October 8th is the Date
Sep 18, 2019 —
After nearly two weeks of calls and emails, I received confirmation that Tony Wright, King County’s Director of Facilities Management, will come hear concerns from the community about the environmental impacts of Ardagh Glass’ toxic operations on October 8th at South Seattle Community College’s Georgetown Campus (6737 Corson Avenue South). Please add this to your calendar and make sure to be there. Speak if you can, but even just showing up to support those who want to share their concerns can have a huge impact. You can also help get the word out by sharing with your networks and bringing people along with you.
Glass packaging manufacturing is a notoriously harmful process that isn’t meant to be anywhere near population centers. This operation has been one of the Northwest’s biggest polluters, spewing carcinogens into the air and water 24 hours a day, 7 days a week since the 1930’s, fighting efforts to clean up their act all along the way. It should be an easy decision for King County leadership to lease this tax payer owned land to a business that will be a better steward of the environment, however Ardagh is a large, multinational corporation with vast resources and they have partnered with powerful industrial lands lobbyists to pressure county leadership into quickly and quietly renewing their lease so they can continue to put profit over the environment for decades to come.
County leaders have been hearing from interests with financial motives, but up until now have declined to hear from members of the community who will be paying the price of this decision with their families’ health for years to come. This may be our only opportunity for our voices to be heard before the decision is made and finalized. Please do your best to attend.
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