General Motors (GM), a Detroit based automaker, has announced it is shutting down, three assembly plants and two transmission plants…
It’s hard to believe that the shiny and sleek new vehicle that you so coveted one day will fall into disrepair and you will be making its “final arrangements”. May your car and you travel many safe miles together and may the parting at the very end be bittersweet. You know… if you stop to think about it, the life of your car takes on many phases from the very moment that it is a concept on paper in some automotive engineer’s mind, to an idea shared via a storyboard or slideshow during a meeting of the minds, to the actual construction of that vehicle, and the eventual purchase of it by you.
Everyone is familiar with how a major thoroughfare will close down after a fully-loaded tanker truck or semi-truck flips over. It contents often are strewn across the expressway or highway necessitating detours for drivers. But hand-in-hand with those detours is often the need to declare a hazmat situation. “Hazmat”, as you know, is the common term to describe hazardous materials. A fuel spill, followed by a nasty quick-starting fire, could close down a busy thoroughfare for hours, if not days.
But surprisingly, hazmat situations on the highway are not limited to fuel haulers or large trucks that have lost their load. A violent crash of two passenger vehicles can just as easily cause a hazardous materials situation.
Working for a better environment is something we inhabitants of Planet Earth must strive to do every day, not just every April 22nd, when Earth Day is celebrated. In striving for a cleaner and greener earth, we, as a nation must first lessen our carbon footprint.