Public Health and Safety
Petition to Jasmine Barnett
Stop Ambassador Bridge Truck Plaza Expansion
Dear Council Members, The undersigned residents, community groups, and local businesses request that you deny the request of the Detroit International Bridge Company (DIBC) or other interest to vacate several street and alley ways in the Hubbard Richard neighborhood in Detroit for industrial, transportation, or commercial purposes. This includes the closure of St. Anne Street from West Lafayette to West Fort Street. We ask that the following list of concerns and factors that we urge then City of Detroit and council members to consider in making their decision: 1) Public health: These closures directly impacts the health, safety, and quality of life of a dense, vibrant residential neighborhood. The bridge plaza takes in thousands of trucks per day, and many of the times the backups last hours due to truck processing issues on the Windsor bridge plaza. This request brings them closer to our homes. Furthermore, the increased diesel pollution would have a significant impact on residents, who already suffer from asthma at one of the highest rates in Michigan. The Detroit Health Department has been outspoken about the air quality challenges in southwest Detroit. They should be consulted. 2) Impacts enjoyment of property: The Hubbard Richard community would endure more noise, decreased property values, and decreased enjoyment of property. You can hear the trucks from inside of St. Anne’s de Detroit Church, Freedom House, the Academy of Americas school and homes. This request makes it worse. Mexicantown businesses will further be closed off and unable to be accessed from West Fort Street and downtown. 3) Closing off neighborhood from access of fire & police services: There are FIVE dead end streets off St Anne’s Street that depend on the access to Fort Street. The Hubbard Richard neighborhood is dense with tons of businesses, homes, a school, park and very active Church (weddings, funerals, religious events etc.). What kind of study was completed to confirm this was addressed? 4) Public notification was not proper: The City of Detroit’s notification process is flawed. The claim that residents were notified on St. Anne’s is false. Many of the signatures below reside on St Anne. We also don’t understand how residents living on the dead-end streets off St. Anne Street would not be properly notified. 5) Bridge Plaza already expanded: The Ambassador Bridge plaza recently went through a large expansion, the Gateway Project that the community supported to facilitate efficient processing of cars and trucks through this growing and thriving community. The Gateway Project represented the largest interchange project in the history of the State of Michigan, with some $238 million of cost, using mostly public tax dollars. It is unconscionable that within just a few years after the community had to host such massive construction project—designed, in part, to expand Ambassador Bridge capacity and to create a long-term separation between industrial and commercial traffic and residential enjoyment—that it is being asked to host further encroachment by the bridge. 6) Petitioner Acting in Bad Faith: DIBC has already closed at least one public alley way without permission from the City of Detroit. They also have used a standard fence with black tarp not a real wall that helps reduce noise as promised over a decade ago. DIBC sought community support for a zoning variance to expand the plaza footprint to Ste. Anne's Street and told the community that it had no plans to move any further east. Also, the claim on DIBC’s request doesn’t match what was said during the Public Safety committee hearing. There is no urgent maintenance needed, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has not requested an expansion. 7) Catholic Church support not enough: The fact that the Archdiocese of Detroit provided a letter of support in exchange for $400,000 donation must not be the sole reason for approval. The members of St. Anne’s Church and local residents do not support an expansion of the bridge plaza. If that is the only change in circumstances from the previous request which was denied, it is not an adequate reason to ignore the issues mentioned above. We urge a denial of the request. Our neighborhood has survived industry, blight, and the economic recession. The second that we weather through the hard-economic times of the Global Recession and foreclosure crisis, a proposal like this one is offered, which only makes the growth and revitalization of our neighborhood that much more challenging. There is no tangible reason that would outweigh the impact to the community. Please tour the neighborhood. There is no justification to expand an already massive bridge plaza. We hope that our voices will be heard and that you will make the right decision that protects the Hubbard Richard neighborhood.
Petition to Shelby Cave, Congressman Paul Gosar, Senator Jeff Flake, Senator John McCain
Keep Skull Valley Safe and Beautiful
The Kirkland Mining Company has submitted a plan of operations to the Bureau of Land Management, intending to mine in Skull Valley near Kirkland Arizona. The impact this mine would create in the small, rural community is vast. Some of the most negative impacts would be air, water, noise and sound pollution, increased fire danger, increased traffic fatalities, degradation of roads, disturbance of cultural sites, disturbance of sensitive species, destruction of the unique beauty of the area, plummeting property values and depletion of the neighborhood's water supply. Please deny the Kirkland Mining Company's request to mine on public land in Kirkland, Arizona.
Petition to Chelan-Douglas County Health Dept.
Development of a Chelan/Douglas Co. Syringe Exchange/ Harm Reduction Program
We are advocating for the implementation of a Clean Syringe Exchange/Harm Reduction Program in The Greater Wenatchee/Chelan-Douglas County Area. Studies have proven Syringe Exchange & Harm-Reduction Programs have a positive impact on reducing rates of new Hep-C and HIV Infections, and are an essential part of Public Health and Safety for Everyone in the Community.
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.
Petition to Sam Sherman, Wanda Williams
Save our Neighborhood from Corporate Greed!
My name is Robert Strayton, I represent a group of neighbors and concerned citizens fighting against corporate greed and billionaire investment bankers. We are fighting for our homes, our neighborhood, our community and our way of life. We need your help now! The town has agreed to an "expedited hearing process" in an effort to ram this through without proper public comment. We need your signatures NOW! AT&T wants to build a 117-foot cell tower in the midst of our least affluent neighborhood on Martha's Vineyard for the benefit of one member of its Board of Directors. The tower would be sited at 14 Sampson Ave, Edgartown, MA 02539. Look at the satellite map of that site and of Chappy and you can see for yourself that better, more compliant sites exist. The photos contained here are of a 104-foot “temporary” tower erected in the same location in May 2016. AT&T now wants to build a substantially larger, far more intrusive cell tower on the same site. The temporary tower is clearly visible in the satellite imagery. The proposed tower would sited in the front yard of my neighbors 1/2 acre lot and would be within 125 feet of 3 neighboring homes. It would be within 178 feet of my home and within 500 feet of over 23 homes. We have argued that this is a totally inappropriate location to site a cell tower on a small island that is primarily wooded, and unpopulated. In fact, AT&T has 2 other leases signed at alternative sites that are more compliant with the laws, provide better coverage to more of the island and move the tower away from the majority of people and homes. One alternative site is a wooded, 4.34 acre parcel, surrounded by over 65.5 acres of town-owned woods. It abuts the site AT&T said in 2011 was the best place on the entire island to site a cell tower. Perhaps most importantly, there is only 1 home within 500’ of a tower there (buffered by a wooded hill), and just one additional home within 800’ of the proposed site. The owners of those homes have written letters, and testified in public hearings as being in support of a cell tower on Chappy. This is the wrong site and we need your help, please? There is more information below that details the 3 year fight we have been waging, but the town is now trying to ram this through. My neighbors and I have appealed to our town government, to our state representative and to our state senator. In spite of their claims that “they are fighting for the little guys, against the huge corporations and billionaires,” appeals to Senator Markey and Senator Warren and to Congressman Keating have gone not just unanswered, but unacknowledged. None are willing to help us, so we are asking you, to please help us save our homes, our neighborhood, our life savings, our way of life, and this beautiful island for the generations to come. AT&T and the Town of Edgartown know this least affluent neighborhood is least able to incur the massive legal bills to fight AT&T and chose this site specifically for that reason. There is no technical reason to site the tower here. None! They know it will be more difficult for us to mount a legal challenge to this reckless and irresponsible public governance. Most recently, a vote was held by the Edgartown Planning Board. The vote failed, and the tower should have been denied, but the town intentionally allowed an ineligible member to vote to create a “procedural crisis,” and will now allow AT&T to bring the application back before a reconstituted and more sympathetic board. If this all smells rotten to you, it should. It was blatant undermining of a legal hearing process for the sole purpose of allowing AT&T another chance to apply for the same tower, in the same location. We need you to help us tell the Town of Edgartown this is wrong, and to demand the tower be placed on one of the alternative sites that is more compliant with the bylaws, less impactful on the community, provides adequate fall zones, preserves everyone’s right to quiet enjoyment of their homes, preserves these least affluent people’s life savings. We need you to tell the Town of Edgartown to do what it is legally, morally and ethically required to do. Please help us save our homes, our life savings, our children and our future from the big corporations and the greedy billionaires. Thank you,Robert Strayton& The Enos Ave Road Association Chappaquiddick Island is perhaps best known as the location of Senator Edward M. Kennedy’s accident that claimed the life of Mary Jo Kopechne. But Chappaquiddick is much more than that. Situated off the Massachusetts coast Chappaquiddick, or Chappy, as the locals call it, is one of the most beautiful and unspoiled landscapes in all of the United States. • The island is roughly 6 square miles, comprised of woods and fields and miles of unspoiled coastline. Over 40% of the Island is conservation land. • There are simply better, safer locations that provide better coverage to more people and therefore provide greater public safety benefits to more people while minimizing the impacts of this tower. • The proposed design would have up to 63 radiation centers emitting over 70,000 Watts of radiation bombarding every living thing 24 hours, seven days a week, 365 days a year for the next 30, 40, 50, or more, years. • The proposed tower would be 44’ off the single lane dirt road, one of only two roads into this largest, and most densely populated neighborhood on the island • The tower would be within 130’ of 4 homes. Industry standard fall zones are 110 - 300% of the maximum height of the tower • The proposed site covers less than 78% of the island and fails to cover the perimeter of the island where the majority of people live. • AT&T has leases signed, on file with the Dukes County registrar of Deeds for 2 alternative sites in the woods away from peoples homes. • In addition to the dangers of radiation exposure, this small closely-packed neighborhood would be subjected to the noise of 2 air conditioning systems running day and night. • Would be subjected to the weekly “exercise” of the back-up generator. • Would be subjected to the noise, and traffic of ongoing construction, maintenance, repairs, upgrades and “optimization.” • The property values of the surrounding homes would be greatly diminished as a result of a cell tower in such close proximity. • In this working-class neighborhood, these homes represent the majority of people’s life savings. • In an earlier lawsuit, AT&T provided internal emails proving beyond any doubt this cell tower is for the personal benefit of one of its board members, a billionaire investment banker, who doesn’t even live on Chappy but lives across the harbor in Edgartown where he has a summer home he visits one month per year. • These emails are available for your inspection. • For more information see the Town of Edgartown website, Chappy Cell Tower page ( https://www.edgartown-ma.us/ ) and the Martha’s Vineyard Commission, DRI - 662-M, Chappy Cell Tower (MVCommission.org ) for more information on the innumerable arguments made in opposition and to see the lies, half-truths, and seriously flawed, even corrupt decision-making that has characterized this process. Please, help us to preserve our homes, our neighborhood, our futures, our health and well being and that of our children from the greed of AT&T and its billionaire board member. Thank you!
Petition to Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Ryan Zinke, Edmund G. Brown Jr., Kate Brown, Jay Inslee
Protect Our Oceans from Offshore Drilling
No spilling. No killing. No more drilling. The White House released a draft proposal in early January to dramatically expand offshore drilling in 2019. The Trump administration seeks to open up nearly all federal waters to potential oil and gas drilling lease sales. It’s a huge mistake. And we need you to join the chorus of ocean lovers around the nation who are rallying to stop special interests from destroying our coastlines. Please make your voice heard before this dangerous proposal becomes our reality. Oil and water don't mix, as shown by recent spills. And fossil fuel extraction efforts continue to cause extreme economic harm. In 1969, a well blowout off the Santa Barbara coastline pumped nearly 4 million gallons of crude oil into the Pacific and onto the beaches of Southern California. Since then, local lawmakers and the public in California have worked tirelessly to prevent spills and leaks from ruining our environment and $18 billion coastal economy by rejecting any new oil and gas drilling leases offshore in federal waters. A ruptured pipeline spewed over 100,000 gallons of crude oil onto the biologically diverse and pristine Gaviota Coast in 2015, just west of Refugio State Beach near Santa Barbara, California, with an estimated 21,000 gallons reaching the water. The Refugio spill killed hundreds of ocean creatures, closed popular beaches for weeks and shut down fisheries for 138 square miles, severely impacting the area’s commercial and recreational anglers. The catastrophic Deepwater Horizon explosion and spill took 11 lives and caused more than $17 billion in damages to natural resources in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. Let’s not risk another disaster. Now is NOT the time to roll back safety standards and abandon hard-fought protections. California representatives have taken action to safeguard our state waters from drilling out to three miles offshore. Elected officials from other states, including Oregon, Washington, Florida, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina have also vocalized strong opposition to offshore drilling in federal waters, which is seen as an assault on each respective local economy, sovereignty and our invaluable natural resources. We don't have to choose between a bustling national economy and clean, safe and healthy local environments. We can have both. The success of Marine Protected Areas along California's coast proves that making smart investments that protect our environment can benefit fisheries and tourism, while preserving ecological habitats. Ignoring the will of the people, the Trump administration is now unilaterally moving to benefit industry at the expense of the environment. We can’t let it happen. Sign this petition with Heal the Bay, California Coastkeeper Alliance and Surfrider Foundation to demand that the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management "BOEM" and the United States Secretary of the Interior REJECT this proposal to drastically increase offshore drilling.