Stop the heartbreak and poison gases for Louisville families!
  • Petitioned Sarah Curtis

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Legislative Correspondent in Washington
Sarah Curtis
Legislative Correspondent in Washington
Alex Keeney
Louisville Mayor
Greg Fischer
Kentucky Governor
Steve Beshear
KYDEP Supervisor of Federal Superfund Section
Wesley Turner
USEPA Administrator
Lisa Jackson
USEPA Region 4 Administrator
Gwendolyn Keyes Fleming
USEPA Remedial Project Manager
Donna Seadler
Kentucky Governor
Kentucky State House
Kentucky State Senate
U.S. Senate
U.S. House of Representatives
State Rep. Jim Gooch
State Sen. Perry Clark
State Sen. Sara Gregory
State Sen. Ernie Harris
State Sen. Gerald Neal
State Sen. Denise Harper Angel
State Rep. Reginald Meeks
State Sen. Julie Denton
State Rep. Darryl Owens
State Rep. Larry Clark
Gov. Steve Beshear
State Rep. Bob DeWeese
State Sen. Robert Stivers
Rep. Brett Guthrie
Sen. Rand Paul
Sen. Mitch McConnell
Rep. John Yarmuth
Rep. Hal Rogers
Rep. Thomas Massie
Rep. Ed Whitfield

Stop the heartbreak and poison gases for Louisville families!

    1. Petition by

      Edison Wetlands Association

Generations of residents from Riverside Gardens in Louisville, Kentucky, have suffered from a host of deadly diseases due to an inefficient cleanup concluded in 1988. Residents were left in the wake of the fiasco with a toxic blight still looming next to their community. In addition to leaching poisonous chemicals to the nearby community of Riverside Gardens through both the groundwater and air, the site is adjacent to the Ohio River, posing a potential hazard to all communities along the river.  The time for action is now—help the residents demand that the site be relisted as a Superfund Site on the National Priorities List!

The deadly 112- acre Lee’s Lane Landfill is located in the City of Louisville, Kentucky directly adjacent to the Ohio River. Historically operating as a sand and gravel quarry, the site began to receive domestic, industrial and commercial waste in 1948. However, in 1973 the disturbing truth was officially discovered-- the operator of the site had also been illegally receiving and dumping toxic waste into the landfill. Although the site closed in 1975, the tragedy was just beginning.

Over 212,000 tons of mixed waste was indiscriminately dumped at the Lee’s Lane Landfill. The decomposing waste at the site produced gases, including methane, which migrated into the homes of the Riverside Gardens residents. Then, in 1975, some residents began experiencing flash fires near their water heaters from the explosive levels of gases entering their homes. Despite extensive soil, surface, and groundwater contamination, including carcinogenic chemicals such as arsenic, chromium, benzene, and lead, the site was not added to the Superfund National Priorities List until 1982.

Unfortunately, the cleanup consisted neither of fully removing or remediating the toxic waste. Plans for a venting system to thermally treat gases from the site were only partially implemented, and no serious attempt was made to control for potential groundwater contamination. In fact, the USEPA decided not to conduct necessary drilling tests on the extent of groundwater contamination due to a fear of health risks to workers associated with drilling through the toxicwaste material.

Now the venting system is languishing in disrepair and the residents are still being poisoned from the inadequate initial cleanup. Please write to the USEPA and tell them to end the legacy of pollution in Louisville, Kentucky. We need to stand up to protect the health and safety of this community—demand that the Lee’s Lane Landfill be relisted as a Superfund site!

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    1. Reached 100 signatures
    2. Agencies Develop Options For Lee's Lane Landfill

      “That place is really just a sick place down there. I can't stress that enough,” said John House. House said the Lee's Lane landfill destroyed his family. He claimed almost every member of his family grew up in the area and has been affected by illnesses from cancer to lupus and brain aneurysms. “I'm here to ask you to start looking at this place with a different set of eyes. This place really needs a good public health assessment. It needs ambient air assessments. There's people down there that are still sick,” House said.

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    Reasons for signing

    • D. Singer OAKLAND, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      Environmental destruction of this type is criminal and the government should work aggressively to mitigate damages.

    • Ray E. Tillman LOUISVILLE, KY
      • about 2 years ago

      I live very close to the landfill

    • Lisa Riggiola POMPTON LAKES, NJ
      • over 2 years ago

      Please save some lives and help these wonderful people that are suffering. How many have to become sick or die before the right thing is done for these people? HELP THEM NOW PLEASE! If you would be kind enough to please sign and share our critical petition - Stop DuPont Chemical from Poisoning New Jersey Families Thank you for caring.

    • Cynthia Spiegel EDISON, NJ
      • over 2 years ago

      We need to help the families of Louisville. How many more people must die?

    • Robert Spiegel EDISON, NJ
      • over 2 years ago

      I care about the children of Louisville and the our shared world. The USEPA must relist this site and really clean it up.


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