Saturday, September 02, 2006
The EkoKGB strikes at the Glass Factory
Israel manufactures and exports high quality security glass panels for autobuses and armed vehicles. This important defense industry is being attacked by the EcoKGB which has posed unreasonable and impossible demands. In face of persistent EkoKGB sabotage, the factory may have to close its Israel plant and move to China.
The factory has a concentration of about 2 ppm boron in its wastewater. Boron is a harmless element, except for citrus. Irrigation with water of high boron content treated wastewater may cause accumulation of the element in the soil and damage lemontress and reduce yields. So boron is forbidden in Israel, possibly the only place in the world, because we reuse water so extensively.
I am pretty sure that the glass factory's boron comes from the glass itself, which is made up of boro silicates and aluminates. It is unsoluble boron jailed in fine glass powder. It is not the form of boron targeted by the Ministry of Enviroment. Glass bottles do not lixiviate free boron into the environment, they are totally inert and stable. Anyway, the factory does not want to spend money in demonstrating to the EkoKGB that its boron does not contaminate the enviroment, so I am advising to install a settler to separate the heavier glass and to solve the problem.
Another issue we have is machine oil. The mineral oil content of the water at the factory outlet shown levels that are well below regulation. So theoretically we have no problem at all. But the EkoKGB thinks that the sample should be taken from the facgtory floor alone, undiluted by office and kitchen waters. At the outlet of the factory floor we are slightly higher than regulation. Instead of fighting the EkoKGB sabotageurs, my advise is an underground grease and oil interceptor as shown in the illustration. It costs about 3,000 dollars, but the factory hates to spend on unnecessary facilities, and this investments is not only unproductive and wasteful, but unjust and unreasonable too.
I told the manager that he should write down this expense as another cost of making business in Israel. In other countries this cost may take the form of campaign contributions or providing call girls to the police chief. Our bureaucrats wouldnt take money but they seek to be shown extra harsh and uncorruptible, which is just another form of corruption.