Petition Tag - contamination

1. Fully Remediate The Ringwood Mines/Landfill Superfund Site

Important: Please do not sign as anonymous! If you have already signed anonymously and are a Ringwood resident, please edit your signature to reflect your name. That is the only way we can include it in the numbers we need to present the ordinance request to the mayor and council.

For more than 30 years, the Ringwood Mines/Landfill Superfund site has been a blight on the community. Although it was once removed from the EPA's National Priority List, it is the only Superfund in the program's history to be relisted here.

Since being placed on the National Priority List for a second time, more than 47,000 tons of contaminated waste has been removed from the site and new chemical contaminants have been discovered in the groundwater near the site.

Now, as new contaminants are still being found near the site, the Ringwood Borough mayor and council have decided to cap the site as is rather than fully remediate it as the EPA originally recommended. We now demand that our elected officials act according to the will of the people and participate actively in the full remediation of the site.

2. Support Safe Waste disoposal of Pressmud & Ash from Sugar Mills

Pressmud or filter cake, a waste by-product from sugar factories, is a soft, spongy, amorphous and dark brown to brownish material which contains sugar, fiber, coagulated colloids, including cane wax, albuminoids, inorganic salts and soil particles.

By virtue of the chemical composition and high content of organic carbon, the usefulness of pressmud as a valuable organic manure has been reported by several workers. They also reported in their research work that the sugar press residue ( SPR) or pressmud is a potential source of major minerals (Ca-2.40%, P-1.27%, K-1.81%, Mg-1.28%, S-2.62%) as well as of trace elements (Cu-22.6ppm, Fe-2042.0ppm, Zn-36.5ppm, Mn-228.0ppm). Razzaq (2001) also reported in his research work that substituting chemical fertilizers with sugarcane filter cake in crop production will add sulfur and boost up O. M. status of soil to satisfactory level within 5-6 years and improve and maintain soil health.

The soil application of pressmud as organic fertilizer is widely practiced in Pakistan and India. It may be due to the fact that it has got sufficient amount of crop nutrient improves soil physico-chemical properties.

Pressmud is a good source of organic matter, NPK and important micro-nutrients and has established its importance in improving fertility, productivity and other physical properties of agricultural soils. Ash is another waste product that can also be used as fertilizer to supply micro-nutrients to soil and crops and also used in landfills and construction industry. Therefore, land application/other use of this industrial waste for crop production/construction provides a feasible and cost effective disposal alternative.

3. Demand Accountability for Those Responsible for the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

After over a year and a half, not a single person has been held accountable for the catastrophic accident that happened at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in March 2011.

The report of the independent investigation commission set up by the Japanese Diet published in July 2012 unequivocally states that the accident was man-made; TEPCO did not take appropriate measures against the potential risks of tsunami already identified; and the collusion of the government oversight agencies with the nuclear power industry compromised safety. [for the report, go to
http://warp.da.ndl.go.jp/info:ndljp/pid/3856371/naiic.go.jp/en/report/index.html]

In June 2012, a group of over 1,300 people who lived in Fukushima at that time filed criminal charges against 33 individuals, which include former TEPCO executives, government officials in charge of nuclear safety in Japan, and the current Radiation Health Risk Management Adviser appointed by Fukushima Prefecture. The charges were filed with the Fukushima District Prosecutor's Office on the grounds of professional negligence resulting in death and injury, and environmental pollution offense.

The written statements submitted by each plaintiff tell stories of agony of how their daily lives were suddenly uprooted and their human rights violated. No government assistance has been provided for the evacuation of children, and most have been left in dangerously contaminated areas in Fukushima. The impact of radiation exposure on their health is becoming more evident, while the government continues to deny this grim reality.

The second group of an additional 10,000 plaintiffs from the rest of Japan are expected to join this case on November 15, 2012. Now we need to put pressure on the Fukushima District Prosecutor's Office, so that it will not just go through motions, but conduct a thorough investigation that would result in the actual prosecution of the individuals charged. This is only the first step, and a critical one.

4. Shelter the Street Dogs of Sophia, Bulgaria

Sophia means "wisdom". I was born here and I live here. I love my city.

Over 25 years there has been a problem with street dogs.

A shelter or two existed for a while indeed but, a film made in secret by some Britons showed the world how they used to kill dogs in one of these "shelters". This is not a decision!

There are many cases when street dogs attack people and even children. Not to mention dogs as s source of infection.

I don't know who benefits of keeping this situation as it is.

I hope a letter from foreigners to the Minister of Environment and Waters and to the Mayor of the city could make a difference.

Can you, please, help us to improve our life here.

Thank you!

5. Stop Honeywell's Fast-track redevelopment on Columbia Turnpike in Morristown New Jersey

Honeywell International is proposing a "General Development Plan" (GDP) that will result in significant rezoning and increase development on 147-acre property off Columbia Turnpike in Morris township.

Currently proposed are a 250-ROOM HOTEL, CONTINUING CARE FACILITY, 311 RESIDENTIAL STACKED UNITS, a 416 ROOM RETIREMENT FACILITY and other buildings. Any rezoning will greatly change the character of the property which currently has 11 buildings all currently set back a good distance from Columbia Turnpike.

Honeywell's development plan is expected to 1: unsustainably increase traffic, 2: add incremental students to our public schools, 3: add incremental infrastructure expense to the Morris Township Budget and 4: place additional pressure on the environment in the area.

A logical result of the combination of all four will be to depress home prices in the area because very simply, it will no longer be viewed to be as desirable a place to live. This fast tracked redevelopment is not in our neighborhood's best interests and is not compatible with Morris Township's Master Plan or State endorsed plans (The Highland's act). The proposed changes in zoning to a mixed-use site will probably "debase the assessed value of Morris Township’s real estate base." Moreover rezoning through a "General Development Plan" will provide Honeywell with the means to redevelop the site over the next 20 years in ways not yet disclosed to the public and in a manner with which our community cannot foresee. As Tom Malman, a land use attorney with Day Pitney who represent Honeywell has stated (Daily record December 1, 2010) "We're testing the range of uses".

Please don't let Morris township become a test site for corporate greed and unwanted development. We urge you to sign this petition to preserve our community and to become personally involved in the process in which this proposal is moved forward.

6. Neigborhoods are not waste dumps

This is a picture of a Black Mountain water evaporation tank that covers 40 acres in Colorado. This is where drilling fluids/waste are disposed of. These fluids contain chemicals such as benzene and plutonium that are left over from drilling operations such as drilling for oil and natural gas.

The black spots on the photo are “ponds” where water evaporates and chemicals are left behind. I cannot see any water in these "ponds”.

A health department official could smell benzene at this sight, which has been proven to cause rare blood diseases such as leukemia.

· In 2001, pipes burst and no residents were notified of possible contamination in their area.

· Dalbo wants to build an evaporation station on 183 acres including a 50-acre pond and two 33-acre ponds.

· No Federal laws govern these evaporation stations.

· This proposed site is located 2 miles away from the Colorado River which runs through: Colorado, Utah, Arizona, Nevada and California.

· No testing has been done on this wastewater, yet Dalbo says it is non-toxic and non-hazardous, but states it could kill a cow if it drinks enough.

· This proposed site is 250 feet away from an irrigation ditch that is used to water corn and alfalfa fields.

· When a representative for Dalbo was asked if HE would drink that water he said “No.”

Help stop this Company from building this Evaporation Station where millions of people could be affected. It may not leak today or next year, but it will leak and contaminate our water. We need that water to live.

7. Ban DiHydrogen Oxide

Dihydrogen monoxide (DHMO) is colorless, odorless, tasteless, and kills uncounted thousands of people every year. Most of these deaths are caused by accidental inhalation of DHMO, but the dangers of dihydrogen monoxide do not end there. Prolonged exposure to its solid form causes severe tissue damage.

Symptoms of DHMO ingestion can include excessive sweating and urination, and possibly a bloated feeling, nausea, vomiting and body electrolyte imbalance. For those who have become dependent, DHMO withdrawal means certain death.

Dihydrogen monoxide:

is also known as hydroxl acid, and is the major component of acid rain
contributes to the "greenhouse effect."
may cause severe burns.
contributes to the erosion of our natural landscape.
accelerates corrosion and rusting of many metals.
may cause electrical failures and decreased effectiveness of automobile brakes.
has been found in excised tumors of terminal cancer patients.

Contamination Is Reaching Epidemic Proportions!
Quantities of dihydrogen monoxide have been found in almost every stream, lake, and reservoir in America today. But the pollution is global, and the contaminant has even been found in Antarctic ice. DHMO has caused millions of dollars of property damage in the Midwest, and recently California.

Despite the danger, dihydrogen monoxide is often used:

as an industrial solvent and coolant.
in nuclear power plants.
in the production of styrofoam.
as a fire retardant.
in many forms of cruel animal research.
in the distribution of pesticides. Even after washing, produce remains contaminated by this chemical.
as an additive in certain "junk-foods" and other food products.

Companies dump waste DHMO into rivers and the ocean, and nothing can be done to stop them because this practice is still legal. The impact on wildlife is extreme, and we cannot afford to ignore it any longer!

The Horror Must Be Stopped!
The American government has refused to ban the production, distribution, or use of this damaging chemical due to its "importance to the economic health of this nation." In fact, the navy and other military organizations are conducting experiments with DHMO, and designing multi-billion dollar devices to control and utilize it during warfare situations. Hundreds of military research facilities receive tons of it through a highly sophisticated underground distribution network. Many store large quantities for later use.

It's Not Too Late!
Act NOW to prevent further contamination. Find out more about this dangerous chemical. What you don't know can hurt you and others throughout the world.
Sign this petition and help stop This Invisible Killer.