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Information about Industrial Pollution and Neighborhoods on and around Ithaca's South Hill
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300 Feet of East Spencer St. Sewer to be replaced with "vented" sewer line - 25-foot stack to be installed at bottom of Turner Place. Blue circle shows the stack location, red lines show sewer. See more details below.
After Soil Vapor tests in 2008 and 2009 revealed considerable levels of TCE and PCE (PERC), indoor air tests were performed in homes along Pearsall and Crescent Places, as well as Hudson and Columbia Streets.
Cornell "DesignConnect" Team Show South Hill Maps and Tools at December 5th Meeting
"Cornell Green Consulting Group" Presents Emerson Site Ideas at November 17th Meeting
Latest Progress Report for EPT On-Site Dual-Phase Extraction System
Common Council Vote to Approve Easement Fails at August 18th Meeting
Neighbors protest granting of Easement for East Spencer St. Sewer Work
As reported online in the Ithaca Times, July 27, the Ithaca City Board of Public Works received a petition from East Spencer Street neighbors asking the City to delay granting of an easement required by EPT to proceed with the sewer work. They heard pleas from neighbors about the quality of the air, asking for tests to confirm that the sewer "remedy" would not make things worse.
Strong language, requiring substantial testing, was approved clearly by the BPW and the City Administration Committee when they considered the matter, and they passed that strong requirement on to Council for consideration a week ago. It was presented to Council so quickly that they tabled the matter. Unfortunately, the negotiating process over the last day has resulted in way too many concessions: a loss of testing on demand, and no testing of homes to demonstrate that the "remedy" has worked.
We need to send a strong message to Council that we need them to insist on steps which will protect us, and that it is proper (as voted by the BPW and City Administration Committee) to use the leverage of the required easement to do so. The language of the resolution text now being considered does NOT do this. We should WITHHOLD approval of the easement resolution until it is changed to protect us.
Please consider the facts which Walter Hang spells out clearly in his letter at http://www.toxicstargeting.com/FormerMorseChain/coalition-letter
WSP (Emerson’s Consultants) Release “90 PERCENT DESIGN” Document for Sewer Work
DETAILED TOXINS MAPS RELEASED
reported in the New York Times, Walter Hang, President of Toxics
Targeting, has made a combination of powerful mapping tools and his
firm's toxins data available (for free) at the company web
site. These maps allow detailed review of specific addresses and neighborhoods
and their proximity to reported toxin sites throughout New York State.
Walter and his firm deserve both a "Wow!" and our thanks for
making this impressive capability available.
ITHACA CITY COMMUNITY ADVISORY GROUP MEETING MONTHLY
The Community Advisory Group (CAG) concerned with Ithaca’s contaminated sites has been convened to promote greater public participation in cleanup projects and to help citizens and the involved government agencies make better-informed decisions. It is important to note that a CAG does not serve as a decision-making body. It is not a voting entity and does not set policy or make decisions regarding project design and implementation. Instead, a CAG is intended to provide a forum through which a broad and diverse sample of community needs and interests are represented. Agency staff cutbacks and municipal budget pressures make it essential that we maximize the value of our contacts with the state agencies and with our local officials.
Area Environmentalists Lose a Very Good Friend: Prof. Jim Gillett dies at 77
Prof. Jim Gillett helped establish "ecotoxicology" as a course of study, and worked in many ways to help diverse groups of people deal with the myriad problems related to toxins and proximity to toxic sites. Even when in poor health, he came to meetings and hearings, to help all of us understand the many ways that our lives can be affected by toxic trespass. We remain very grateful for his good work and active interest. The Cornell Chronicle obituary is here.