The Stench from Hartland Farms applying liquid waste on 9/1/2016 is dangerous for pregnant women, elderly and residents trying to breathe, particularly those with respiratory challenges. Today’s waste application is on Hay field, Northwest corner of Beecher and Henning Highway. Wind gusts 14 mph, NNE.
Rural Lenawee County residents are being exposed to Hydrogen Sulfide levels that are typically seen only around industrial plants and landfills, and thousands of times the levels naturally present.
Acute Exposure (Reference: Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry, (CDC)
Hydrogen sulfide can cause inhibition of the cytochrome oxidase enzyme system resulting in lack of oxygen use in the cells. Anaerobic metabolism causes accumulation of lactic acid leading to an acid-base imbalance. The nervous system and cardiac tissues are particularly vulnerable to the disruption of oxidative metabolism and death is often the result of respiratory arrest. Hydrogen sulfide also irritates skin, eyes, mucous membranes, and the respiratory tract. Pulmonary effects may not be apparent for up to 72 hours after exposure.
Children do not always respond to chemicals in the same way that adults do. Different protocols for managing their care may be needed. If you are experiencing health problems after this exposure, contact a physician for care.