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Coroner Will Be on "Larry King Live" Tonight Talking About Task

by Last Night in Little Rock

Yesterday we reported "word on the street" that a coroner was going on "Larry King Live" to talk about the Federal Emergency Mismanagement Agency's refusal to allow coroners to handle the remains of the dead in New Orleans.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette confirms today that he will be on.

At the morgues, Malcolm supervised an international crew of forensic investigators, police officers, firefighters and other rescue personnel who prepared bodies for transport home.

Pulaski County Judge Buddy Villines said Malcolm called him Sunday, describing difficulties cutting through the bureaucratic red tape. "He was having a few problems getting set up and he asked me to contact [former FEMA director ] James Lee Witt," Villines said. "I did that on Sunday night."

Malcolm wouldn’t discuss any difficulties he’s encountered in his duties.

Jay Kirsch, a spokesman for Kenyon, which FEMA contracted to set up the morgue facilities, said progress has been slow.

"We shipped out last Thursday, brought all our stuff up there," Kirsch said. "That’s the frustration. The trickle-down from Washington isn’t trickling fast enough."

Malcolm’s wife, Mara Malcolm, who works in the Pulaski County prosecuting attorney’s office, said she speaks to her husband daily and that he is anxious to begin identifying the bodies of the dead and to give them the dignity they deserve.

"For a man who has dedicated his entire adult life to protecting the dignity of human life," she said, "the waiting is hard for him."

She said he was scheduled to appear on CNN’s Larry King Live today to talk about his duties.

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    Re: Coroner Will Be on "Larry King Live" Tonight T (none / 0) (#1)
    by Edger on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:03:26 PM EST
    I wish we had an open thread that I could post this in. I think it merits much discussion... and I'd like to see what links others here can find on this topic... and the impact of pumping out this toxic soup, untreated, directly into the gulf... Another nightmare resulting from idiotic policies of allowing failed, fake, leadership? We all bear responsibility here, I believe. Katrina Poses Potential Environmental Nightmare That water will have to be eventually pumped out of New Orleans. But where? Back into the Gulf of Mexico, say experts. As Ken Green, executive director of the Environmental Literacy Council, explains, there is simply no other option except to send the untreated water back into the Gulf. "They have had a lot of sewage and a lot of chemicals that has hit the water, and there's really no way to treat that amount of water that they're going to have to pump out of the entire city. And, so, it's going to be dumped straight into the Gulf [of Mexico], which means you're going to have higher concentrations of those kinds of toxins in the Gulf waters. As I said, the scale of the disaster is such that you can't run this water through a treatment system to purify it before you put it out in the ocean," he said...

    I haven't stopped thinking about this since they announced e-coli. Is there any way to treat the water before they pump it back into the lake?

    Re: Coroner Will Be on "Larry King Live" Tonight T (none / 0) (#3)
    by Edger on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:03:26 PM EST
    gentlyweepingguitar: any way to treat the water before they pump it back into the lake? Apparently the plan is to pump it into the ocean. And the volume of liquid is so large that there is no effective way to treat it first. Doesn't bode well for the fishing industry off NO, I imagine...or for the environment generally...

    Re: open thread. There will be one tomorrow and Friday as I'll be traveling and posting much less frequently.

    Actually most of the water is being pumped into Lake Ponchartrain, which will ultimately end up in the gulf, but the lake will serve as a sort of buffer which should improve the water quality somewhat before it gets to the gulf. Of course that will happen at the expense of Lake Ponchartrain, the southern portion of which will likely be ecologically devastated. There are some things they can do to treat the lake water, including aeration, that will help kill off the anaerobic microbes and promote the growth of beneficial bacteria that will digest a lot of the pollution. It will take years to remediate the environmental damage, but it will be done.

    Re: Coroner Will Be on "Larry King Live" Tonight T (none / 0) (#6)
    by Edger on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:03:26 PM EST
    TalkLeft:
    Posted by TalkLeft at September 7, 2005 06:25 PM Re: open thread. There will be one tomorrow and Friday as I'll be traveling and posting much less frequently.
    Thanks! EPA: Contaminated floodwater dangerous 9/7/2005, 7:39 p.m. CT By LAURAN NEERGAARD The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) Floodwaters in New Orleans contain levels of sewage-related bacteria that are at least 10 times higher than acceptable safety limits, endangering rescue workers and remaining residents who even walk in it, federal officials said Wednesday...

    Re: Coroner Will Be on "Larry King Live" Tonight T (none / 0) (#7)
    by Edger on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:03:26 PM EST
    Ditto:
    It will take years to remediate the environmental damage
    Have you seen or heard any assessments of safety and liveability of the city land area itself, after the contaminated water is pumped out?

    Re: Coroner Will Be on "Larry King Live" Tonight T (none / 0) (#8)
    by MikeDitto on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:03:26 PM EST
    edger: Nothing reliable. Everything from people moving back starting in 3 weeks to claims that the cleanup costs would exceed the GNP for the year. I wonder what happened to the coroner... Larry King mentioned him a couple of times, but he never materialized.

    Re: Coroner Will Be on "Larry King Live" Tonight T (none / 0) (#9)
    by Edger on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:03:26 PM EST
    Ditto: Nothing reliable. It may be that there's no way to know till the water is drained and the tests can be done... wonder what happened to the coroner... logistics, maybe, or someone give him a reason to rethink going on the air?

    Sean Penn was very interesting when he spoke about the Lieutenant Governor. He called the Lt. Gov a hero and said he was asked not to talk about blame until the rescue missions were over but much will come out in the wash.