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Petition to City of Houston, TX, Centerpoint Energy

Houston's high glare LED street lights are a danger to night vision and health.

ABOVE:  THE RIGHT LED, WARM WHITE, LOW GLARE, ONLY 17 WATTS IN RIVERSIDE COUNTY, CA DOES THE JOB OF 45 WATT RESIDENTIAL STREET LIGHTING IN HOUSTON  Cities everywhere are rightly recognizing the promise of LED street and security lighting to reduce energy costs and save the environment by reducing the carbon footprint.  But the choice of an overly bright white bulb is counterproductive.  Remember Jimmy Stewart in the Hitchcock movie "Rear Window?"  He used bright white light to blind his attacker, not help him see!  A Brooklyn resident said new white LED's just like ours made it feel like the aliens have landed just outside his home. The glare disturbs residents trying to enjoy their homes at night, is uncomfortable for pedestrians and drivers, and uses more energy than today's new warmer LED's installed at the best intensity for good night vision which can save 30% to 50% more in energy costs.  When glare hits the eye, you can't see all the light put out by the luminaire.  We are paying for twice the energy to see only half the light! Houston plans to replace all 176,000 street lights with high glare white LED's.  But recent testing has shown that citizens strongly prefer warm white LED street lights at reduced intensity wherever they have been tried and report that the street appears better lit.  Glare is the enemy of night vision for everyone and even more so for older residents.  Furthermore, the American Medical Association published a paper in June strongly urging cities to reject street lights with too much blue in the spectrum both because they reduce visibility and they interfere with natural melatonin production at night needed for good sleep quality. Melatonin has been shown to reduce the growth rate of certain cancers including breast and prostate. Cancer rates are higher in brightly lit areas and higher for night shift workers who sleep during the day.  We need light at night, but it is harmful to live in daylight 24/7.  Cities that have already listened to the AMA:  Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago, Washington DC, Phoenix, Tucson, San Francisco, San Diego, Columbus, Montreal, many communities in Connecticut and Massachusetts, the entire state of Georgia!  We request the following: 1. PAUSE the installation of the current white 4000K LED street light choice. 2. CONSULT with cities that are successfully transitioning to warm white LED's instead including Los Angeles, New York City, Phoenix, Chicago, Tucson, and San Francisco. The photo above is "after" a street put in the conversion we desire, a warm white shielded LED with much better visibility and less glare!  And color rendition is still adequate enough to satisfy crime fighters. 3. SAVE even more money on energy costs. 4. ENCOURAGE the use of non glare security lighting through an education campaign or lighting ordinance so the intended target is better lit and drivers and homeowners will not be blinded by the light.    

Deborah Moran
772 supporters
Update posted 8 hours ago

Petition to Residents, Property Owners & Businesses of Lincoln Park

General Iron – Belong in Lincoln Park? Signing This Petition is a "NO" Vote

Background General Iron is an open-air, scrap metal transfer station, located one block west of Clybourn Avenue at the corner of Cortland and Kingsbury in Lincoln Park. The facility is immediately adjacent to the Chicago River. General Iron has been operating at this location for several decades.  Marilyn and Adam Labkon operate the business. What is Scrap Metal? Examples of discarded scrap metal are ordinary household metals (aerosol cans, beverage cans, old refrigerators, air conditioners), electrical metals (wire, conduit, light fixtures), car parts (radiators, batteries, transmissions) construction metals (paint cans, aluminum siding, rebar) and industrial metals (welding tanks). Some metals such as batteries, radiators, transmissions, refrigerators and paint cans contain, or are coated with, industrial chemicals. Where Does the Scrap Metal Come From? From anywhere and unknown origins.  Scrappers transport scrap metal from all over the Chicago metropolitan area to the General Iron facility. From small Scrappers who traverse the city alleys to large semi’s loaded with scrap, if it’s scrap metal, it is likely to be discarded at General Iron. The payment for the scrap metal varies based on demand for the various recycled metal. What takes place at General Iron? Monday through Saturday, General Iron receives tons of scrap metal from both known and unknown sources. The scrap metal is loaded into a grinding machine that grinds the scrap metal into small pieces. The ground up scrap metal is then loaded into a high-speed conveyor belt and thrown airborne onto large piles that extend 70’ or higher. There are several large piles of scrap metal stockpiled at the facility. Eventually, the ground up scrap metal is loaded onto barges and transported down the river to other facilities where the recycling process continues.   Watch General Iron's operations first hand: Why Should We Be Concerned? 1. The origin for a substantial amount of the scrap metal received by General Iron is unknown.  General Iron does not pre-screen the scrap metal for hazardous waste, combustionable materials, toxins or contaminants that may be harmful to the environment (such as lead and acid from car batteries and Freon from discarded refrigerators) before the scrap metal is ground into small pieces and disbursed airborne into large piles. 2. When the ground up scrap metal is thrown airborne, metal dust and unknown coatings/environmental contaminants may be transported by wind into the nearby residential neighborhoods of Lincoln Park; potentially exposing people to unknown environmental contaminants and health risks.    3. When the stockpiled scrap metal is exposed to water or rain, unknown quantities of metal dust and unknown quantities of coatings/pollutants may be washed onto the ground into the adjacent river and city sewer system. 4. When the scrap is loaded onto barges to be transported down the north branch of the Chicago river, it is likely some scrap metal inadvertently has been spilled into the river causing additional environmental concerns.  5. Periodically, fires have ignited in the large scrap piles. Most recently, the morning of Sunday, December 6, 2015 and the morning of Friday, December 11, 2015, the Chicago Fire Department responded to burning piles of scrap metal. The CFD declared the December 6th fire a Level One Hazmat emergency due to nearby Lincoln Park residents and businesses being exposed to plumes of thick, dense smoke and possible exposure to unknown pollutants for a two hour period before the fire was extinguished. 6. From time-to-time, explosions have taken place at General Iron when unknown, highly volatile gases are ignited. 7. The Lincoln Park neighborhood is exposed to significant noise levels from General Iron’s operations six days a week including as early as 5AM on Saturdays. Can General Iron relocate to other parts of the city that is a safe distance from residential neighborhoods? Yes. There are many parts of the city where a scrap metal transfer station can operate safely without jeopardizing the health and well-being of residents who would otherwise live in close proximity to their facility.

Concerned Neighbors
1,878 supporters
Update posted 23 hours ago

Petition to Clarksville-Montgomery County Regional Planning Commission, Clarksville City Councilman Mike Alexander, Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan, Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett, Montgomery County Commissioner John Gannon, Montgomery County Commissioner Charles Keene, Clarksville City Councilman Jeff Burkhart, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, State Representative Curtis Johnson, State Senator Mark Green

KEEP OUR CLARKSVILLE FAMILIES SAFE! Say NO to ATLASBX's Toxic Pollution and Battery Plant

We are residents, friends and neighbors that are proud to call Clarksville home. We love our community, and even more so, our families. That is why we are concerned about AtlasBX’s plans to open a massive lead-acid battery plant on International Blvd. in Clarksville. While we welcome the jobs that such a plant may bring to our community, the benefits must outweigh the risks and that simply does not appear to be the case here.  AtlasBX will be allowed to emit over 100,000 pounds (50 tons) of particulate matter per year in Clarksville including nearly 1,000 pounds (.5 tons) of toxic lead, 6,400 pounds of sulfuric acid (3.2 tons), 8,000 pounds of sulfur dioxide (4 tons), and more. Clearly, all of these emissions and pollution can have a negative impact on the health and safety of our families which is why the Regional Planning Commission needs to think long and hard before simply approving a Site Plan for AtlasBX’s proposed lead acid battery plant on September 26th. It simply doesn’t make sense to have a lead acid battery plant so close to so many homes, two public schools, a hospital and a vineyard. Just because the City/County made International Blvd an industrial area, won’t change the health impacts our children will feel from the lead and toxic particulates the proposed AtlasBX plant will be allowed to release into our air and water if the project is approved. There are several reasons to be concerned about AtlasBX's proposed lead acid battery plant: There has been an utter lack of transparency and information about this project and potential impacts on the community and our health and safety The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) has refused to hold a public meeting on AtlasBX's air construction permit. The only public notice TDEC provided to the general public was buried in small print in the Leaf Chronicle before closing public comment on July 1st. No one even knew about it.  AtlasBX requested not to install an industry recommended ambient lead monitor which would help the public ensure that AtlasBX is not exceeding allowed lead and toxic particulate emission rates. Because AtlasBX "promised" not to exceed 1,000 pounds of lead emissions per year, TDEC has agreed that Atlas does not have to install this much needed monitor. AtlasBX first proposed to emit no more than .24 tons of lead per year but nearly doubled that to .47 tons of lead per year AFTER TDEC closed public comment on July 1st AtlasBX only has a record and history in pollution plagued South Korea and their sister company, Hankook Tires, already has two Clean Air Act “high priority violations” since opening their Clarksville plant just 11 months ago. Proponents contend that because the area is zoned for industrial use and the company "promises" not to exceed the inflated and high emissions limits set by TDEC, that residents have nothing to worry about. They ignore the fact that regardless if the site is zoned for industrial use, it is within two miles or less of hundreds of homes, two public schools, a hospital and a vineyard.  Proponents also fail to prove why residents should simply have faith that TDEC will keep everyone safe when their record for the lead acid battery plant in Bristol and Atlas' sister company Hankook Tires in Clarksville, has been to slap them on the wrist with a minor fine, if at all, rather than vigilantly monitor and enforce already inflated emission allowances. Please join with your friends and neighbors in keeping Clarksville safe for ALL of our families by signing this petition. Please also consider attending the Regional Planning Commission meeting on AtlasBX's proposed Site Plan on Wednesday, September 26th at 2pm at 329 Main Street in Clarksville. 

Keep Clarksville Safe & Strong
1,422 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Lucia Athens, City of Austin, Texas, Amy Petri

Save Springdale Farms!

Springdale Farms is a 5-acre urban farm nestled in the ever-changing, ever-growing 78702 neighborhood of Austin, TX. It is one of the last few precious gems of the neighborhood. The long time owners and farmers of the land had to sell the property due to failing health and an investment company bought it. For now, the investment company is allowing the on-site restaurant/food truck, Eden East, care for the farm and run the day-to-day business. But as we all know, it is only a matter of time before the farm will be destroyed to make way for a new condo, apartment, or hotel. Thus, I want to call upon our friends at the Austin Department of Sustainability to help save the farm before it's too late! If you've never been to Springdale Farms, I highly encourage you to go for a visit. Not only are the people who care for the land wonderful, the farm and land itself are magical. Huge trees, thriving plants, bountiful vegetables, buzzing bees, clucking chickens...The best part is that the farm is open to the public and in fact, encourages Austinites to come wander around the farm, visit the chickens, talk to the plants, share in Mother Earth's bounty, and even partake in a community meal. It is a hidden oasis in the midst of a growing metropolitan. As Austin continues to grow and change, it is so important to preserve Austin's personality and uniqueness. Springdale Farms embodies everything that is amazing about Austin's soul. If we don't do something to help save it, Springdale Farms will fall victim to the results of growth, greed, and gentrification like the hundreds of other longstanding Austin businesses and properties. My hope in starting this petition is to call upon the City of Austin and the Department of Sustainability to save and preserve the magic of Springdale Farms. As a passionate local, I'm willing to do all I can to help save it. Not only does the Farm mean so much to the local community, but it also personally means a lot to me. Not only am I a frequent visitor of the farm, but I also recently got engaged there. Thus, it holds a special place in my heart. I can't imagine the future of Austin without the farm in it, and I would always regret it if I didn't do all I could to help save this amazing farm. Lets all come together to show how much we love Springdale Farms and all the other urban farms around the country!

Sara Steinbeck
222 supporters