Waste those milk ad parody stickers, commissioners say

Herald staff

RICHLAND — A sticker that shows a cow eating what appears to be radioactive grass is drawing heat from Benton County commissioners.

State Ecology Department officials distributed the stickers at a meeting about two weeks ago. In a parody of the national "Got Milk?" advertisements, they show a cow with a pale green mustache across its white snout and the words, "Got vit?"

"Vit" refers to vitrification, the process of converting radioactive waste into glass. The state agency enforces the federal government’s obligations to build vitrification plants.

In letters to Gov. Gary Locke and three state legislators, commissioners called the stickers "reckless" and the mustache "apparently a radioactive ‘moo-stache.’ "

The letter requested an apology from State Ecology Director Tom Fitzsimmons and an immediate recall of the stickers.

The stickers first appeared at a Hanford Advisory Board meeting about two weeks ago.

"We think the stickers are cute, but they contain inappropriate information that’s detrimental to the agricultural industry," said Max Benitz Jr., county commission chairman.

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