|Date:||Thu, 19 Nov 2009 13:46:17 -0800 (PST)|
|Subject:||Re: [CPEO-BIF] Public disclosure and involvement, state by state|
Several years ago Exxon-Mobile contaminated an old gas station here in NJ and the soil and acquifer underlying homes of the surrounding neighborhood when UST's were ruptured during removal. Neighbors reported illnesses and had complained about the smell and called the gas company but no leak had been found. It wasn't until the gas station wanted to re-open as a larger, 24 hr station that neighbors in opposing the increased use learned about the contamination. The corp had notified the local emergency management office and the state, but not one of the neighbors impacted by the contamination were alerted. The neighbors were understandably furious, felt deceived, and banded together for a lawsuit against the corp.
MaryAnn Sorenen Allacci, PhD
Projects for Environmental Health, Knowledge, & Action, Inc.
----- Original Message -----
From: Lenny Siegel
Date: Wednesday, November 18, 2009 6:33 pm
Subject: [CPEO-BIF] Public disclosure and involvement, state by state
To: Brownfields Internet Forum
> Yesterday, at the Brownfields conference in New Orleans, we had
> a lively
> panel discussion that addressed, among other things, state
> for public disclosure and involvement under voluntary cleanup
> When (if ever) do members of the public - particularly site
> neighbors -
> learn about releases of hazardous substances? Are regulatory
> requirements met?
> Tell the list what happens in your state.
> Lenny Siegel
> Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
> a project of the Pacific Studies Center
> 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041
> Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545
> Fax: 650/961-8918
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