Turning to environmental protection issues: Q: when is 2500 gallons of cream a hazmat? A: when it’s spilled into an upstate creek that’s part of the New York City drinking water system http://www.thedailystar.com/news/lo...cle_3f4d07c7-b564-5ad5-bec6-c3d0bccbf22e.html EDIT: with photos http://www.wbng.com/story/34053358/milk-truck-spills-in-delhi-turns-stream-white If there’s any law enforcement agency that didn’t show up to this thing it must be because of the traffic jam on a two-lane road. Ten separate entities were summoned to deal with the incident in total and that’s before any towing or bridge repairs. Just the paperwork expense should be worth another fine. Well, maybe they get to skip this month’s drill. What’s also noteworthy is the fact that the plant out at Fraser’s on NYS Route 10 is importing cream from the state of Michigan… trucked there by a driver from Houston, Texas. Meanwhile local dairy farmers continue to have to diversify or sell their farms. Not only has globalization changed the planet, industry consolidation has managed to switch up the small dairy farmers big time. And definitely gone are the days of switching off the paddles on the bulk tanks on Saturday night because Sundays were a day off for agencies measuring butterfat, so an excellent time to score a little something for ice cream with Sunday dinner. Laughing to think of the feral cats and other critters who may have had the best pre-Christmas breakfast of their lives yesterday if they happened to be hanging out near Platner Brook before the folks who consider cream a hazmat showed up to spoil the fun. There was a light coating of fresh snow along the creekbanks, and it was around 20 degrees, so... ice cream makes a pretty fancy breakfast for the average red fox. I was going to put this in Current Events but then I realized like almost everything else today, it could be viewed as a political post. Plus, we could springboard this into reasons why we don't need the EPA. One reason might be if you're a red fox that develops a taste for ice cream on the rocks of Platner Brook. On the other hand if you're a fan of NYC drinking water than you can be sure we up here were on the job yesterday making sure the cream from Michigan set free by that loose cannnon of a tanker driver from Texas did not manage to despoil the Delaware Watershed's contribution to NY's water supply. No charge from the critters who helped contain the mess before the two-legged law enforcement officials showed up. Maybe this wannabe EPA head Scott Pruitt can depend on red foxes and feral cats to keep a lot of stuff out of the water supply for free, who knows.