Is this waste safe?

Bold statements from Honolulu that medical waste washed out of a defective coastal landfill site to contaminate the ocean, now washing up on shore, presents no risk of infection.

Context is everything. If the waste has not first been treated to render it safe – and though I have no evidence about that the photographic evidence suggests its never been through any type of heat treatment – then time since deposit, the range of organisms that might be present, and the possibility of anyone coming into contact with it all contribute to the assessment of risk.

With almost any bug present in these items, no prior treatemnt and teh possibility that the most recent wastes deposited were among that lost to the sea, and the perhaps considerable risk of exposure for bathers and beach users at points outside those which have been restricted, I would say that claiming this presents no risk is a hell of a gamble.

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