2005 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: 24 Mar 2005 03:04:40 -0000
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] Beryllium safety issues in Tucson (AZ)
The Brush Up

A local lawmaker shows she's not afraid of a little beryllium

Tucson Weekly
March 17, 2005

Brush Ceramic Products, where beryllium oxide has permanently injured dozens of employees, led to the deaths of others and may threaten neighborhood schools, is retooling its message in hopes of projecting an image as a cautious and caring southside partner.

The spin was given full display last week at a study session of the Sunnyside Unified School District governing board, which was slapped with the cold reality that beryllium was found a half-mile from Brush Ceramic Products in the Sunnyside High School administration building.

The Brush Ceramic video and its corporate boasting of new involvement in the southside community--from participating in a neighborhood association cleanup to joining an annual Christmas bicycle benefit for children in need--also came as scrapers and graders shift the earth north of the plant for 596 homes.

There was no louder champion for Brush Ceramic Products than Linda Lopez, the Sunnyside School Board member and Democratic member of the state House of Representatives.


For the entire article, see
Lenny Siegel
Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
c/o PSC, 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041
Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545
Fax: 650/961-8918

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