|From:||Emery Graham <email@example.com>|
|Date:||Mon, 16 Aug 1999 12:25:47 -0700 (PDT)|
|Subject:||Local Governments Face Harsh Realities|
I'm interested in finding out how other local governments are faring with their new found brownfield/hazardous waste site involvements. The following City Council resolution will help the listserv members understand the concerns of this local City Council. As new waste sites are discovered, new concerns are raised and new action orientations emerge. I'd really like to get other's perspective on this question of emerging legislative and organizational consciousness around hazardous waste sites. Do you think EPA intended to generate this sort of conscious raising environment with its Brownfields Demonstration Assessment Grant program? Why is ATSDR (the Agency for Toxic Substance Disease Registry) not featured more prominently to the administrators of the Brownfields community programs? ATSDR has been operating under an MOA with EPA to provide health assessment support. Is the situation described in the following resolution one where EPA's Emergency Response 800 number should be used? Where's the widely promulgated citizen response routine that would afford citizens a modicum of a sense of situational control, given that there's no preplanned local routines, like dial 911, that have been inculcated in the social mind of the community to handle this type of problem. Wilmington, Delaware August 12, 1999 WHEREAS, Helen Chambers Park, located on the block bounded by 6th, 7th, Madison, and Monroe Streets is currently being operated as a public playground and is known to be a hazardous waste site; and WHEREAS, this summer, the City of Wilmington encouraged children to come to Helen Chambers Park, a playground site that offered summer recreational programs and free lunch; and WHEREAS, the absence of any determination by City of Wilmington officials as to whether it is safe, from a health perspective, for children to continue playing at Helen Chambers Park given the known existence of hazardous waste at the site is a cause for concern with liability implications if not properly determined; and WHEREAS, on one occasion this summer, the extremely dry dirt on the baseball field was stirred up by a Parks & Recreation field maintenance employee in such a way as to cause large dust clouds to blow on the children while they were eating lunch; and WHEREAS, Duffield Associate, Inc. has performed a preliminary environmental evaluation of the site, which included limited sampling and laboratory analysis of soils and the issuance of reports dated November 1998 and December 1998; and WHEREAS, on February 2, 1999, the City of Wilmington filed a Voluntary Cleanup Program Application with the Delaware Department of Natural Resources And Environmental Control under the signature of R. Clayton Greer, E.I.T. of Duffield Associates, Inc.; and WHEREAS, the contents of the application represented that there are contaminants at the property which cause an imminent threat based on EPA , Region III, Risk Based Concentration tables and further represented that the major types of contamination found at the site are metals, polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons, and petroleum hydrocarbons in soils; and WHEREAS, on March 15, 1999,Mayor Sills vetoed an Ordinance creating a Childrenís Environmental Hazards Education Committee; and WHEREAS, on April 7, 1999 under the signature of James H. Sills, Jr., Mayor, the City of Wilmington entered into a Voluntary Cleanup Program Agreement with the Delaware Department of Natural Resources And Environmental Control regarding Helen Chambers Park; and WHEREAS, on June 30, 1999 under the signature of Mayor Sills, a letter was filed with DNREC requesting that the Voluntary Cleanup Agreement be terminated immediately; and WHEREAS, at the City Council Parks & Recreation Committee meeting held on August 11, 1999, neither the Administrative Assistant to the Mayor, the Director of Parks and Recreation nor the Assistant City Solicitor, all of whom were in attendance, could identify any written evaluation indicating whether it is safe for children to continue playing in Helen Chambers Park; and WHEREAS, Mr. Greer of Duffield Associates was called yesterday and has been requested to identify whether the park is safe for children and has failed to provide a written answer; and - 2 - NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WILMINGTON, that Council requests the City Solicitorís office to review all relevant information related to hazardous waste at Helen Chambers Park and provide a legal opinion to all members of City Council identifying whether it is safe for children to continue playing at the park and to draft an appropriate notification regarding the same for distribution to the residents surrounding the park. Passed by City Council, August 12, 1999
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