Archive | October, 2011

EPA: More tests planned near Koppers Supersund site Gainesville, Florida

20 Oct

EPA: More tests planned near Koppers Supersund site Gainesville, Florida

The Environmental Protection Agency will require additional environmental tests in the area around the Cabot Koppers Superfund site, including further sampling of soil and indoor dust.

Scott Miller, the regional remediation manager for the EPA, said Wednesday that the federal agency would, to the “greatest extent” possible, implement the testing plan that a committee assembled by the Florida Department of Health released in July.

On Tuesday, county commissioners sent the EPA a letter pushing for the agency to require indoor dust testing at homes in the Stephen Foster neighborhood adjacent to the polluted former wood treatment plant property to measure levels of the carcinogen dioxin.

Miller said the EPA, which requested that the FDOH assemble a working group to prepare a testing plan, was attempting to secure permission from property owners to enter homes and conduct tests.

“There’s always the theoretical and the real world,” he said. “Sometimes it’s as simple as I can’t get access to a house.”

Miller said the tests would be funded by Beazer East, the company legally responsible for the cleanup of Koppers. Talks were ongoing with Beazer East to determine whether the EPA or the company would be in charge of conducting the tests, Miller said.

“One would look over the other’s shoulder,” he added.

The ongoing negotiation between the EPA and Beazer East was one reason the county’s Environmental Protection Advisory Committee (EPAC) asked the County Commission to push for further tests.

“The concern I expressed is EPA is in a room somewhere with Beazer discussing what they’re going to fund and how much they’re going to fund, and that’s a closed process,” said Bob Palmer, the chairman of EPAC and a member of the FDOH working group.

No timetable was given for when the tests of indoor dust would commence. But Miller said additional soil sampling at residential and commercial properties should start in December.

The end result of the dust testing remains uncertain. There are no state or federal standards for regulating dioxin levels in dust, according to the FDOH report. Meanwhile, the EPA has been working since 1991 on a reassessment of the health risks associated with exposure to the various sources of dioxin exposure. Steve Roberts, the director of the University of Florida Center for Environmental & Human Toxicology, said that has been a “very controversial subject.”

“How you calculate that for dioxin has been the subject of lots and lots of discussion,” said Roberts, who also served on the FDOH working group.

Dioxin refers to about 30 similar chemical compounds, including toxic substances that are released on combustion and in chemical processes such as the wood treatment process used for decades at the Koppers plant. The property has been listed as a polluted federal Superfund site for more than 25 years.

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Follow-up letter to President Obama RE: Koppers/Beazer East Superfund, Gainesville, Florida

10 Oct

Follow-up letter to President Obama  from Alachua County Board of County Commissioners E: Koppers Superfund, Gainesville, Florida

This is the 2nd letter sent out to the President from the BoCC

Link to 1st letter:


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Solidarity with “Occupy Wall St.”

7 Oct

Dear Friends and community members of Gainesville, Florida and surrounding areas. Be a part of this historical Event~~”The Revolution” ~~Stand in Solidarity with “Occupy Wall St.”  WE will be occupying Gainesville @ the Bo Diddley plaza On Oct. 12th.. starting at 8am. Please bring signs or whatever you have to express your solidarity.  With Taking back our government from the corporation.

If you are not aware of what is going on then please go to And educate yourself! Together we stand!

We are the 99%!



This was unanimously voted on by all members of Occupy Wall Street last night, around 8pm, Sept 29. It is our first official document for release. We have three more underway, that will likely be released in the upcoming days: 1) A declaration of demands. 2) Principles of Solidarity 3) Documentation on how to form your own Direct Democracy Occupation Group.

This is a living document. you can receive an official press copy of the latest version by emailing

Declaration of the Occupation of New York City

As we gather together in solidarity to express a feeling of mass injustice, we must not lose sight of what brought us together. We write so that all people who feel wronged by the corporate forces of the world can know that we are your allies.

As one people, united, we acknowledge the reality: that the future of the human race requires the cooperation of its members; that our system must protect our rights, and upon corruption of that system, it is up to the individuals to protect their own rights, and those of their neighbors; that a democratic government derives its just power from the people, but corporations do not seek consent to extract wealth from the people and the Earth; and that no true democracy is attainable when the process is determined by economic power. We come to you at a time when corporations, which place profit over people, self-interest over justice, and oppression over equality, run our governments. We have peaceably assembled here, as is our right, to let these facts be known.

They have taken our houses through an illegal foreclosure process, despite not having the original mortgage.

They have taken bailouts from taxpayers with impunity, and continue to give Executives exorbitant bonuses.

They have perpetuated inequality and discrimination in the workplace based on age, the color of one’s skin, sex, gender identity and sexual orientation.

They have poisoned the food supply through negligence, and undermined the farming system through monopolization.

They have profited off of the torture, confinement, and cruel treatment of countless nonhuman animals, and actively hide these practices.

They have continuously sought to strip employees of the right to negotiate for better pay and safer working conditions.

They have held students hostage with tens of thousands of dollars of debt on education, which is itself a human right.

They have consistently outsourced labor and used that outsourcing as leverage to cut workers’ healthcare and pay.

They have influenced the courts to achieve the same rights as people, with none of the culpability or responsibility.

They have spent millions of dollars on legal teams that look for ways to get them out of contracts in regards to health insurance.

They have sold our privacy as a commodity.

They have used the military and police force to prevent freedom of the press.

They have deliberately declined to recall faulty products endangering lives in pursuit of profit.

They determine economic policy, despite the catastrophic failures their policies have produced and continue to produce.

They have donated large sums of money to politicians supposed to be regulating them.

They continue to block alternate forms of energy to keep us dependent on oil.

They continue to block generic forms of medicine that could save people’s lives in order to protect investments that have already turned a substantive profit.

They have purposely covered up oil spills, accidents, faulty bookkeeping, and inactive ingredients in pursuit of profit.

They purposefully keep people misinformed and fearful through their control of the media.

They have accepted private contracts to murder prisoners even when presented with serious doubts about their guilt.

They have perpetuated colonialism at home and abroad.

They have participated in the torture and murder of innocent civilians overseas.

They continue to create weapons of mass destruction in order to receive government contracts. *

To the people of the world,

We, the New York City General Assembly occupying Wall Street in Liberty Square, urge you to assert your power.

Exercise your right to peaceably assemble; occupy public space; create a process to address the problems we face, and generate solutions accessible to everyone.

To all communities that take action and form groups in the spirit of direct democracy, we offer support, documentation, and all of the resources at our disposal.

Join us and make your voices heard!