled really bad, gave me headaches, my respitory system was irritated a lot.
After moving to NE the smell, headaches, and respiratory irritation stopped.
Fermentation happens in a contained system. Brewers have no incentive for alcohol to escape their premises. What you are smelling is the mash, starches being converted to sugar.
Cognac on the other hand, evaporates off 3-5% of the alcohol while it is developing/resting in oak barrels. The French, poetic as they are, refer to this as the 'Angel's Share'.
I used to live right across the street from Esco. You could hear them turning on one of their 'processes' and a few minutes later would be hit with the smell. Terrible, nauseating, headache inducing smell of hot-hot metal. And if you smell hot metal, it means you are inhaling metal, however small of particles it may be. This was back in 2003 and I seem to recall they were allowed by the state to release a couple (2-3 i think) of tons of lead into the air per year. This coupled with the rapidly accumulating grey dust that settled onto every flat surface of the apartment and the proximity to daily congestion of idling cars on the 405 was a good imperative to moving.
Dude, invest in the panniers. All those bags hangin from your handlebars is a crash waiting to happen.
I suck at poker. Go figure.
"you call this a vacation, two weeks under a light bulb in the basement?"
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