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More EPA messing with your mind
CCHW received documents showing a pattern of collu- sion and
conspiracy, Watergate-style, by EPA head Wm. Reilly, Nat'l Wildlife
Federation head Jay Hair and Dean Buntrock, head of Waste Management. It
started last spring when Reilly reopened EPA's case ag- ainst No.
Carolina for blocking new hazwaste sites. The case was closed in the
Reagan Admin.'s final days after protests from Congress and
environmentalists. Two sets of criminal allegations were filed against
Reilly by senior EPA officials, Wm. Sanjour and Hugh Kaufman char- ging
him with improper, if not illegal, conduct in revers- ing EPA policy
after being lobbied by Dean Buntrock. Details in CCHW's EVERYONE'S
BACKYARD (Fall, '89).
Sanjour & Kaufman's 2nd complaint charges EPA's Inspector General took
their 1st complaint right to Reilly and alleg- edly helped him devise a
coverup. The IG delayed official investigations for 41 days. Key wit-
nesses then gave cover stories contradicting documentary evidence.
Documents feature Nat'l Wildlife head Jay Hair's role in the scandal.
CCHW has a copy of Hair's handwritten note to Reilly jotted below a news
story on SC refusing to take other state's hazwaste. Hair wrote:
"Bill---If at all possible I would like to arrange a breakfast meeting
with you, Dean Buntrock (Chairman/ CEO, Waste Mgt. Inc. and member of NWF
Board) and myself to discuss national implication of above situation AND
for you to get to know Dean better. How 'bout Breakfast March 16-March
17, Crystal Gate- way Marriott, Arlington (site of our Annual meeting),
Thanks, Jay." Also in the evidence is a typed agenda listing a series of
"capacity assurance" issues and a 126-pg briefing file. Reilly told the
Wins- ton-Salem Journal on 4/21/89 he decided to go after NC because of
that meeting. But when Reilly, Hair and Bunt- rock were questioned by
Inspector General staff, they de- nied talking about ANY of these issues.
EPA's IG thus con- cluded there was no wrongdoing, documents to the con-
trary and closed the case. This prompted Sanjour & Kauf- man to file
their 2nd of criminal allegations. Since EPA's Inspector General seems
part of the cabal, justice may have to come from outside, maybe in the
form of a Spec- ial Prosecutor. But this incident could end Reilly's
honey moon with media and environmental groups who applauded the 1st
"professional environmentalist" chief of EPA.
GRASSROOTS CONVENTION '89
We're still counting the number of grassroots leaders who came to
Grassroots Convention '89 on Oct 6-8, since it was twice the number we
expected. Approx. 1000 leaders from around the world assembled to cele-
brate the growth, power and victories of the Grassroots Movement for
Environmental Justice. Convention dele- gates also worked in issue groups
to develop a series of ideas for actions for the Movement to consider
over the next few years. Since this is ACTION BULLETIN, you'll see the
Call for Action in a special section in this issue. Stories, pictures and
more details will appear in the Christmas Issue of EVERYONE'S BACKYARD.
NO LOVE CANAL RESETTLEMENT--YET
Thousands of you wrote letters to Gov. Mario Cuomo and EPA chief Wm.
Reilly to protest plans to rename Love Canal the "Sunrise City" and move
low-income people into homes on the still-contaminated site. Greenpeace's
can- vasser's, without even being asked, collected hundreds of letters
[our warmest thanks to Greenpeace].
We're proud to report that they made a difference. Here's what we
did with your letters. On Sept. 15, CCHW, Greenpeace, NY Toxics Coalition
and allies rallied nearly 500 people at Governor Mario Cuomo's mansion in Albany. Your letters were rung on the same red ribbon that was used at Love Canal during the 1978-80 fight as a symbol. WhileComo hid out in his mansion, we conducted a candle light vigil outside and strung the letter-laden ibon on the wrought iron fence. Then on Oct. 7, a high point at Grassroots Convention '89 was a simlarribbon/letter presentation to EPA's Lew Crampton, who represented Wm. Reilly (who has his own prblem).
Where do things stand? We're still sending your letters on to Cuomo and Reilly, who have yet to spond officially. However, the resettlement plan appeared to be on indefinite hold. Another rally wl take place Nov. 12 at Love Canal itself.
For 6 years, our home office has been in the "Roach Motel," a low-rent, somewhat ragged buildingt 2315 Wilson Blvd. in Arlington. Because we're near a subway stop, office high-rise development ha een going on around us for years and we've known it was only a matter of time before we got evicte. wice before, we've asked you to give to our "Shelter Fund" for the eventual day when we were to b gien the boot. On Oct. 1, that day came. By April 1, we must be out of the Roach Motel so a parkin garge can be built. Even when you know it's coming, it's still a shock. Due to your past generosit, we ave some money set aside for new quarters. But what we'd like to do is secure a permanent homeand ths will take mega-bucks, which needless to say, we don't have lying in the bank. In the next cuple ofweeks, you'll be getting a special appeal to help us secure a permanent home for CCHW, YOUR enter fo environmental justice. I hope you will watch for this mailing and do all you can to help.--Lois Gibs.
NEW STAFF: I'm also pleased to introduce three new staff members. ROBBIN LEE ZEFF will be working iour home office to help with fundraising and with the new Community Leadership Development traininggant program that offers mini-grants for training to volunteer groups in the Movement for Environmeta Justice. See the special section in this Action Bulletin with info on how to apply. Even if you'e nt incorporated or have never sought grants before, you're eligible to apply---in fact, we'll eve hel you through the process so you can learn from the experience and I urge you to do so.
To fill the vacancy in our Appalachian Field Office, we've hired both DIANA STECK in SW Penn. anPETE CASTELLI in SW Virginia. They, also with SALLY TEETS, who's been covering the region in Linda ede's absence with basically provide triple coverage to this vital part of the country. Diana is wel nown to people in Western PA as the veteran leader who's led Concerned Residents of the Yough in uko, PA and helped found the Penn. Environmental Network. Pete was an organizer in So. VA with SoutsideConcerned Citizens and then went on to co-found and direct the GA Environmental Project. Both Pte an Diana are skilled, experienced folks and natives of the region. See office list on the back pge of his issue for addresses and phone numbers.
Finally, THIS IS YOUR LAST ACTION BULLETIN!
Starting with the first issue of 1990, ACTION BULLETIN and EVERYONE'S BACKYARD will be combined inta new magazine format and will come to you 6 times a year. For years, we've struggled with such nesetter prob- lems as a rapidly growing list and mushrooming costs. Yet, the Movement also keeps groin and making more news. In past years, we've sent you Action Bulletin and Everyone's Backyard quarerl, 8 issues a year. Space constraints and time lags have been a constant headache: how do we giveyou LL the news that's fit to use and do it in a timely way, while spending your membership mon- eywell?The answer is to combine the two newsletters and put them out more often than either one alone This ay, we save members' money AND get you the news more rapidly. Since we will carry all the bes aspect of both newsletters in all six issues of the NEW Everyone's Backyard, you'll actually get mre!. Furher, after we surveyed our readship, we're going ahead with accepting advertising from ethial companes as another way to make the new Everyone's Backyard magazine self-sufficient.We'll be wecoming you comments on the new format and hope you'll like it!
Exxon declared victory and ended its version of cleanup in Prince Wm. Sound, Alaska. Exxon head Lawnce Rawl claims EXXON's public image is untainted, despite the outrage over the 10.9M gal spill. "Pole realize that accidents can happen." But, the boycott called against Exxon is working. By Septemer 40,000 credit cards had been returned to Exxon in protest. Exxon named the promised "environmentlis" to its Board. Believe it or not (see story, p. 1) many environmentalists had been pushing NWF' JayHair. But Exxon picked Dr. John H. Stede, a marine scientist from the Woods Hole Oceano- graphi Insttute who was quickly attacked by environ- mentalists who wanted a strong advocate. Brent Black welde (FOE/EPI): "It's an outrage....it's not what we understood by the appointment of an environmntalist" Stede says he isn't an "environmentalist" at all: "I think the term environmentalist has oo many olitical implications....I have not been involved in advocacy on either side of these issue."
WMI BURNER NIXED
Waste Management's Chicago
hazwaste incinerator was denied an operating license by IL-EPA, citing 96 deficiencies in their pert application, including hazards in their waste storage and burning practices. Further, WMI hasn't e aside enough money to cover eventual cleanup needs. In the last AB, we reported a record $4.5M fie gainst WMI for this facility by USEPA. The site remains open while WMI appeals.
Polluter Group Grant Cancelled
EPA was forced to cancel the community Technical Assistance Grant it made to a Jacksonville, Ark. gup that is allegedly funded and run by the polluters at the Superfund site they sought the grant toadress. CCHW uncovered documents in the Dallas EPA Regional Office that showed EPA knew the group ws polluter front, but instead of rejecting the application outright, advised the group on how to cverp their polluter affiliations. When FBI investigations began on the grant, EPA decided to cancelthe rant, rather than risk a widening scandal.
ACTION ON STYROFOAM
McDonald's showed its first serious dip in US sales in years---1% overall and 5% if you factor in mor burger price cutting. Only thru sale of assets could McDs show a 2nd quarter profit. CCHW's McTois Campaign to get McD's to stop using styrotrash surely didn't help McDs profit picture.
McD's stills says the answer to its trash problem is to "recycle" styrofoam. One way McD's "recycle is to burn it in mini-incinerators behind its restaurants. McDs calls them (no joke) "Archie McPufs" The other is to claim its styrofoam can be recycled in a multi-million dollar white elephant recclng plant it supports in Brooklyn, run by Amoco.
But even the plastics industry takes a dim view of styrofoam's recycling potential. The industry rently adopted a "Recycling Rating System" by the Society of Plastics Industries. Many plastic contaies now bear triangle symbol with a rating of 1 thru 7 of recycling potential. "1" means highest levl f recyclable plastic. Polystyrene (AKA "styrofoam") gets 2nd-worst rating of "6." "7," lowest rakin, describes"all others."
McD's also hired League of Women Voters prime "expert" on toxics, Dana Duxbury of Mass. Duxbury's csulting firm, Dana Duxbury & Assoc., will run sem- inars for McDs starting in NH, to promote McD's mge as a good corporate citizen. In 1986, Duxbury drew a firestorm of criticism when she convinced heMass. LWV to oppose a ballot initiative giving people greater rights to information about toxic stesand mandating prompt toxic cleanup action by the state. This initiative was supported by nearly verycitizens' group in Mass., except LWV, and passed by a 6-1 margin. Allegations were made that Dubury as motivated by substantial contributions from the chemical industry. McD's is also looking fo an enironmental group to fund that will conduct an Earth Day program for kids under their sponsorsip.
First Things First:
On a positive note, Interior Secretary Manuel Lujan issued an order banning the use of styrofoam concession at all Nat'l Parks.
The most effective actions on styrofoam remain:
1. Protest at McDs and other food outlets using styrofoam, including return of "recyclable" styroash..
2. Work for local ordinances banning wasteful food packaging.
3. Get local institutions (churches, schools and businesses) to stop using styrofoam.
4. Practice what you preach and use only environmentally sound materials yourself.
The Washington Post reports the League of Women Voters was given a $274,000 contract by the Dept ofnergy in 1987 to conduct informational programs aimed at winning public acceptance for the construcin of new, low-level radwaste dumps.
The Incredible Dr. Vernon Houk lost his dream of suc- ceeding Dr. C. Everett Koop as US Surgeon Genal. Bush Administration wants Dr. Antonia Novello for the post. Novello is a Puerto Rican pediatrica who's brother Don Novello is Saturday Night Live star "Father Guido Sardu- ci." Houk was a majorplyer in many toxic coverups, heading the Centers for Disease Control division respon- sible for deermning toxic exposure health effects. Houk was recently labelled either a fraud or a fool by Con- ess or squandering over $60M in tax money to conduct a study of exposure effects from Agent Orange mong ietvets. Houk's study team concluded they couldn't find enough vets to count. Perhaps Dr. Noello'sfirst priority should be to seek Houk's early retirement.
Special Waste, Again
Rep. Tom Luken (D-OH, not convicted child molester Buzz Lukens, R-OH) reintroduced "special waste" h bill. Luken received thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from WMI's PAC and individualeecutives.
AROUND THE STATES
ALABAMA: Federal court upheld AL's new law inhibiting out-of-state imports of hazwaste to the world biggest dump in Emelle. At issue: US Constitution's "Interstate Commerce Clause" (Article I) whihsays only the feds can regulate interstate commerce. Recently, this has been used by dumpers to knckdown bans on out of state waste ....312 trucks were stopped and inspected by state police as theyheaed to the WMI's Emelle dump. Troopers fould 740 safety violations and issued citations....Ashfor resdents got the City Council to block building permit for nuclear laundry proposed by Eastern Tecnologes.
ALASKA: Before it quit, Exxon spread fertilizer over areas slicked by the Valdez spill which had bee"seeded" with oil-eating microbes to accelerate their growth. This move seems a logical outgrowth o he public relations fertilizer they spread over the scandal. Protesters encir- cled 1 of 2 barge-muned incinerators Exxon used burn cleanup debris from the PW Sound spill. Concerns related to emissonsand further pollution from this "cleanup."
ARIZONA: Congrats, Citizens Against Hazardous Waste of Jerome for beating Phoenix Cement's planned hwaste incinerator proposal in just over two months.
ARKANSAS: Lab tests confirmed 4th low-level nerve gas leak at Army's Pine Bluff Arsenal. Army: "No cse for alarm."
CALIFORNIA: FBI is probing Waste Mgmt, Western Waste for possible price-fixing and conspiracy violatns in its courtship of Oceanside City officials. Under probe: trips to Palm Springs, Las Vegas WMI ae council mem- bers....Riverside C'ty cancelled its contract with Western Waste after WW, along wih MI and Laidlaw, pleaded no contest to criminal charges of price-fixing and conspiracy in Los Angees.
COLORADO: Congratulations, Louisville Dumpbusters! They blocked planned WMI landfill by petitioning have the needed land annexation put before the voters. Then, voters defeated annexation by a 4-1 mrin in the largest turnout ever in their area for a special election!.... Hooray, Elbert Cty ConceredCitizens for blocking BFI's planned 320-acre dump. ECCC mobilized hundreds of resi- dents to get 'tycommissioners to vote down the project. ....Shell Oil started buying out contaminated homes nearthe ocky Mountain Arsenal near Brighton, purchasing 4 houses....A grand jury is considering crimina chares ag- ainst Rockwell Int'l and Dept. of Energy personnel after a "raid" by FBI and EPA investgatorson the Rocky Flats A-Bomb plant. Raiders carted off truckloads of evi- dence. Included: a Jul '86 DO memo saying Rocky Flats was "in poor condition generally in terms of environ- mental complince," it permit applications were "gross- ly deficient" and some of its waste sites were "patently llegal." DOE gave Rockwell a $8.6M bonus in 1987. DOE head James Watkins unveiled a 5-yr, $19.5B pln to cleanup Rocky Flats and 16 other federal atomic weapons plants. Completing the entire cleanup ill take beween $90-$150B and stretch into the next century. Rockwell gave up its federal contract o run the plnt in Oct. and EG&G of Wellesley, MA was immediately hired by DOE to take over. Rockwel's also suedDOE, charging DOE's pri- ority of bombs over safety made them break the law.
CONNECTICUT: State adopted sweeping solid waste legislation. Among requirements: newspapers must use0% recycled newsprint by 1998, disposable flashlites virtually banned, statewide planning for sourc eduction and increased recycling....Aetna Insurance joins the growing list of companies and instittins kicking the styrofoam habit by switching to biodegradeable cups. Aetna workers go through 3.5Mcup a year.
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: On Oct. 1, mandatory recycling kicked in. Rumors drifted around DC for weeks tt infamous lawyers' yellow legal pads would be banned because inks reduce their recyclability (thisrmor proved false).
FLORIDA: Recontech's beaten all over Florida after other targets chosen after defeat in Telogia beathem. Mutual aid from groups who'd beaten Recontech and backup from LEAF and CCHW forced Recontech osay bye, bye Fla....Congratulations, STOP for blocking the SE Dump proposed in Jacksonville....W. al Beach's new mass- burner blew up, killing one worker on Oct. 9. The plant was built by Bechtel ad Bbcock & WIlcox at a cost of $176M. It was open for less than a month.
GEORGIA: McDuffy C'ty residents beat USPCI's planned HW burner one day after they rallied 600 folks..Taylor C'ty folks won review of planned state HW burner....Stu- dents for Environmental Awareness o the Univ. of GA to stop using styrofoam.
IDAHO: Gulf Resources & Chemical, owner of 21-sq mile Superfund site in Kellogg, moved to Bermuda iapparent attempt to dodge liability. Bermuda doesn't enforce US court orders. Retired workers worryGC will renege on pension, health benefits. In Aug., CCHW's Penny Newman & Will Collette visited wih he ID Citizens Net- work to help plan actions. "Dump-hunting," ICN's Barbara Miller, Newman and Cllete found a huge, unsecured part of the site with giant corroded storage tanks of acid sludge, a erie of pits and systems of hoses evidently draining wastes into a creek feeding the Snake River. Ater Mller reported these sightings, state officials tried to enter the site to collect evidence. GR meanwile moved in the courts to try to block inspection....Hurray for Moscow students (Moscow, ID,not USS), for organizing to get the school district to stop using styro- foam in cafeterias....Follwing thrugh on a long-standing threat, Gov. Cecil Andrus again closed ID's borders to radwaste dumpng at theID Nat'l Lab by DOE from US nuclear weapons plants.
ILLINOIS: Concerned Cits Group of Centralia pressured the state to close of Centralia Env Services ldfill on allegations of illegal dumping. State agents raided site, seizing records, equipment as evdnce....Dupage C'ty hired Laidlaw to handle recyclables from its waste stream, but discovered Laidlw as simply dumping them in nearby landfills.... Lake Forest College of Chicago joins the list bannng tyrofoam....WMI signed a consent order for a $2-5M cleanup of its closed Wilsonville dump.
INDIANA: WMI's Porter C'ty dump caught fire, forcing evacuations of residents within a 1/2 mile radi and injuring 2 workers. WMI filed suit in Porter C'ty to try to block a new ordinance that would a the dump for outside waste dumping with money going to recycling.... Organized residents of Underoo beat Recontech's HW site plan.
KANSAS: U-KS banned styrofoam after student organizing collected petitions with 2600 signatures
KENTUCKY: Way to go, Concerned Citizens Coalition for blocking BFI's planned hazwaste burner in Louiille.... State Judge Wm. Graham blocked sale of notorious LWD of Calvert City to WMI pending determntion of who's responsible for cleanup of old contaminated landfill on LWD grounds. In 1986, LWD cratd several "shell" companies and attempted to "spin-off" ownership of the landfill. This may be lst ail in LWD's coffin, as KY acted to permanently close them...Bridge Alliance filed the 1st citizn coplaint under Title-3 RIght To Know (reported in AB #22). Well, EPA has upheld the Alliance's coplain that Union Carbide illegally withheld required info on its plant in Henderson and is considerng fins.... Lexington city officials resolved their dispute with hum- ane officials. Complaints chaged cit with making work- ers grab and bag pigeons from downtown and bury them alive in the city ladfill. Tey will now kill them first.
LOUISIANA: LA Envir. Action Network put together a coalition to win a historic victory over the LA Cmical Assn. They beat LCA over a new state law on drinking water, winning expanded list of toxics cvred, lowered "acceptable risk" levels and discharges....Organized citizens of Houma blocked a propse medwaste burner....Bottled water sales skyrocketed in Cheneyville after cockroaches were found ifesing the town's underground water tanks. Gov't officials said there was no cause for alarm, but tat ddn't stop residents from stripping store shelves.
MAINE: New law bans new private landfills, puts opera- ting facilities under state control, mandatesecycling, beverage container deposits, bans plastic 6-pack rings. It also overcomes efforts by the ue-power industry and Nuclear Reg. Comm. to classify mass quantities of rad- waste as "Below Regulaor Concern" (BRC), thus letting it be dumped in regular landfills. Law says all radwaste, even if i's BRC", must go only to licensed radwaste sites....KTI massburner in Biddleford was the site of seiousfire on Sept. 30. Cause is unknown. Officials say they might never know because damage was so etensie.
MARYLAND: The "Rita Lavelle" of MD, John Menke, Montgomery Cty Env. Dir. quit to take a job with Belay Bandit consultant, Mitre Corp. Citizens groups oppos- ed Menke's pro-industry policies, includin 0.5B mass- burn plan....Fed Magistrate Deborah Chasanow ordered records opened on a closed 1986 cae here Goodyear settled 34 cancer suits for a reported $10-15M....750 tons of butter, plus grease romspareribs, turkeys, hotdogs, eels and mackeral went up in flames in October at the USDA surplus ood arehouse in Cambridge. The huge mess may cost more than $10M to clean up, making it one of themost ostly fires in MD history.
MASSACHUSETTS: Clean Harbors, Inc.'s planned hazwaste burner in Braintree was dealt at least a temporary set-back when state environmental chief John De Villars rejected their CHI's application....Sae has new law setting a 50% toxic use reduction goal for 1997.
MICHIGAN: Resistance from organized Omena Lakes residents forced Oxford Energy to abandon plans for Sturgis trash burner....200 Freeland residents fled after a train derailment of chemicals destined o Dow in Midland burst into flames....A Menominee dairy worker and 4 would-be rescuers died when thy ell into a manure pit. They were overcome by methane gas fumes.
MINNESOTA: Horray, Evergreen Envir. Group and Citi- zens Opposed to Medical Waste Incineration for bting Phillips & Assoc. planned burner in Cloquet.
MISSISSIPPI: Citizens for a Clean Environment held up Waste Mgmt's planned medwaste burner in McCom
MISSOURI:Waste-Tech scratched MO off its target list for new HW incinerator after resounding defeat Rockport and no alternative "host" community. Waste-Tech, an Amoco subsidiary is now considering F,PA or MS for new sites but gave no further details.
NATIVE AMERICANS: A second, dumb hazwaste scheme was defeated by Navajo citizens group, CARE....Alas Inuits are angry that virtually nothing is being done to assess & address the effects of the EXXONVldez oil spill on 4 Native American villages that draw most of their food in the form of salmon frm he devastated waters. "I love otters, but the impacts on the communities have been largely ignore," aid Dr Thomas Nighswander of the AK Area Native Health Center. Nighswander said he "moaned" whenhe larned $40,000 average was spent to save each sea otter....37 tribes joined the Sioux Tribal Coucil i opposing US Ecology/BFI's radwaste dump planned for NE.
NEBRASKA: Omaha halted the rush to burn with a mor- atorium on new medwaste burners until safety staards are issued.
NEVADA: NRC's own "Waste Confidence Review Group" raises questions about need for controversial YuccMtn hi-level radwaste dump. According to their report, US nuke power plants have above-ground storaecapacity on site with enough space to last until 2025 which is cheaper and safer. Sen Harry Reid:"Te nuclear dump is dead. Now that the scientists have killed the idea, it's up to DOE to kill the rojct. If the bureaucrats can't keep a lid on the truth, what makes them think they can keep a lidon te dump?"
NEW JERSEY: Sorry, NJ readers, for lack of NJ stories in the last AB. No excuse: we simply lost theata. So, this issue contains extra coverage....Iron- bound's Arnold Cohen and 18 other protesters wr busted for planting flowers in Newark. Ironbound Comm. Org. staged a "plant-in" protest, plantingflwers in composted sewage sludge to demonstrate alternatives to Newark's planned sludge incinerato. Carge: Assault with a Deadly Petunia?....I-78 near Newark melted after illegal dump, Hub Recyclin & Srap ignited and heat was enough to buckle overpass. Hub was in bankruptcy at the time and open endin appeal of state closure order.... Consulting firm Malcolm Pirnie was fired from a solid wasteplannig project by Camden C'ty after community protests that it was biased toward incineration....AE and AOP in SW Jersey staged a series of anti-massburn protests, including a human chain around th Pennsauen ashfill, a mock permitting hearing at DEP HQ and mock beach party protesting a lake thatwas fille in for the ashfill....The "impossible" happened in Jersey City: heavy metals like highly arcinogeni hexavalent chromi- um moved freely thru soil and foundations to contaminate the low-incoe inner cit neighborhood. Over 2 million tons of chromium were dumped over decades by compan- ies ike Allied-Sgnal, PPG, Occidental and Maxus, but residents had been told there was "no cause for alrm" because mtals like chromium stay put. The Interfaith Community Organization organized resident to fight for complete cleanup and not just containment. ...Realtors in Ocean Township pressured plice to enforceold, probably unConstitutional, ordinance against yard signs local group used to proest planned tras burner dubbed "Bucky's Burner" in honor of town freeholder George Buckwald, projec's main promoter...NoDICE of Gloucester C'ty won agreements from local developers that they will no build next to theKramer Landfill Superfund site and will support efforts to get a good, permanent leanup. NoDICE is aso pushing new legislation to require realtor notices to homebuyers about hazard.
NEW MEXICO: Mountainview Residents (helped by the SW Organizing Project) won major cleanup concessio from the Air Force. Residents won an oversight committee that will review and approve actions of cenup contractors.
NEW YORK: 150 Forest Glen residents, mostly low- income mobile home dwellers are likely to get perment relocation under Superfund. Forest Glen is near Love Canal (which was recently declared "habital") and is contaminated by many of the same chemicals. At issue, however, are the terms. 1st offer o esidents wasn't enough for them to find new homes. In Sept. CCHW's Lois Gibbs & Penny Newman visied esidents to help them fight for fair relocation...US District Judge John Curtin rejected Oxy Pe.'s ain defense in liability suits for dumping at Love Canal. Oxy claims it gave up liability when t deeed Love Canal to the Niagara Falls School Board in 1953. The School Board built the 99th Stree Schoo, where Lois Gibbs' son attended. His illnesses led to organizing at Love Canal, launching th Grassrots Movement for Environmental Justice....State Supreme Court upheld Suffolk C'ty's preceden-settingordinance banning plastic packaging as Constitutional. Court also ordered unsealed records f $4.75M ettlement made by Xerox to 2 Webster families who claimed TCE caused childrens' cancers an other illesses. Criticizing "coverup" of important public health info, Court ordered release of enironmental,epidemiological data "for the protection of public health."...NY is 2nd state (after Maie) to ban fod preserved by exposure to radiation. A similar law awaits Gov. Keane's signature in NJand other law are pending in MA, MN, PA, NH, OR & AK. ...Broome County banned plastic food packagesin stores and estaurants....Niagara Mohawk Power covered up a rad-sludge spill at its Nine Mile Poit Plant on LakeOntario for 11 yrs. WIXT-TV reports spill contaminated 129,000 sq feet and so hot copany personnel culdn't assess the damage. Instead of cleanup, they cordoned off the site....NY join AL & SC, banningout of state hazwaste imports.
NORTH CAROLINA: Fire at the Caldwell Systems hazwaste burner in Lenoir forced dozens of families to acuate,sending 54 people to local hospitals. CSI was shut down temporarily, while county took measue to seek permanent closure. Caldwell also had 3 permit violations in a 35-day span...Noting Waste gm is too corrupt for Chicago and was caught in a Los Angeles pricefixing scam with locally-despise GS/Laidlaw, Ctr. for Community Action won a vote by Robeson County to terminate its dealings with MI...New state law will phase-out and ban plastic food packaging over the next 2 years. McD's styroacks nd plastic supermarket bags will be among the items that will be banned.
OHIO: Buy-outs, permanent relocations were added to the Record of Decision for at least some neighbo of the Industrial Excess Landfill in Uniontown....Major fire shut down, severely damaged Columbus S burner. Plant will be out of commission for 3 months and will cost millions to repair.... Communiie United for Action of Cincinnati won a new city ordinance setting aside incineration in favor of 0% aste reduction, recycling and composting to address the city's solid waste needs....
....A series of earthquakes in August jolted Ashtabula, Cty, OH. The quakes ranging up to 2.9 on thRichter scale, were blamed on the waste injection well operated by Reserve Environmental Services.
July's fire at GSX/Laidlaw's hazwaste plant in Cleveland gave insights into company safety practice 16 people were treated at local hospitals, including 5 emergency response workers, when chemicals ering no other label than a skull and crossbones and the word "Nasty" burst into flames. The fire ocued while GSX was disputing nearly a million dollars in fines for mishandling toxics, improperly lbelng them and storing them longer than permitted. The state of Ohio ordered the plant closed, whil it ought further fines and a permanent shut-down. EPA ordered $120K in addition fines and threatend to ank its federal license. All of this makes GSX's plan for a new hazwaste incinerator on the sie, biterly opposed by local residents, a most unlikely prospect.
OKLAHOMA: Enid enacted a HW transport ordinance aimed at making sure proposed USPCI HW dump doesn't danger nearby town.
Brenda Crawford, 27, founding director of the VA Student Environmental Health Program was killed in car crash in southern Africa where she was serving as a Peace Corps volunteer to Zimbabwe.
In August, Rubye Ford of Sumter Cty, AL died. Ms Ford was a grand lady of the Old South who cast ofthe restraints of racial divisions to link hands with her black neighbors to fight for environmenta ustice against WMI's Emelle dump as a member of Alabamians for a Clean Environment.
Amos Peasley, mayor of E. Greenwich, NJ and a valued part of the successful efforts of NoDICE in blking NJ's plan to sponsor huge hazwaste sites in rural NJ died in September.
OREGON: New state law says all companies covered by Community Right to Know must also make and publh waste reduction plans and report on their progress in achieving reduction goals....Organized resiets in NE Portland beat Ko-Am Int'l on a planned PCB incinerator that would have burned 10,000 tranfomers in the middle of a residential neighborhood.
PENNSYLVANIA: Horray, RESCUE, for beating dump planned by Solid Waste Industries which would've dumd 3500 tons of out of state garbage a day in Little Meadows....Congratulations CARE & HELP of the Srnton area for three victories: for forcing Bechtel to yank its massburn plan in Dunmore; for blockngexpansion of the notorious Keystone Landfill and for blocking planned Colombo Transfer Station...orkrs were laid off in Philly's non-profit National Temple recycling program (an economic developmet prgram in the black commun- ity). Waste Mgmt's recycling subsidiary, Recycle America, took away te cit contract for recycling.
On Sept. 13, Gov. Bob Casey instituted "TrashNet," a roadblock and interception program on the NJ-PAine. Agents of the State Police, State DOT and environmental regulators, plus Gov. Casey in his shrsleeves, stopped hundreds of trucks hauling out of state waste into PA. Over 500 citations were ssed in the first day for safety and environmental violations. Shipments were turned away at the brde and the roadblocks have continued. Apparently moved by his experience, one month later Casey isuedan Executive Order immediately halting all new landfill construction, expansions and incineratos. Te order also directs the state agency to draft a new state solid waste law requiring comprehenive plnning that puts the highest priority on reduction and recycling as alternatives to burning an dumpin. It'll also require extensive background checks on criminal, environmental records of any fture wase site applicant (a comprehensive "Bad Boy" law). This order freezes, if not kills, dozensof dump ad burner proposals in PA. No new facility may be permitted unless 70% or more of its wast comes fro the community where it'is located.
PUERTO RICO: Local citizens, backed by Mision Industrial, stopped Club Med from developing an unspoid coastal area of Whale Bay near Guanica.
RHODE ISLAND: Sears and Blue Cross were 1st companies fined for breaking new state law barring dumping where more than 30% of the load is recyclable.... Showing excellent priorities, state regulator ited a Rotary Club fund-raiser under the Clean WaterAct. The Rotary "raced" 7000 pink & yellow, nubeed plastic ducks in the Pawtuxent River. Duck "sponsors" paid $3 to vie for a Florida vacation tip.Volunteers netted the ducks after they crossed the finish line. Five ducks were missing, leadingto te charges. That same day, figures were released showing local companies legally discharged 174,00 lb of cancer-causing chemicals into the same water system....Capt. Iavovos Georguidis & Ballard hippin pleaded guilty to federal charges from the June 23rd spill of 300K gal. of oil off Newport. Ballardagreed to pay $500K, the captain, $10K.
From Commando Carl: when blockading, chain your cars together. This makes them very hard to tow unls the tow operator has good bolt cutters. If using front-wheel drive cars, back them in away from tetow-truck access. Do the opposite for rear-wheel drive.
From PA member Diane Beemer: Don't use industry terms!. Diane came up with a great one for "LEACHAT" Call it GARBAGE JUICE.
From DC member Neil Styskal: use Small Claims Court to bring many small suits against polluters. Y can represent yourself and force bad guys to use hi-price counsel to defend. For example, if a poluer caused property value loss, hundreds of homeowners could sue ALL AT ONCE for the maximum allowd n that state's small claims court (as much as $2000). Your chances of winning are at least as god o better than hiring a law- yer to sue in in higher courts, plus you can integrate a plan like ths ino an organizing strategy to force the polluter to stop. Despite the sex appeal of "class actio lawsits," class actions really benefit polluters more than victims. Headlines that talk about mult-millin dollar class actions don't give the reality that such suits are often settled, after years f delayfor amounts as little as $10K per injured person (the average Love Canal victim received $10021.92; heir lawyers got almost $7M in fees). Details are in an article in the Spring '89 issue ofNOLO NEWS 950 Parker St, Berkeley, CA 94710, 415/549-1976.
Our best wishes go to our friends in Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, South and North Carolina, the xas Gulf and the San Francisco Bay Area who've seen so much trouble from earthquakes and hurricane. Get Well wishes go to Sr. Eloise Boone, Ms. Johnnie Burgess and Marie McGlaun.
SOUTH CAROLINA: Organized Richland Cty residents beat Weston Envir. Corp. planned medwaste burner.. Workers at Savannah River Project federal A-bomb plant drank water tainted with cancer-causing solets for 15 months. Waste water was accidentally tied into drinking water line. Management told workrs"there's no cause for alarm" and claimed they weren't harmed.
TENNESSEE: Nashville massburn foes got a big win when the Metro Board of Health to reject an expansi bid by the city's Thermal Transfer Plant....After 11 yrs of litigation,Velsicol finally sent check o 135 Toone folks in $10M settlement. Largest payment of $186K went to 11 yr old Benjamin Boyd, crpped with birth defects.
TEXAS: As we go to press, fire still burns at Phillip Petroleum's Pasadena plastics plant. 2 dozen wkers are dead or missing, another 100+ hospitalized to bring the world plastic milk jugs. The roof fa nearby school nearly collapsed on 700 children....Texaco admitted it runs one of the dirtiest plnt in U.S. at Port Nueches and said it will spend $30M to cut toxic discharges....Yeah! IRATE for frcig DIXICO to withdraw its hazwaste burner plan from Dallas....Community pressure forced Enviromedto wthdraw its planned medwaste burner from Corpus Christi....EXXON lost a lawsuit against it by neghbor of its Baytown plant. Exxon must pay $1M to 3 families, though pollution continues. An internl memoleaked to residents shows EXXON's intentions. The memo, written by Exxon P.R. coordinator RonEmbry nted the plant is threatened by angry rich people since gas leaks drifted over the area near he County Club. "In general, residents of Country Club are more affluent than Wooster residents an have greter access to local, state and federal government powers which could impose additional resrictions ad increase our costs.".
UTAH: Midvale City Council voted to oppose EPA's plan to clay cap 13.5M cubic feet of arsenic hazwas at the Sharon Steel Superfund site. This, plus other local opposition got EPA to stop the capping pration while other options for cleanup on considered.
VERMONT: TRASH/VOC of Thetford closed down the Bennington-Rutland dump....Friends of Green River bloed the Monash dump.
VIRGINIA: State troopers raided Front Royal polluter Avtex, Inc. to grab evidence in criminal investation of PCB discharges. State AG Mary Sue Terry wants a court order closing the plant. Avtex, the ra's largest employer, played job blackmail with neighbors, admitting gross pollution, but threatenngto close if forced to obey the law. Avtex was saved from bankruptcy earlier this year when the miitay gave Avtex a new contract. EPA took 1st steps to get the site on the Superfund list...RandolphMaco College students organized and won a ban on styrofoam at the school....Under pressure from Bucanan ounty Citizens Against Outside Garbage, county supervisors want to cancel their contract with uchana Landfill Inc. for a regional landfill. Supervisors were left grasping for options after citzens jamed their meeting....$2M isn't chicken feed but that's what it cost Seaboard Farms of Bent Muntain t clean up around 100 kilotons of moldering chicken manure which was contaminating local wels and strams. That's a lot of chicken doodoo.
WASHINGTON: Spokane area massburn foes won a stunning victory in primary elections. The mayor & CitCouncil committed the city to a $0.6B massburn project with Wheelabrator. When citizens took up a rfrendum petition to put the project before voters, mayor & City Council spent $1M to sue, in the sut' words, "the taxpayers, ratepayers and voters of Spokane" to keep the question off the ballot. Ouragd, burn foes ran its own slate. Sheri Barnard won 52% of the votes in the mayoral primary. Two ati-mssburn council candidates led the pack with 37% of the vote each and a third came in a respectale 2n. If massburn opponents win the gen- eral election (which occurs as we go to press), they'llcontro city government and can cancel the project. After a visit by CCHW's Penny Newman and Will Cllette,the coalition will also set up "People's Polling places," setting up tables in the precinctsso peopl can "Vote on the Question the City Council Doesn't Want You to See!" And Cheney, site of he proposd ashfill started formal proceedings to secede from Spokane C'ty, while other residents ar planning mass tax-abatement petition drive---if the city/county wants to waste more than half a bllion dollas, they'll have to find other chumps to pay for it. Stay tuned for results....After Ritzille beat ECS (a hazwaste subsidiary of Burlington Northern), ECOS tried 12 other towns as hosts fo its planned W burner. So far, 10 of 12 have rejected the project and the other 2 are likely to folow suit....DOE Westinghouse covered up '84 report showing potential for explosion of rad- & chemica waste tanks atHanford A-Bomb plant.
WEST VIRGINIA: Congrats again, MACE for another win over the many hazwaste disposal projects target on Mason C'ty. MACE celebrated the defeat of Aptus (owned by Nat'l Electric) in its bid for a hazwse burner....Citizens won another one, getting the Gov. to issue an executive order freezing medwase urner construction....Good work, WV citizens organized by Missy Wolverton for blocking one of BFIs min men in WV, Sam Colvin, from being named head of WV's Solid Waste Management Bd....Sutton resientsnoticed their water turning rank. When the town's cistern was checked, they found a decomposinghumanbody. A boil-water order was issued, but officials said "no cause for alarm."
WYOMING: EPA wants fines of $150K from Chem. Marketing Services for mishandling hazwaste that contamated the Brookhurst neighborhood of Evansville.
AROUND THE WORLD: Great Britain: Dock workers and authorities turned away PCB shipments at the portsf Tilsbury and Liverpool. Waste came from a massive fire last year in St-Basile-le-Grand. Quebec watd to send the waste to ReChem Int'l in Britain. This is a turn-around for the Thatcher government,stll hurting from losses to Greens in Euro-Parliament elec- tions. Waste was returned to Canada whee i was greeted with a protest by 1500 residents. Residents got a restraining order, but the crew sarte unloading, leading to the arrest of 13 crew, including the captain of the Soviet flag vessel NdezhaObukhova for contempt of court. The wastes were held on the dock, as the Quebec gov't tries tocome u with a "Plan B"....China: Envir- onmental Protection Bureau admits ignorance, careless handlng causd 20 deaths and 1200 injuries from rad- waste between 1980-85....India: Supreme Court OK'd pyments o $60 each to 7687 surviving, permanently injured victims of Union Carbide's 1984 chemical lak in Bhoal that killed over 2000 people....Ireland: Local activists in Cork organized marches and unger stries, forcing Dow Chemical to withdraw a proposed chemical plant....Italy: Adriatic Coast i covered wih slime, but it's OK, says the gov't. Alessandro Beretta Anguissola, Pres. of the Suprem Health Counil: "The sea is dirty but it's not dangerous." Slime is a brown & yellow algae caused y raw sewage,fertilizer and chemical dumping in Italian rivers. It's also wiping out marine life...Canada: consumr goods will now start to bear a logo indicating they conserve energy, are recycled o recylable, arebiodegradable and free of ozone- killing chemicals. Companies wanting to use the log will have to aply to Environment Canada, the government regulatory agency. They will pay a fee to ave their producttested to determine that it conforms to the standards for the logo program.
U-OR researchers discovered natural process in termite mounds in the Boola Boola Forest of Australithat destroys CFCs. Some yet unknown natural process is removing and breaking down CFCs in those mons. In theory, if we stop using CFCs, nature could clean them up over the next few centuries, unles,of course, we breed more Australian termites.
OTHER THINGS TO WORRY ABOUT
FDA confirmed milk cartons hold low levels ("no cause for alarm") of dioxin in chlorine-bleached par cartons. ....Jack Anderson reports a rash of incidents of "stray voltage" are killing thousands o airy cows. Power surges kill cows by zapping them when they're hooked up to milking machines.
Rita Lavelle, former EPA Superfund chief is now an "environmental consultant." Lavelle served 4 mosin fed. penitentiary for perjury. Lavelle offered the Environ- mental Health Coalition of San Diegohr services as a volunteer but was turned down by EHC director Diane Takvorian who said, "I didn't onider her appropriate."
THIS IS OUGHT TO BE CRIMINAL!
State wildlife officials will shoot up to 20 black bears in Petersburg who've been living on town gbage. Now that the town has a new trash incinerator, there's no more garbage to eat and wildlife ofiials are worried hungry bears will threaten humans....CA Energy Dept says it'll cost millions to pocss 30-yrs worth of dog excrement buried in tanks in Solano C'ty. Doggie doo is left over from exprimnts done to beagles on long-term radiation exposure effects.
Thanks to dozens of readers who sent us an August AP story on a service by DC consulting firm Mongon, Biscoe and Duchin which offers intelligence service to corporations on environmentalists. For $10, MBD gives clients a profile on NRDC. Some unnamed BD clients pay $3500-$9000/mo. for reports on erain issues, groups. MBD says its reports are based on public info and it doesn't spy or infiltrat. nother firm, Pagan Int'l, noted for its soldier of fortune approach to union-busting, does activ esponage on groups opposing corporate practices, like a recent spy mission for Shell on church grops leding int'l anti-apartheid boycott.
In AB #23, we reported Elders IXL of Australia was buying up Kerr McGee stock in a likely takeover. an- while, a coalition of int'l companies led by giant Canadian beermaker Molson Ltd. is buying up lers. Also in AB #23, we reported ENSCO was saved from bankruptcy thru a $30M loan (and $30M stock uy by another Aust- ralian company, Brambles Industries. Now Brambles wants to swallow up ENSCO thr a 170.8M offer for the rest of ENSCO's stock. Brambles 1st offer was rejected as not enough by ENSO's oard but the door's open for Brambles to up the ante. CCHW's Australian friends gave us good bckgrond on Brambles.
o ELF Acquitaine of France resolved Fed. Trade Commission objections to its $1.05B acquisition oPennwalt. The FTC objected, charging the buy would give ELF a monopoly on certain polymers. Under teagreement, the buy can go forward, but ELF must sell Pennwalt's Thorofare, NJ plant but may keep noher in Calvert City, KY.
o France's Michelin bid $1.5B for Uniroyal.
o Borden Chemical, in a joint venture with Toago- sei Chemical, Tokyo, bought Krazy Glue.
o Framatome Group (French gov't's nuclear industry) bought a $50M, 50% share of Babcock & Wilcox Lynchburg, VA nuclear service subsidiary.
o Canadian Occidental Petroleum will build a new $50M chemical plant near Edmonton, Alberta.
o Chemical and drug giants Johnson & Johnson and Merck formed a joint venture last March and expded their business by buying Imperial Chemical's ICI Americas drug division for $450M.
o Ogden Corp is buying ERC Int'l for $87M.
o Harold Simmons, head of NL Industries (polluter at the DOE nuclear weapons plant in Fernald, O, is buying up stock of Georgia Gulf, looking to control at least 15% of the company's stock.
o Noxell Corp. is being bought out by Procter & Gamble for $1.3B.
o BF Goodrich bought Arrowhead Industries division of Culligan Int'l, maker of water filter systs for industry.
o In June and July, 6 BFI execs sold thousands of shares of their stock. Among them: Director Los Waters sold 130,000 shares for $4.6M.
o George Schultz, a former Bechtel executive and Sec. of State under Reagan, was named to the Brds of Directors of Bechtel and Chevron.
o Industry's champing at the bit to get alternatives to CFCs on the market. US, Japanese and Eupean compan- ies are investing millions to find alternatives to ozone- killing CFCs, knowing there r billions in profits to be had. We reported in the last AB that Dupont built its 1st HCFC plant i Cnada. Asashi Glass of Japan is spend- ing $158M in R&D. Meanwhile, the ozone hole over the SouthPol has apparently grown much larger in size, now stretching up to New Zealand. The Program for Alt erntive Fluorocarbon Toxicity Testing (an int'l industry group) claims that its tests on HCFC-123 Dupon's for- mula), HCFC-141b and HFC shown the new chemicals are not "significantly" toxic. AT&T sys it'l end use of CFCs by 1994. Huge amounts of various forms of CFCs are used in the electronics ndustryas a cleaner. GM will have dealers install CFC- recycling gear by 1991. Nis- san Motors saysits car ir conditioners will be CFC free by 1993. GE pledged to figure out ways to stop venting CFCs during efrigerator repairs, but was blasted for failure to be specific. On Oct. 16, Whirlpool lai claim to eing the 1st US firm with a CFC recovery program for refrigerator repair.
o Five grocery chains pledged to stop selling pesticide treated produce by 1995, according to thNat'l Toxics Campaign. These are: Provigo (1000 Canadian stores); its CA branch Petrini (23 stores) BCO (60 stores in AZ); Raley's (60 stores in No. CA) and Bread & Circus (a Boston gourmet store)...Dpont, Penn- walt, BASF, and Rohm & Haas announced they will curtail sales of fungicide EBDC "to sareconsumers any further trauma," such as that recently experienced over Alar. On 9/1, EPA ordered niroal to begin a 2-yr phaseout of controversial pesticide Alar.
Conrail becomes the 4th No. American railroad to get into waste disposal, thru a joint venture withHM Materials of Findlay, OH. Conrail says it'll use its ex- tensive land holdings to develop "stateo-the-art" sites for treatment & disposal of hazardous and solid waste. Other railroad ventures: UnonPacific bought an exis- ting HW company, USPCI; Canadian Pacific bought a controlling interest inLailaw/GSX and Burlington Northern set up ECOS, its own HW subsidiary. Most railroads (and certainl allof these) are themselves HW generators, are named as responsible parties at Super- fund sites, ransprt hazmat, have had lots of spills and usually have plenty of land to spare, so this industry ove is't surprising.
Crime & Punishment
IPennwalt CEO Edwin Tuttle finally obeyed demands of Tacoma federal Judge Jack Tanner and appeared person to present the company's guilty plea in a toxics case. Pennwalt paid $500K in fines and anohr $600K will be set up in a local environment trust.
OA conspiracy lawsuit by Attorneys General from 19 states against major insurers (e.g. Aetna, Allste, Hartford, Cigna, Lloyds of London) was dismissed. Insurers were charged with conspiring to deny etain types of insurance coverage, most specifically insurance for pollution liability. For over 5 eas, insurance companies have practiced "NIMIC" (Not In My Insurance Company"), refusing to issue cverge to potential toxic polluters, throwing the industry into disarray. Their position is roughly he sme as most citizens' groups: waste disposal sites aren't an "acceptable risk." US District Judg Wm. . Schwartzer dismissed the case against insurers, ruling the companies were specifically exemped fro such legal action under the 1944 McCarran-Ferguson Act.
Reagan apparently forgot, but Bush didn't. Armand Hammer, CEO of Love Canal polluter Occidental Petreum finally got his Presidential pardon for 2 federal convictions for Watergate-connected illegal cmaign contributions.
jMinolta agreed to pay EPA $600K for violations of Toxic Substances Control Act.
uChevron was fined $877K by OSHA for 114 safety violations at its Richmond, CA plant where a fire lt spring severely injured 3 workers.
|PA. regulators cited Amer.Envir. Service and Decom Medical Waste Systms for illegal storage of medal waste in Norristown.
aGillette agreed to pay $300K to settle a lawsuit against it for including a carcinogenic chemical its popular "white-out" fluid "Liquid Paper." They also agreed to stop using the chemical and subsiute a safer substance. Gillette was allowed under the agreement to continue selling the unsafe prdut until March, 1990, but will allow customers to switch toxic bottles for the allegedly non-toxicsubtitute.
IMetal polishing exec. Navin Patel got 6 months in the pokey and a $25K fine for illegal dumping inion, IL.
IModern Aluminum Anodizing and its pres. Frank Sigsbury pleaded guilty to felony charges for illegay dumping hazwaste into the Hoosac River near North Adams, MA. They were ordered to pay $50K in fie and donate $5K to a local conservation group.
IHighest Clean Water Act fine: $3.2M vs. P&D Oil and Chemical Storage of Bayonne, NJ. Judge blastedER and EPA, ordered fine to be set up as trust, not paid to general treasury.
Island Press' new catalog is out, listing a flock of great books, including several we've featured this column (e.g. Crossroads and a great new book by Louis Blumberg and Bob Gottlieb, War on Waste.Write Island Press, 1718 Connecticut Ave NW, #300, Washington, DC 20009.
WIPP Trail, a 54-min. VHS video (narrated by Robert Redford) on DOE plans to ship military radwaste l over the US to an unproven site in New Mexico. $29.95 from WIPPP Trail, Box 15297, Sante Fe, NM 856.
Toxics, Jobs and the Environment, is an excellent training and source book $20 from TCP, 942 Market , #502, San Francisco, CA 94102.
Desperate Remedies ($5.95, Atlas Signs, Box 1525, Santa Barbara, CA 93102) by Les Conrad describes pblems suffered by neighbors of Casmalia HW dump.
Waste to Riches,video with good reference guide and Bad Deals and Broken Promises: A Survey of Wheebrator's Performance. From CWAP, 317 Penn. Ave SE, Wash. DC 20003.
RESOURCE ON NERVE GAS DISPOSAL: ask the Greenpeace Pacific Campaign (1436 U St NW, Washington, DC 209) for their Review of Johnston Atoll Chemical Agent Disposal System.
IS YOUR WORK MAKING YOU SICK? is a new slide-tape program with excellent handout materials in Englisand in Spanish from the Labor Occupational Safety and Health Program, UC-Berkeley Institute of Indutial Relations, Berkeley, CA 94720. Single copies of the book are $2.50 with generous discounts forbuk orders.
Here's a Science Fair idea for your kids: take one of those so-called "biodegradeable" plastic bagsnd see if it really degrades. We took an "Earth-Sack," one of our staff members got with his grocere and tested the company's claim that"Due to our concern to help in cleaning up the environment, wear now using this completely DEGRADABLE PLASTIC BAG. This bag will begin degrading within 7 days ofexpsure to light and will continue the process until it turns into nontoxic environmentally safe dut wih no harmful biproducts [SIC]." We hung the sack in a window in the blistering VA sun for 3 moths. urprise! It didn't degrade.
pAccording to Nat'l Cancer Institute epidemiologists, 1 out of 4 cases of bladder cancer are job-reted. Among the occupations that show a higher risk of this form of cancer: bootblack, sales, broadating, dry cleaning, painters, truck drivers, drill press operators and agricultural workers.
Emergency Planning & Right To Know: 800-535-0202
National Library of Medicine: 800-638-8480
National Pesticides Hotline: 800-858-7378
RCRA/Superfund Hotline: 800-424-9346
Safe Drinking Water Hotline: 800-426-4791
Short, Short Term Action Goals: Because Waste Management and Browning©Ferris Industries have apparely insinuated themselves into the good graces of the National Recycling Coalition, Convention delegts, led by Vickie Kelley of Arkansas, planned a protest to take place at the NRC's National Conventonin Charlotte, NC from Oct 31-Nov 3. Madelyn Hoffman of the NJ Grassroots Environmental Organizatin rcommended piggy-backing anti-incineration protests on the American Cancer Society's Great Americn Smke Out Day which is Nov. 16th this year. GREO plans candlelight vigils and other protests and clls o other groups to do the same.
SHORT TERM GOALS
Fight corporate propaganda.
-Redefine in our terms
-Emphasize 3 R's
-Fight corporate control of recycling
2.Waste Policy goals
-Eliminate Below Regulatory Concern
-Advocate 100% recycling
-Reject Capacity plans w/o reduction
-Force industry and government to develop markets for recyclables using laws where needed
-Oppose deregulation of incinerator ash
3. Organizing Strategies ©Attack and expose Bush and Reilly and local officials -Encourage local leadership into electoral politics -Encourage new leadership Cmmit to giving help in exchange for getting help -Block deep well injection and cement kln -Work regionally with other groups -Prevent sacrifice zones -Oppos GUBY -Reduce military budget -Oppose interstate and international waste shipmnts 4. Education -Advanced workshops -Multimedia approaches, (ie computers, t, moves etc) -Get into the schools 5 Forest issues -Ozone -Ban CF's -Eat lower on the food chain -Recycle paper INCINRATION RESOLUTIONS 1. Ban on all forms of incineration in 5 years 2. Close relationshis betwee regulators and industry are wrong -Expose them -Network -Push ethics codes nd other ecessary restrictions 3 National Coalitions of groups to push for -Local Democraic Controland responsibility -Regional networking -Expanded right to know -Informatin exchange -Ash treated as hazardous waste -Ban on incineration 4 In place of incineraion, Mandatoy waste reduction leading to toxic elimination by using -Waste Audits -Ctizen review nd veto of waste plans -Specific deadlines for implementation of programs -Secific reductin goals 5
Action Steps -October 17 Phone ins and EPA Regional actions on Capacity assurance?l? -Novber 16 candlelight vigils around proposed/existing
incinerators -Block and reverse ash deregulation locally, statewide and federally
through actions (special deliveries of "special waste") letters,
lobbying. 6 Watch out for and oppose -sewage incineration -waste authorities deregulation of ash -ash in building and road materials -sham recycling in cement and lim ilns, industrial boilers and in
building materials JOBS VS THE ENVIRONMENT 1. EPA/OSHA are not adequate-ed the Right to Act which includes, -community on site inspection -strengthening of the LP's including giving them money -set up hazard prevention committees within the workplace- can
shutdown the facility- while workers continue to be paid. -Workers need the right to rejecOSHA settlements and fines -Support union growth so workers can act on chemical exposures in the workplace -Highlight unions history and victories of justice in other US
movements -Share information between environmentalists and workers 2 Greater fines foriolators -Make grants for small companies -Force expenditures on source reduction and waseaudits -Workers suit provisions -Workplace made safe, not worker safe from the workplace -No toxic chemical exposure 3 Community based production which is Unionized, ecologically sond and is sustainable -Develop superfund type tax to fund out of work employees and to fund research into new technology -Social control over technology NUCLAR WASTE RESOLUTIONS 1 Stop all production of new radioactive materials -No radioactivs in cnsumer materials -Oppose deregulation of radioactive wastes (BRC) -Ban on importatin and eportation -Redirect $ for nuclear research to development of acceptable energy
sources Develop Healthy alternatives -No food irradiation -solutions defined by plic not industry -New scientific research on nuke waste 3 Monitoring -Comprehensive -Community input -Right to Know -NRC needs citizen oversight 4 Liability -Requir gnerator take full title and liability for radioactive
waste -Define generator as the board of Directors of the company ?l?Ś5 Amend Atomic Engy Act of 1954 to include health and safety
provisions LAND DISPOSAL RESOLUTIONS 1 No land disposal omaterials harmful to life -Landfill fighters network -Ban deep well injection -Ban ln disposal of safely compostable or recyclable materials 2 Enforce strengthen and demand governmntfunding for laws and regulations -Expand definition of hazardous waste -Declassifywases under inter state commerce clause to allow local control of waste flows -Hold all ompaies, parent companies, and individuals responsible
for their actions -Adopt regulations to prevent companies convicted of or pleading no
contest to felony charges from being granted the privilege of
participating in the waste business for five years -Adopt regulations requiring a comprehsive review of the
compliance history of a company as a matter of granting a permit to
operate 3. Demand appropriate siting of disposal facilities for all "non-
hazardous " materials -Comprehensive pre-investigation of proposed sites -Complete puic participation programs -Local citizens approval -Public disclosure of company managemetbackground and materials to
be disposed -Citizen advisory committee to select consultants to perform health risassessments and environmental impact statements to be paid for
by applicant -Applicant to disclose and discuss all negative impacts relative to
proposed facility and the proposed site 4. Prompt and thorough cleanup and compensation forxisting toxic messes -Close all existing land disposal sites -Perpetual long term moioring of closed sites -Wastes should be permanently cleaned up or safely stored above
ground in on site in mausoleums -No development of closed sites GULATION AND ENFORCEMENT 1. Increase public pressure on Enforcement -Pressure on Decision maes -Shame lists -Demand new legislation -Direct action 2. Remove waste from protecio of Interstate Commerce Clause -Equal laws in all states -Direct action -Shame lstsof bad states -Measles Maps 3. Waste Audits -Nationwide audit -Measles Map -Natonal databank -Monthly dishonor awards ?l?Ś4. Loophole Day -Right to Act -Educte
and bust myths -Local direct actions -Flyers 5. Improve public participation -Month report cards on regional level -Quarterly seminars sponsored by local groups WASTE REDUCTION RESOLUTIONS 1 Mandatory waste reduction through reduction, recycling, and reus programs throughout the country -Educate and promote community participation, focus on yoth -Require closed loop recycling and source reduction before treatment
or disposal facilities are built -Achieve 50% reduction of organic wastes through safe coosting and
mulching programs -Actively oppose packaging materials and products that are not
recyclable or are unnecessary. Actively support responsible
packaging -Promote a ban on the manufacture sale or use of falsely advertised "envinmentally safe" plastic products such as degradable plastic items -Change budget priorite to market research , reuse, recycling and source reduction instead of hazardous waste and grbge
incinerators -Get new money in budgets for market development, require
governments to use recycled paper -Provide tax incentives to recycle wastes and to requir
manufacturers to develop markets for recycled materials -Make waste reduction and recycli political and electoral issues 2 Materials that are toxic or harmful to the environment will no e produced -Source separation of hazardous wastes mandatory for households and comerial companies before solid waste enters municipal
collection/disposal system -Go after polluters, impose penalties -Use corporate finefor clean up in the same region -Use Right to Know laws to obtain information about chemicals n
processes -Enforce victims compensation rights 3 No permits granted to companies that llute -Permits must require zero discharges to air/land and water -Demand adequate resoucs for enforcement and strengthening of
existing laws; encourage expanded and creative penalties -Gather info about companies anshare with other groups -Publicize info about interlocking directorships and past activity
to expose conflicts of interest -Promote immediate closure of facilities found in violati of
federal, state or local regulations by seeking injunctions, require
active compliance with regulations prior to reopening -Promote strengthened local zoningaws to protect the environment -Require impact statements before any permit is granted 4 On ommunity's problem should not become another's problem -Ban international and state import/exor of waste and bad
technologies ?l?Ś -Safe on-site decontamination -Local responsibility RPORATE ACCOUNTABILITY/VICTIM COMPENSATION RESOLUTIONS 1 CorporateRsponsibility to Citizens (in the form of a bill of rights) -Public disclosure of chemicas sed, methods used, 24 hour accident
notification -Speedy results 2. Financial Responsibility -Cradle to grave responsility for cleanup (no sacrifice zones) -Just compensation -Fund set up at very beginning b orporation for
compensation/cleanup -Responsibility of manufacturer doesn't end at point of sale 3. Puic Input -Citizens meet with executives and tour facility on demand -Full right to affectdcisions 4. International responsibilities -Support international code of ethics (UN) -anon export of hazardous waste -Foreign citizens able to sue US companies overseas 5. Prevenion -Research and development on processes that don't pollute -Source Reduction/waste miniizaton -Citizen's groups aiding in this 6. Tracking responsibilities -Labelling statemets tht include, components, recyclability,
degradability, general environmental impact including production and disposal, health imcts -Cradle to grave means citizens know where the waste goes -Financial responsibility fcorporation for dangerous components of
products 7. Compensation is a right -Personal insurance must broaden to include enviroental illness
including testing and right to own personal doctor -Government Coverage for unemployed duto illness with broadened
concept of disability -Workman's compensation (corporate funded) that is speedy and extended to include; relocation, job loss, water, medical,
emotional stress, property values, general health, (if not covered already) 8 Right tKnow -What has been sprayed in public buildings -True goings on chemicals and methods use,notification of
accidents/spills LONG TERM
GOALS RESOLUTIONS 1 Build disposal costs into products 2 Separating income from work 3 Chae institutional character of government decision making 4 Make the connections between othe ssues 5 Coalesce with labor and religion 6 Educate the electorate on environmental issues 7 eed urgency 8 Make international connections ?l?Ś9 Citizen control over alternative technolgie (biotech) 10 Focus on passing resistance on to our children 11 Economic democracy, citizen ecison making about products and production processes 12 Make the planet a safe place to liv 13 Toxics prevention and elimination 14 Change in consciousness, build in interest and involvemnt 15 Making humankind's activities more congenial to the global ecosystem 16 Change consumers bhavior ot to buy products which pollute 17 Cut the fucking bullshit 18 Make our movement as incusive aswe can 19 Remember the animals and the plants 20 Do the least possible harm to the plant 21 Trst technology less "remember the o rings" 22 Begin the heal the damage already done 23 Stop deforstation 24 Get hooked up to computer networks 25 Teach our children to use our tools isely 26 nclude recycling in the schools 27 Economic conversion approach, safe jobs and product 28 Full eployment 29 Shrink the corporations 30 Decentralization 31 Break dependance on auo 32 Develo environmental congress AFFIRMATIVE ACTION RESOLUTIONS 1. I order to stregthen the grassroots environmental movement: Being that: -Minority communites are most likly to be targeted for hazardous
wastes and industry -Minority communities are impacted by a racist corporate community -Minority communities are among the most powerless due to lack of
education and political power -Minority groups are under represented in the environmentalovement 2. Be it resolved -Participation by minority people be encouraged and recognized Groups should cultivate minority leadership through scholarships,
featuring minority keynote speakers, increased workshop orientation
to minorities -Actively coordinate the recruitment and involvement of minority
leadership 3. National environmental movement can act to increase minority
involvement in the following ways -Be sensitive to other issues impacting minority communies -Provide direct support and resources to struggles in local minority
communities -Provide education on minority issues -Hire national coordinators to asse minority participation and
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