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BurntOrange
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 7:45:27 AM

Epidemiologists are investigating an outbreak of valley fever that has sickened 28 workers at two large solar power construction sites in San Luis Obispo County.

Staff from the California Department of Public Health, and investigators from the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health and San Luis Obispo County visited the sites near the Carrizo Plain two months ago, officials said.

They identified the sites as the Topaz Solar Farm and California Valley Solar Ranch, two large-scale photovoltaic power plants whose construction often requires considerable scraping and clearing to make way for thousands of acres of solar panels.
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TruthMatters
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 3:34:34 PM

Were they wearing their personal protective equipment? Perhaps OSHA should be doing the investigation also
remay
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 12:47:02 PM

So even SOLAR is now no good?
jrs4125
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 4:50:12 AM

Dooooooh
fuel2use
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 9:29:15 PM

Information.
RitaVespa
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 6:41:49 PM

Oh no!
schatzila
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 2:29:29 PM

uh oh.
evowner
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 11:20:57 AM

Thousand of acres of solar panels on ground that was cheap. Cheap because no one could find a use for the land before. Wonder what is causing the outbreak?
peakkeller
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 11:20:54 AM

Valley fever, also known as Coccidioidomycosis, is contracted by breathing in fungal spores released when desert soils are disturbed.

This could have been prevented...
dodsworth
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 11:10:10 AM

Isn't this a risk that could have been predicted? Or did we, as we so often do, just barrel on in without thinking about the possibilities...?
humblepie
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 11:02:05 AM

i know im sick of solar articles on gasbuddy
teenitup
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 10:01:24 AM

Another example of risks in every endeavor, preventable with proper site management though.
RochBear
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 10:01:21 AM

this has almost nothing to do with the solar project, as it does with moving dessert dirt.
Skunk63
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 9:54:33 AM

Valley Fever sucks. And, yeah, off topic.
screwoilco
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 9:33:46 AM

What does this have to do with gas prices
merlinCO
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 9:31:02 AM

Plastic melting?
RNCII
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 9:30:11 AM

The green death is here.
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 8:48:13 AM

ok, stop breathing the desert
orphancarguyPE
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 8:47:46 AM

Living and doing ANYTHING at all in the desert may be hazardous to your health, whether you dig in the soil to plant a bunch of cactus, prisoners or solar panels. And, by the way, the sites do not look like strip mining underneath the panels. Anyone who says that obviously has not seen real strip mining if they think that.
lcleveland
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 8:42:54 AM

ok
EnviroChemist
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 8:26:01 AM

As the article stated; “The illness is prevalent in many areas of the California desert and is common among agricultural workers and construction crews”. So why even write the article?
AVKZ
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 8:15:59 AM

I didn't know there was such a thing.
bar1035
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 8:11:23 AM

It would look like strip mining if it wasn't covered by solar panels
Bttlecat
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 8:10:11 AM

Caused by disturbing desert soil, not an component of manufacture.
Hawg1408
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 8:03:27 AM

Interesting
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