Cap and Down

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EPA to unveil latest Raymark plan

Written by John Kovach
Wednesday, 08 September 2010 14:57

576/600 East Broadway

• Excavate Raymark waste from the 100-year flood plain to a depth of four feet and place on the upland portion of the two properties to be capped.

• If capacity allows, place Raymark waste excavated from Third Avenue onto the properties.

• Place a low-permeability cap on all Raymark waste on the properties located above the 100-year flood plain.

• Integrate final slopes with abutting residential properties (and for potential future development).

• Continue monitoring of groundwater and perform cap maintenance, as required.

• Place institutional controls that restrict excavation in the capped area and restrict the use of groundwater.
Third Avenue will be included only if consolidation capacity exists at 576/600 East Broadway.

Adam Bauer, chief of staff to Mayor John A. Harkins, said the mayor has not yet made a statement about whether he supports the EPA plan, which was released Wednesday. “The mayor believes it’s his job to advocate for the residents on this,” Bauer said, adding, “This is the next step in a very, very long journey to clean up the Raymark waste in this town.” It’s very complicated and I’m not at liberty to say.

At the end of this non-discussion of something vital to Stratford residents, the EPA has chosen the cheapest method possible.

Reminder: A public hearing will be held on 15 September at 7PM at Stratford High School.

Written comments may also be emailed to
jennings.ron@epa.gov
by October 16, 2010.

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71 Responses to “Cap and Down”

  1. 1 jezebel282

    I’m not sure about the rest of the Town, but I certainly feel like Stratford is getting a real drubbing by the Federal government. For decades we’ve had to deal with mountains of toxic waste, the Trust for Public Land & the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service tried to pull a fast one, the Army and GSA wanted to sell the SAEP to the worst slumlord in Bridgeport and the FAA wants to steal land from us.

    If only we had somebody representing us in Washington….

  2. 2 1george1

    About # 1 post – Jeze
    Amen.

    Note the CT. POST – EPA story avoids mentioning the 250 acres of toxic groundwater?
    My imagination? No real danger?

    1) Then why did the EPA claim to spend over $ 1 million installing over 110
    vents / alarms in basements of residential homes?
    In ERIN BROCOVICH: WATER & GAS REAL “LIABILITY” ISSUE.
    (Shown on page 5 of EPA Bullitin # 44)

    2) Why is the map of the 250 acres of contaminated ground water shown
    on page 8 of EPA Bullitin # 44

    3) Shown on page 7 of EPA Bullitin # 44 is a drawing of where the EPA
    wants to consolidate the toxins, in land and up stream of the Housatonic
    River and despite assurances, likely to increase toxins in ground water?

    CT. POST has been an apologist / poor and uncomplete honest coverage for / about:
    FAA = AIRPORT
    DOT = BRIDGE
    EPA / DEP = RAYMARK
    ARMY – FEDS – CT = AVCO
    ARMY – FEDS – CT = SHAKESPEARE
    FEDS – CT – Locals = Unfunded MANDATES / BUDGET
    FEDS – CT – Locals = Economic stagnation / stasis for 30 years

    But then, except from Charlie Walsh, who lives not far for Raybestos field,
    why would anyone in the CT POST care about the Healthy, Safety, and
    prosperity of people of Stratford.

    Unlike North Stratford, most of SW Central Stratford are poor people
    and many are black and Hispanic,
    like most of the East end of undeveloped Bridgeport ….
    “What is Hecuba to me?
    Who am I to Hecuba?”

    These sites in the maps are not to far from Sudds home, not Gavin’s home.

    Heard nothing from Gavin, although he was involve in RAC + Save Stratford.

    I will email this to Gavin – Sudds – Jeze, AFTER emailing to the POST + STAR.

  3. 3 sudds

    “Adam Bauer, chief of staff to Mayor John A. Harkins, said the mayor has not yet made a statement about whether he supports the EPA plan…”

    WTF??? Major news breaks in town involving the transfer of “asbestos, PCBs and lead” from one location to another… and our Mayor can’t even say “no comment” for himself???

    This guy is starting to be a _____ing joke!!!

    Seriously… Mayor Harkins don’t you feel at least a little guilty when you are handed your (taxpayer funded) paycheck???

    At this point even Mayor2013 is starting to look like a viable option!!!

  4. 4 1george1

    Sudds,
    Did you get the EPA Bulletin # 44 that I sent you, Jeze, Tom Smith,
    Charlie Perez (RAC), Paul Rohaly (RAC), and Gavin? (Gavin replied.)

    It was forwarded from what I sent to the Press.

    I am looking for viable options to run for council + zoning who are
    not married to or fomerly married to various attorneys or otherwise
    connected people to the cops n robbers / robbers n cops of the
    town / state / federal political committees.

    The existing ones bartering with the devil are very likely to be double
    crossed …… with the changing of the guards and emerging new political
    realities …

  5. 5 jezebel282

    Sudds,

    “Mayor Harkins don’t you feel at least a little guilty when you are handed your (taxpayer funded) paycheck???”

    I can’t argue with that.

    What I can do is point out that the EPA is a Federal agency who’s job it is to “protect human health and to safeguard the natural environment — air, water and land — upon which life depends.”

    Moving a bit of toxic waste around town and putting it out of plain view doesn’t seem to accomplish the mission. Perhaps someone can post an opinion on EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson’s Facebook page? http://www.facebook.com/lisapjackson

    Incredibly, the mayor (any Stratford mayor) does not have the responsibility for protecting the health and safety of Stratford inhabitants. That duty falls to the Council. Gotta love our Charter.

    Section 2.2.1 The Council shall have the power to make, alter and repeal resolutions and ordinances…g) relative to the definition, abatement, suppression and prevention within the Town of all nuisances and causes thereof, and all things detrimental to the health, morals, safety, convenience and welfare of its inhabitants;

    I can hardly wait to see what the EPA does when the Army finally sells the SAEP and it transfers out of the Army’s possession. (Hint: the Army is exempt from EPA and/or OSHA regulations. The new owner won’t be.)

  6. 6 1george1

    Incredibly, the mayor (any Stratford mayor) does not have the responsibility for protecting the health and safety of Stratford inhabitants.
    That duty falls to the Council. Gotta love our Charter.

    The OATH of OFFICE and Town Charter’s job description of the Mayor being the Administrative head of Stratford, is the way the Mayor becomes responsible for
    the Administrative actions to protect health and safety of Stratford inhabitants.

    The Constitution specifically uses the term Unarticulated Rights in the 9th and
    10th amendments.
    All local powers derive from state and federal Constitutions and legal laws and
    regulations, and the purview of the U.S. Constitution derives from the “JUST
    CONSENTof the GOVERNED.”

    Within U. S. CODE any CONTRACT entered into by FRAUD, DECEIPT, CONSPIRACY,
    can be vacated.

    Within the U. S. CONSTITUTION there are limited immunities.

    Within the U. S. CONSTITUTION there are HIGH CRIMES, FELONIES, and MISDEMEANORS, mentioned

    Within the U. S. CONSTITUTION there are directives towards inferior offices
    to handle a variety of details …..

    SO FAR … MIGHT MAKES RIGHT …
    SO FAR … UNDISCOVERED TREASON and FELONIES are uninvestigated and
    unindicted / prosecuted.

  7. 7 jezebel282

    George,

    “is the way the Mayor becomes responsible for
    the Administrative actions to protect health and safety of Stratford inhabitants.”

    I suppose a mayor who wanted get involved could do that.

  8. 8 mikereynolds

    “I suppose a mayor who wanted get involved could do that.”

    That’s not fair. When SaveStratford was formed the only elected official who came forward and supported their efforts and championed their cause in Hartford was John Harkins.

    Insinuating that John Harkins doesn’t want to get involved is so far off base that I’m frankly shocked that someone as well informed as you would say something like that.

  9. 9 1george1

    Mike,

    Jeze has a point.

    However, in politics there are plans to let or make things get very bad
    and then be the hero to solve problems that should have been solved
    decades ago.

    Examples are effect on Town Attorney billing machines and control of
    Economic Development delays of prime assets to increase taxes and
    lower property values so the people who stole from the stock market
    can buy up depressed property in Bridgeport / Stratford and see major
    profits and control as developed.

    Politics is about money and power and control and ego.

    Almost NO one in the DTC or RTC is a True American who really cares about
    anyone or anything except their EGO, WALLET, and GENITILIA.

    I was sickened watching the History Channel about 9/11 survivors where
    FIRE + POLICE + EMS + SOLDIERS ran towards DANGER.

    MEANWHILE the creatures that created the movie WALL STREET stole the
    ENTIRE USA and caused 10,000 american and hundreds of thousand foreign
    dead, for M O N E Y.

    I want the Stratford Fire + Police Dept to have good pay, benefits, pensions,
    and more rather than volunteers. However they do not care that many people
    will died because Taxes should be 40 % lower, because they and board of Ed
    are paying the RTC + DTC leaders Slush FUNDS.

    Gently USED fire equipment
    “do not GO GENTLY IN THAT GOOD NIGHT….”

    Do not go gentle into that good night,
    Old age should burn and rage at close of day;
    Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
    Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
    Because their words had forked no lightning they
    Do not go gentle into that good night.

    Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
    Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
    Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

    Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
    And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
    Do not go gentle into that good night.

    Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
    Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
    Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

    And you, my father, there on the sad height,
    Curse, bless me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
    Do not go gentle into that good night.
    Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

  10. 10 1george1

    Save Stratford has D O N E NOTHING since the election.

    They appear to have been a Harkins / Republican replacement for RAC.

    Q? Whose husband’s ex-wife is married to what ex-Town Attorney who
    was on Miron’s pay and makes $$ under Harkins under Bishop?

  11. 11 1george1

    Last week the CT POST ran a story about a strip club on the front
    page and made reference to 33 Light Street and Curcios.

    I stayed away from that for 7 years, because I know the FBI / JUSTICE
    are worse than the MAFIA and need to make certain people the fall
    guys, in which certain “apparatus” is involved…..

    The FBI – FEDS control the DECKS.

    However, I can prove the DECKS are MARKED.

    There are reasons, I do not turn over all of my hole cards.
    It just appears as though I throw DECKS in the AIR.

    The FEDS barter with the DEVIL and imitate DEVILS who can quote
    scripture and pretend to be jewish, catholic, protestant, shriner,
    jewish, moslem, marxist, demoncrat, rePUBlican, royalist, military,
    bureaucrat, judicial/bar, academic, corporate, private, or condorcet.

    Most people do NOT recognize something the first time they see it.
    It registeres the second time ….
    The POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE….

  12. 12 jezebel282

    Mike,

    “Insinuating that John Harkins doesn’t want to get involved is so far off base”

    You’ve more or less made my point for me. “Adam Bauer, chief of staff to Mayor John A. Harkins, said the mayor has not yet made a statement about whether he supports the EPA plan, which was released Wednesday.”

    For someone so knowledgeable and willing to “come forward” and to have Bauer say something like that is…well, shocking. Don’t you think?

    But, maybe Harkins is going with the “Silence is Golden” strategy?

  13. 13 1george1

    Maybe Harkins is using Bauer to test which way the wind .. BLOWS? 😉

    Or, more likely, the timing was not quite right to take a strong position,
    without having all the ducks lined up?

    I strongly suspect the EPA/DEP have already been tied into
    > DOT plans related to the Bridge and Ramps?
    > FAA plans related to the Airport?
    > ARMY plans related to AVCO?
    > SENATE / CONGRESS / CT plans related to Sakespeare and Endowment
    for the ARTS?
    > F & W plans related to LBW? (No I think it has been traded to Bridgeport
    for the Airport full or partial rights, control cocaine traffic & gamblers.)

    When the zeros are ready, they will make announcements to become
    the heroes, with solutions to problems they caused.

    Once they can maximize revenue..

  14. 14 mikereynolds

    Unbelievable. Really. Just unbelievable. For years you killed Miron for shooting his mouth off and acting without thinking.

    Now we have a mayor who actually wants to THINK before he talks. And what do you do? You kill him too.

    Can the guy read the damn EPA proposal and figure out how it affects this town and what the town’s course of action should be in response to the EPA’s proposal??? Is that so bad? Maybe he wants to talk to the RAC members and get their feedback. Maybe he wants to talk to Tom Smith and get his thoughts. Maybe he has questions for the EPA that need to be answered before he can publicly come out and say that this isn’t what Stratford wants. This process has gone on for several years since the EPA tried to stick it to us. Thanks to people like Tom Smith and SaveStratford and John Harkins they have stymied the EPA’s plan to do harm to Stratford.

    All you little experts and masters of your own universe want instantaneous action. Give me a break.

    I’m not 100 percent thrilled with some of John’s actions, or inactions in some cases, but killing him over this is ridiculous.

  15. 15 jezebel282

    Mike,

    “Now we have a mayor who actually wants to THINK before he talks. And what do you do? You kill him too.”

    Kill him? Really?

    I don’t think that’s what I did. The Council has a lot of responsibility here. But in particular it is Rosa DeLauro that is not stepping up here. I guarantee you’ll get pieces of mail from her telling us what a wonderful job she’s done. Just nothing related to Stratford.

    On the other hand, just a quick reading of the proposal reveals the obvious deficiencies of this piecemeal shoestring plan. “Incomplete”, “not comprehensive” comes to mind as pretty safe statements.

  16. 16 starlooker

    I personally have had the men in the MOON SUITS in my yard…Not happy, at that time I had 4 young children… As a result 2 developed asthma Including myself. When the Pump Station decides to go off and work, we develop and upper restp. infection. Plus when the pump station does go off my walls shake and it moves all rockes etc around. Which means things are airboune. Stratford would be shocked to see where all things from Raybestos went…Some on Williams, Wiebe Streets etc. They gave it away as fill…. It is sad to see that many do not realize that if they dig in their yard there is danger. Do I trust capping? With the weather elements NO…. We were warned about all of this years back with Charlie Perez and Ron Mazzey…..Nobody listened…Now another group took over and I feel we should of all listened to them…You can be in Lordship or North End of Stratford….That soil can be in your yard. We need a pro team to come and test and remove….. From what I understand the cancer rate in Stratford is very high. That is just so sad…People buy homes that they love and feel they are safe. EPA NEEDS to take this seriously… Lets see if any of them would want to buy a home in Stratford.

  17. 17 mayor2013

    The mayor could have said, he has read the report and will have a statement for the residents to be presented on (Date) and (Time) and (Location). It would have been a hell of lot better than having that idiot Bauer say what he said. And, Mike, FYI – this is pretty important to the taxpayers of this town. We have been through a lot over several years regarding this issue.

  18. 18 sudds

    “We have been through a lot over several years regarding this issue.”

    Can you please let us know what you (as a mayoral candidate) have been doing about this issue over the last several years???

  19. 19 mayor2013

    Sudds,

    When I reveal my identity, you will know that I am no stranger to any of the issues that Stratford has faced through the years. I have been an activist for Stratford my entire life and I have given much.

  20. 20 mikereynolds

    Hey “mayor”…yeah no kidding. I’m right in the middle of it.

  21. 21 jezebel282

    Just a reminder, this isn’t about Bauer’s typical throw-away “The mayor is very concerned” statements.

    This is about getting a Federal Agency to do what they are supposed to do.

    Right, Congresswoman DeLauro?

  22. 22 adambauer

    Hey everyone,

    The Mayor hasn’t come out with a public statement on this yet because Save Stratford has not yet had a chance to weigh in. The Mayor will side with the residents- PERIOD- so he’d like to know what they think before he issues a statement.

    PS- neither of the reporter writing the stories asked to speak directly with the Mayor. Had they done so, this “idiot” would have put the Mayor on the phone for as long as they would have like.

    Just in case anyone wants to continue the cheap shots…

  23. 23 mikereynolds

    Gee what a novel idea…a mayor who wants to know what his constituents think before responding to the EPA.

    What a bad mayor we have right everyone?

    Let’s criticize him some more he doesn’t do what some anonymous bloggers want.

    For the most part there is some legitimate criticism here but holy crap this thread pulled a Thelma and Louise.

  24. 24 1george1

    My conversations and e-mails with Tom Smith, Save Stratford and certain
    former members of RAC told me of various ways Save Stratford was willing
    to move and ways they preferred to see action.

    They even had it in the newspaper prior to the election, with the EPA
    officially being in town I believe once.

    The EPA stance had not changed since the election according to in person
    conversations and e-mails with appropriate citizens.

    I grew some watermelons in my yard, not far from where trees on my planting
    strip had dying branches and other trees had dying branches.

    Just like the movie Erin Brocovich who told the Lawyers for the Defending
    Giants, I will ask Jim Murphy, Adam Bauer, John Harkins, the town council,
    town attorneys and members of the EPA if they want to suck on watermellons
    from my back yard?

    Some people may remember former health director Elaine O’Keefe?
    She and a couple members of RAC told me certain areas along Housatonic
    Avenue and Ferry Boulevard should not have gardens, even for lettuce, due
    to toxins in the high water table ground water.

    Today and 2 weeks ago I saw someone fishing off the bridge over Ferry Creek
    on East Broadway at the base of Housatonic Avenue. There was a sign in past.
    I didn’t see it today. Last I knew fishing was OK. except for bottom dwellers.

    If there is LIABILITY from someone getting very sick or worse from reckless negligence, it is not because I have not tried to have government officials
    act responsibly. My conscience is clear. I know there are good people in
    government who also have a conscience ……

    In the Mayoral Debates, Dominic and I bought up Health Issues related to
    Raybestos and the lack of Health Studies. Mayor Miron made dominic back
    away from his statement, which when much farther than mine …..

    I have heard many second hand stories related to Raymark asbestos and high
    incidence of diseases around certain schools / dump areas.
    HOWEVER, I HAVE NOT SEEN SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION.

    NOR, to my KNOWLEDGE have the MAYORS or PAST TOWN MANAGERS been
    very forth coming about HEALTH STUDIES and findings.

    Personally, I would L O V E it if it were proven to be consistent with healthy
    levels for our groundwater and other ground water.

    I would L O V E it for Mayor Harkins to get taxes down to where they should
    be expeditiously with vast and desired economic growth, RECOVERING the
    UNFUNDED MANDATES and LIABILITIES caused by LAW FIRMS and past actors,
    with reasonable, intelligent, and fair ways and means.

    As far as CHEAP SHOTS ….. I overheard Adam Bauer who was near the Mayor’s
    office talking loudly to Ron Ing down the hall stating
    “YOU KNOW HOW POLITICS WORKS.”

    I have lived in Stratford since 1978 and been involved with Stratford Town
    Councils and political actors since 1998, and political actors at different
    levels since 1984.

    The volunteers and densels of the political parties are grossly overpaid and
    costly to the decent and trusting people in town. But that is true across
    the USA ….

  25. 25 1george1

    Erin Brocovich sitting across from opposing lawyers,
    with pitcher of water & filled glasses in front of them,
    claimed the water came for the groundwater their
    clients had contaminated.

    If my groundwater is not contaminated, then those
    people would have no fear sucking on the mellon … 😉

  26. 26 mayor2013

    The reporters don’t ask to talk to the mayor – I wonder why???? They surely ask to talk to all the other city and town mayors. Of course, it could not be because he has you as his “bat” boy? or could it? You Mr. Chief of Staff or whatever hell title you are going by today, you should have immediately gave those calls to the mayor – and the mayor himself should have reached out to the media. This is way TOO IMPORTANT AN ISSUE to have “bat” boy speaking for. I know you would not understand, for christ sake, you never lived hear nor do you presently. But, the mayor surely knows the history of this issue.

  27. 27 adambauer

    Once again- he did not want to make a public statement until Save Stratford had a chance to read the report and discuss it with him. Both reporters were informed of that fact. THAT’s why the didn’t ask to talk to him.

  28. 28 1george1

    Save Stratford co-chair Erin’s husband is Kevin Kelly’s wife’s ex.

    Is it credible Save Stratford was not privy to reports and had not
    made the Mayor aware of their position?

    A position that has not changed, based on the EPA position which
    has not changed!

    I can reach Tom Smith by e-mail or phone.
    Why can’t the Mayor?

    I am a member of Save Stratford.
    The Mayor didn’t contact me or other members….

    My opinion?
    I guess that maybe Adam’s buddies don’t need to break into my
    home again, yet?

    What percent of Town and BoE workers live in Stratford?
    Does Town Hall take orders from Milford and Bridgeport Law firms,
    Hartford, NYC, DC/Arlington. or maybe “the Brook?”

  29. 29 mikereynolds

    Why on earth would the Mayor want to talk to you when he could talk to the credible and coherent leaders of SaveStratford?

  30. 30 1george1

    Tom Smith is a registered Republican.
    Erin is … as posted ….

    Mike …. I was not being serious, but rhetorrical when I posted
    about talking to me.

    EVERYTHING is a L I E.

    They are ALL LIARS.

    They all think they are too, too clever. In a town of 50,000, you would
    be very surprized to know how many people know the truth and/or
    many pieces of the puzzle. Many keep quiet out of self interest or fear.

    EVERYTHING is scripted and coordinated.

    If Linda McMahon becomes senator, the cover stories and scripts
    related to CT. can be manufactured by her WWE people who appear
    to coordinate or create many of the Miron / Clowncil controversies?

    And if Blumenthal and Kelly get elected, it will be a reunion where
    they can help coordinate the steering o da swag …..

    Mike – Just because you can’t figure some of the things I write, does not
    make me wrong, according to many people who stop me in supermarkets
    and other places.

    Mike – Please google “The Intelligence Cycle”

    An analyst started with information that is sometimes contradictory and
    connected only by the same topic.
    Even then information may be unconnected.
    The analysts then create and disseminate edited information to clients.

    Sometimes, for political reasons, the actions taken are diametric to the
    recommended course or the desired objective. Reasoning?
    > To cause people to REACT towards the desired objective.

    Mike – Please google: “counter intelligence.”

    according to beckett’s “Dictionary of ESPioNage:
    “counter intelligence” is the ultimate form of spycraft, with double / triple
    / quadruple agents and posturing.

    according to that book, a ranking operative was pulled on the carpet
    and accused of being a traitor.

    he thought a minute
    then he replied
    “maybe I should?”
    “I seemed to have gone as high as I can go in our organization….”

    it took severl hours to convince his boss he was joking ….
    (I suspect Portia, Jez, and chris will laugh …) 😉

  31. 31 1george1

    Tom Smith left voice mail for me, that was very clear that save stratford
    position and EPA position have not changed.

  32. 32 sudds

    Misters Bauer/Reynolds…

    Remind me again please… who was it that was elected Mayor? John Harkins or Save Stratford?

    Note: don’t get me wrong, I fully support Save Stratford… I am just 100% against a mayor who collects my tax dollars in his weekly(?) paycheck… yet doesn’t seem to do jack-squat!!!

  33. 33 sudds

    exhibit A:

    “Once again- he did not want to make a public statement until Save Stratford had a chance to read the report and discuss it with him.”

    WTF??? So basically Save Stratford has to tell John Harkins what John Harkins thinks?!?!?!

    Hmmm… maybe I’ll give up on my pursuit of the no-show job at the train station, and instead run for mayor… apparently being mayor involves even LESS effort!!!

  34. 34 1george1

    Suddsie – I absolutely love your perspective and reasoning.

    This from Tom (save stratford) Smith, who left 2 voice mails I had missed.

    —– Forwarded Message —-
    From: Thomas Smith
    To: George Mulligan
    Sent: Sun, September 12, 2010 9:46:21 PM
    Subject: Re: Need ron jenning’s address for letter to editor to encourage stratford residents to write to EPA opinions / concerns about being poisoned
    & destoryed property values

    George –

    Here it is:
    EPA welcomes input provided during the public comment period and uses comments to improve the remedy selection decision. There are three ways for individuals to express their comments on the Proposed Plan:

    Written comments may be mailed and postmarked by October 16, 2010 to Ron Jennings, U.S. EPA, 5 Post Office Square, Suite 100 (OSRR07-1), Boston, MA 02109-3912 . Written comments may also be emailed to jennings.ron@epa.gov by October 16, 2010.

    Next is my draft for the CT POST, which allows 250 words.
    Star allows 500 words and I wanted those for my preferred issue, which I
    had sent part of it to Sudds + Jeze:

  35. 35 1george1

    Save Stratford’s leader Tom Smith left voice mails requesting my neighbors to write letters about Raymark poisoned Dumpsites and Groundwater to EPA Ron Jennings: 5 Post Office Square, Suite 100 (OSRR07-1), Boston, MA 02109-3912. Email: jennings.ron@epa.gov
    Google: Raymark (2005) EPA Bulletin # 44 to see EPA defined problems. EPA desires increasing
    concentrations of poisons, inland/upstream of Stratford’s 250 acre poisoned groundwater acres.
    See http://www.savestratford.org website, for neighborhood concerns!
    Tom specifically requested: “to seek fully funded, comprehensive plan, which removes all (or most) of toxic waste in Stratford, from all Stratford properties.
    Please cite your concerns about Health, Home Property Values, Tax Base and your personal reasoning
    and issues.
    Thanks to RAC members Charlie Perez, Paul Rohaly, other RAC members causing EPA decision: “110 homes within 250 acres of contaminated groundwater had Vents/Alarms installed in our basements to protect against toxic gases, costing over $1,000,000 instead of another survey.”
    This and EPA Bulletin # 44 admits dangers!
    Thanks to Tom Smith and Save Stratford to protect families, from cruel, unusual, punishing and craven, government decisions.
    My sardonic solution to Raymark dumpsites and groundwater is for EPA officials and all government officials, lawyers, and Town Committee members to places toxins from Raymark, in personal basements, like they exposed our families for decades.
    Raymark, AVCO, Sikorsky, and other contaminated sites are somewhat analogous to Eric Brocovich movie’s “liability issues” relating to “contaminated groundwater and volatile organic compound gases.”
    Next week the FAA and Bridgeport will (likely) stack Sikorsky Airport hearing’s sign up sheet.

  36. 36 sudds

    George/Thomas Smith,

    Writing letters to the EPA is fine (although, trust me, trying to deal with the EPA is a waste of time)… but didn’t this Town switch from a First Selectman to a Mayor so that we could have stronger leadership???

    The only thing Mayor Harkins has been leading is the line to the bank on pay day!!!

  37. 37 jezebel282

    Sudds,

    “didn’t this Town switch from a First Selectman to a Mayor”

    (Psssst…it was a Town Manager/Council)

  38. 38 sudds

    Ok… I stand corrected. Please allow me to set the record straight…

    but didn’t this Town switch from a Town Manager/Council to a Mayor so that
    we could have stronger leadership???

    And I would like to reiterate…

    The only thing Mayor Harkins has been leading is the line to the bank
    on pay day!!!

  39. 39 1george1

    Sudds,
    I agree adressing the EPA or Town Council or other government entities
    are often a waste of time ….
    Why make it easy for the EPA to ++++ you and your family?
    Every once in a while I have been able to change the focus of positions
    when I find it hits self interest of “invisible hands” in Stratford’s til… 😉
    – They fear LIABILITY
    – They fear ELECTIONS
    – They fear PROSECUTION
    – They really fear the R.I.C.O. Act
    They fear losing everything they own including pensions / benefits
    – They fear V I O L E N T reprisals
    – Some are susceptiple to SHAME
    – Many are susceptiple to PEER PRESSURE of neighbors, church/temple
    members, PTA/School, social organizations.

    While “party” animals are “selfish” putz, there are community things they
    do care about and they also care about their own families.

    I want to find a way to be able to realistically solve problems.

    One can not solve problems withour acknowledging the realities

    Jim Miron was a strong mayor …. Jeze indicates the odor was strong.

    I have always been against most of the Town Charter Changes made by
    both Revision Commissions, which Gavin chaired or helped create:
    I like checks and balances. Not like too strong anything…..
    Hitler was a strong leader.

  40. 40 1george1

    I like tweeking Gavin, who I respect on many levels.
    I admit, I can not figure out Gavin.

    Many bloggers love Gavin who has many good points.

    There are people who feel he is positioning himself and being
    positioned for Mayor. Guess the people helping to position him?
    Gavin was a member of RTC – DTC – RTC again.
    Who controls the votes to create those situations?

    Hint: Mirons, Burturlas, B UTTER NUTS, DARTH and “connected”
    to the “Army / Feds”

    Gavin, like John makes for a very respectable “front.”

    However, Gavin is a CFO and I suspect far better off not being in any
    government capacity, once Development begins.

  41. 41 jezebel282

    George,

    “Gavin is a CFO”

    Gavin is the Chairman of the BOE. And the BOE has an interim Superintendent who was used to having a full-time COO. The BOE also now has a part-time interim COO. Not to mention a few grievances to be dealt with.

    It has been quite a while since a BOE chairman has actually had to DO anything. I’ll betcha Gavin is feeling really lucky lately.

  42. 42 1george1

    The more grievances Gavin sees, the more he becomes aware of
    the issues and petty non issues.

    Gavin was on Pension Board and Building needs.
    Gavin knows the money flow.

    With all of the exposure to EMS calls to Seniors and others, I expect
    Gavin, Calzone, Best and others to have an epithany ….
    “what am I doin?”
    “why have I gone along with these a– —-s?”

    My opinions:
    I had high hopes for DARTH ….

    Economic needs & needs for benefits drove some …

    People who knew Kelly for decades ….

    Norm and Burturla are simply greedy ….

    Some of the retired have an embedded sense of entitlement …

    Many people are all ego … no self respect …. care about ego, wallets,
    and genitilia only … of meds … including booze …

    Maybe they will reject the golden calfs and embrace the 2nd chance
    10 commandments? golden rule …

    I am not especially religious.
    I do recognize good ideas about playing nice …

  43. 43 jezebel282

    Back to our story:

    Phone: 203.385.4001
    September 13, 2010

    Joint Statement By Mayor Harkins, Save Stratford Leader Erin Holroyd On EPA Proposed Raymark Remediation Plan For Operable Unit #6

    STRATFORD— Mayor John A. Harkins today said that while he is encouraged that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will respect state law limiting consolidation of Raymark waste in its recently released remediation plan for Operable Unit (OU) #6, he remains concerned regarding the federal government’s failure to provide a comprehensive plan and cost estimate for the complete remediation of all contaminated properties in Stratford.

    “In a vacuum, the EPA’s proposed plan for the Beacon Point, East Broadway, and Third Avenue properties is a positive step toward dealing with Raymark waste in a manner consistent with the community’s wishes,” said Mayor Harkins. “While I cannot explicitly endorse this plan until it is fully explained at the public information session on September 15, I am encouraged by what I know thus far. However, I remain steadfast in my demand that the federal government provide a comprehensive plan and cost estimates for the remediation of all properties in Stratford that includes the removal of a substantial amount of waste to an out of town disposal facility. Residents, led by Save Stratford, have shown that they are willing to compromise and work with state and federal officials in good faith by agreeing to some consolidation. However, we need a sign that the government is willing to reciprocate by meeting us half way.”

    The EPA will be holding a public informational session to explain the proposed plan on September 15, 2010 from 7PM to 9PM at the Stratford High School library. Public comment will be entertained by the EPA at a hearing scheduled for October 6, 2010 in Town Council Chambers.

    Erin Holroyd, co-founder of Save Stratford, said that residents should be provided a complete plan for remediation of all Raymark waste in order to gain some assurance of federal commitment to the project. “We need to understand the cost and scope of what we’re fighting for,” said Holroyd. “It is difficult for the residents impacted by Raymark waste to trust that our wishes will not be steamrolled by the EPA when we do not have a starting point for discussion. In addition, we need that master plan to provide for the removal of at least some of the waste from Stratford. The piecemeal approach we have been forced to live with thus far provides no such assurance, and Save Stratford is pleased that Mayor Harkins continues his long-standing support of our position on these points. That said, I appreciate that the EPA’s proposal for these particular properties respects the law we worked with Mayor Harkins to pass prohibiting the consolidation of more the 1000 cubic yards of waste.”

  44. 44 sudds

    “Mayor John A. Harkins today said”

    H E ‘ S A L I V E !!!!!!

  45. 45 sudds

    “That said, I appreciate that the EPA’s proposal for these particular properties respects the law we worked with Mayor Harkins to pass prohibiting the consolidation of more the 1000 cubic yards of waste.”

    So… they force the government to decide between (a) spending 100’s of millions of dollars to ship the waste out of town (like some other town wants it) and (b) spending (only) 10’s of millions of dollars to simply capping the current locations…

    …and they wonder why the government went with option (b)??? How could any sane person have NOT seen this decision coming???

  46. 46 1george1

    Reminds me of the drinking song (ficticious numbers of waste)
    100 bottles of beer on the wall
    100 bottles of beer
    when one of those bottles “happens to fall …”

    A million cubic yards of waste in the ground
    A million cubic yards of waste

    When we consolidate/cap 1000 cubic yards of waste.

    Yo sudds, even I saw it coming 😉
    before most everyone else too!

  47. 47 portia1776

    “I appreciate that the EPA’s proposal for these particular properties respects the law” – It’s a sad day when we’re praising a government agency just for abiding by the law.

  48. 48 jezebel282

    “Erin Holroyd, co-founder of Save Stratford, said that residents should be provided a complete plan for remediation of all Raymark waste in order to gain some assurance of federal commitment to the project.”

    Gain some assurance? Hello, Ms DeLauro? Are you there? Hello?

    Hmm…no answer.

  49. 49 1george1

    There are differences between Laws of a Republic and good or just laws.

    Hitler presided over a Federalist Republic.

    DeLauro was Dodd’s chief of staff.
    Dodd made issue of saving 10,500 New London Jobs.
    Dodd / DeLauro done nothing about potential 14,000 Jobs @ AVCO.
    > Site can go 4 stories and many of the buildings are tall but only one
    had appreciable numbers of workers in 2nd story + had tiny 3rd story.
    > AVCO was bought in 1987 by UT and started downsizing immediately??
    > AVCO closed 1992 and cost ARMY est $ 70 million to stay closed??
    > If ARMY Remediated and Transitioned AVCO to 14,000 jobs, our taxes
    and Mil Rate could have been lower and we might not have lost Dianon
    + Mobil chemical + more.
    > IF FBI + STATE POLICE + LOCAL POLICE were honest …. and Pensions,
    Benefits, Annuities for certain Departments, including Teachers were
    not 120 % to 140 % of Base Pay …. More people could have stayed in
    their homes…
    > IF OIL stayed $ 20 barrel and there was no insider trading, Stock Market,
    Bond Market, Real Estate, Finance, etc wouldn’t have crashed.

  50. 50 jezebel282

    George,

    If my grandmother had balls…

    I think the actual point I’m making is that there is a person we elected to represent us within the federal government. There is an agency of the federal government that has the responsibility to ensure that our land, air and water doesn’t kill us. This agency is clearly reluctant to do that.

    It should not be up to private citizens like those who have dedicated countless hours to Save Stratford or even our tiny Town administration to influence a huge federal agency like the EPA. That particular responsibility sits squarely on the shoulders of that representative…Rosa DeLauro.

    Unlike Portia, I do not believe the “invisible hand of the free market” will resolve this crisis.

  51. 51 portia1776

    “Unlike Portia, I do not believe the ‘invisible hand of the free market’ will resolve this crisis.” – Now, Jez, where did I say that? My one sentence post was on how out of control the bureaucracy has become. The EPA is supposed to work for us. We should not be praising them for doing so in a lawful manner, the equivalent of praising a husband for not beating his wife.

    Since you seem faintly interested: While free market capitalism is “the anti-pollutant” (http://cafehayek.com/2010/04/capitalism-the-anti-pollutant.html ), providing the best system for reducing pollution by fostering innovation and providing incentives not to pollute (cf the respective environmental records of the industrialized Western free market economies with those of the Eastern socialist economies throughout the last century), pollution is at best mitigated, not eliminated.

    According to Milton Friedman: “The problem is to make sure that people bear the costs for which they are responsible. A market system rests fundamentally on such an arrangement. If you hit me with your car and you damage me, you are obligated to pay me—at least until we have no-fault insurance. The problem of pollution is that if you emit noxious smoke that damages me, it’s difficult for me to know who’s done the damage and to require you to be responsible for it.” In cases where we do know who is responsible, they should be required to pay. Where that is not possible, there is a legitimate role for local and state government involvement to ameliorate the common danger presented by toxic waste. The farther away the decision making is from we, the people, the worse the results, as exemplyfied by the abysmal record of the EPA’s Superfund programme.

    “It should not be up to private citizens like those who have dedicated countless hours to Save Stratford or even our tiny Town administration to influence a huge federal agency like the EPA. That particular responsibility sits squarely on the shoulders of that representative…Rosa DeLauro.” – While I appreciate this venture into bipartisan criticism, I hope you’re not serious. Of course private citizens have to be involved. The Founders envisioned a participatory government, one of citizen legislators, not all powerful bureaucrats. We remain apathetic at our peril. As you wrote above, the EPA’s job is to ‘protect human health and to safeguard the natural environment — air, water and land — upon which life depends.’ Moving a bit of toxic waste around town and putting it out of plain view doesn’t seem to accomplish the mission.” Or, in other words, good intentions don’t guarantee good results.

  52. 52 jezebel282

    Portia,

    No need to drag Milton Friedman into this. I was only kidding. Sheesh.

    “Of course private citizens have to be involved.”
    Involved is fine. But doing it all by ourselves is another. We are supposed to have a Representative representing us.

  53. 53 1george1

    PORTIA – I hope you mail or e-mail your feelings / positions to:
    EPA
    cc: savestratford.org, Mayor, and Council Clerk

    From: Thomas Smith
    To: George Mulligan
    Sent: Sun, September 12, 2010 9:46:21 PM
    Subject: Re: Need ron jenning’s address for letter to editor
    to encourage stratford residents to write to EPA opinions /
    concerns about being poisoned & destoryed property values

    George –

    Here it is:

    EPA welcomes input provided during the public comment period
    and uses comments to improve the remedy selection decision.
    There are three ways for individuals to express their comments
    on the Proposed Plan:

    Written comments may be mailed and postmarked by October 16, 2010 to

    Ron Jennings, U.S. EPA,
    5 Post Office Square, Suite 100 (OSRR07-1),
    Boston, MA 02109-3912 .

    Written comments may also be emailed to
    jennings.ron@epa.gov
    by October 16, 2010.

    OPTIONAL cc
    carol cabrol ;
    MayorJohn Harkins ;
    James Miron ; ooops me goof …
    John Kovach ;
    Brittany Lyte ;
    Leave it to CT POST for email address on stratford 2B homonym of
    BLIGHT!
    michael daly ; OP Editor
    Hugh Bailey ; assist OP Editor
    john schwing ; news manager
    EditorLetter NHRegister ;

    Or, in other words, good intentions don’t guarantee good results.

    Witnessed by:
    George Mulligan – Ed “Beefy” Hargus – Marcia Stewart –
    The Great Diane Buda + Eleanor Burke – Hank Cieuchuk
    Former Residents of Stratford
    and those of us too stupid to have moved …

  54. 54 1george1

    Jeze
    Can you edit and add the address / e-address to the CAUTION –
    KOVACH Comments area at top of blog string.

    If you can, please pretend the suggestion came from someone
    else that you like more than me, since we share the same position
    on this – but i do tick you off …. most often … unintentionally 😉

  55. 55 jezebel282

    George,

    “Can you edit and add the address / e-address to the CAUTION”
    As usual, I have no idea what you are asking for.

    However, the most useful information can be found at:

    http://www.savestratford.org/

  56. 56 1george1

    Jeze,
    I know that and you know that the best place for info is both the
    savestratford website and EPA (2005) Bulliten # 44 Raymarks which
    anyone can google and down load.

    However, the above picture / caption is higher visibility.

    I often praise your graphics and titles and usually text.
    This was a request – not a criticism

    Thank you.

  57. 57 jezebel282

    George,

    “This was a request – not a criticism”

    Maybe I’m just having one of those avatar moments….what is it that you are requesting?

  58. 58 portia1776

    “I was only kidding. Sheesh.” – I was sure hoping you were. Your seemingly serious Nixon/Bush/Obama-ian take on the Constitution (i.e., “The Constitution doesn’t really guarantee anything.”) has thrown me for a loop. Sorry!

    “But doing it all by ourselves is another.” – I know, it’s so difficult for us avatars to find haz mat gear in size “pixel.”

    “We are supposed to have a Representative representing us.” – Sounds like someone has been reading their Constitution.

    The problem, of course, is that too many of our representatives don’t seem to understand the employer (us) – employee (them) relationship. Taxpayers are treated to unbridled arrogance and unwarranted condescension by our bipartisan political ruling class, 67% of whom “believe the United States is generally heading in the right direction,” according to a Rasmussen Reports poll. The unwashed masses (us), meanwhile, have have a rather different take on things: “84% say the country has gotten off on the wrong track (http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/general_politics/august_2010/67_of_political_class_say_u_s_heading_in_right_direction_84_of_mainstream_disagrees ) .”

  59. 59 jezebel282

    Portia,

    “The problem, of course, is that too many of our representatives don’t seem to understand the employer (us) – employee (them) relationship. Taxpayers are treated to unbridled arrogance and unwarranted condescension by our bipartisan political ruling class,”

    Here I am in violent agreement with you.

  60. 60 1george1

    George,
    “This was a request – not a criticism”
    Maybe I’m just having one of those avatar moments….
    what is it that you are requesting?

    Are you paying attention?
    Please put the Ron Jenning email address and mail address
    for Public Comment or EPA / RAYMARK at the top where
    you post the original String. Thank you.

    “The problem, of course, is that too many of our representatives don’t
    seem to understand the employer (us) – employee (them) relationship.

    THEY COMPLETELY UNDERSTAND.
    THEY DO POLLING on EVERYTHING.

    Taxpayers are treated to unbridled arrogance and unwarranted
    condescension by our bipartisan political ruling class,”

    IS PORTIA SUGGESTING THERE IS NO DEMOCRATIC or REPUBLICAN
    PARTY at NATIONAL, STATE, or LOCAL LEVELS?
    IS JEZE AGREEING?

    ANYONE “want” to look at the MAYORAL DEBATE TAPES or my LETTERS
    to the EDITOR SINCE 1999?

    The unwashed masses (us), meanwhile, have have a rather different take
    on things: “84% say the country has gotten off on the wrong track
    (heading on wrong direction)

    NO NEED to be REDUNDANT …. However …. I TOLD YOU SO!

  61. 61 jezebel282

    George,

    “Please put the Ron Jenning email address and mail address
    for Public Comment or EPA / RAYMARK at the top where
    you post the original String. Thank you.”

    Oh.

    OK, done.

  62. 62 jezebel282

    From George:

    Raymark meeting last night was about 4 properties, where there is
    agreement for limited consolidation / cap in place.

    There are 20 much, much larger dumpsites with Cap issues related to
    Asbestos and Lead which may or may not have solvents involved.

    I had emailed an extremely sardonic comment to Ron Jenning that
    INCLUDED references to ERIN BROCOVICH + GROUND WATER + VOC
    VOLATILE ORGANIC COMPOUNDS + L I A B I L I T Y.

    There were 11-12 people from Feds / State, including EPA General
    Council (region or national – I do not know) and including Health
    Dept person from CT.
    J Harkins, M Catalano, S Philips, and P & L Hoydic were present.
    (I am tempted to use Profit & Loss as a non personal reference)
    A couple town Health Department and other people were present.

    Ron Jennings (EPA) and Ron Curran (DEP) to their credit addressed the
    more serious issue of 500 acres (I wrote / posted 250 – letem correct me)
    of poisoned ground water, which so far they have NO IDEA on how to
    resolve it and it is NOT GOING away soon!

    I made reference to ERIN BROCOVICH and LIABILITY related to groundwater
    and gas from Groundwater call Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) which is
    an EXISTING DANGER under about 120 homes and multiple businesses.
    – EPA placed Alarms / Vents in 106 home and 2 business basements.
    – A few homes already had Vents.

    The groundwater is not for DRINKING!

    FERRY CREEK is going to get a FENCE, because it is completely lined with
    RAYMARK DUMPINGS.
    The Fence will go from Ron (doc’s son in law) Mazzy’s back yard, all along
    the Housatonic Avenue back yards, over to some Willow Street backyards,
    along the Ferry Boulevard backyards to the bridge on the other side of
    Ron + Karla’s home.

    —-

    The Health Department lady from CT. stated there are multiple Health
    Studies available and Stratford Health Department has copies.

    Those can be compared with urban legends about people living around
    schools and other dump sites who supposedly died from cancer …

    There are rumors about peoples’ health issues on Willow and elsewhere.

    Property values will fall apart when thos fences go up.

    —-

    For Mike R / others – A white Heliocopter just passed by.
    It was hugging the stratford side of the Housatonic river shore line.

    I get them passing by my window a few times a week.
    Along with some eagles.

  63. 63 1george1

    ref # 61 – Thank you.

  64. 64 1george1

    I gave Brittany Lyte and her bosses a little bit of a hard time for not
    mentioning the groundwater and VOC’S in her story Friday.

    I had sent letters to the CT POST and STAR editor before and after the
    EPA meeting on wednesday night.

    I dug up an e-mail from Feb, where Mike Daly promised me a counter
    to Mayor Harkins, because Hugh Bailey’s son was being born and Hugh
    was out.

    You may find this hard to believe, but I pestered the CT. POST.

    The POST likes Harkins and Save Stratford more than they like me.
    However compare Hugh Bailey column, with my Star Letter Editor:


    About those burdensome regulations
    Published: 02:24 p.m., Friday, September 17, 2010

    One factory doesn’t represent American industry. There is such a thing as overregulation. But when people talk about the need to ease government rules to free up the economy, it’s worth remembering what can happen in their absence — to our health, the environment, the cost of cleanup and a town’s future.

    Sept. 14, 1984

    EPA: Raymark area high in solvents: “Higher than average concentrations of two chemical compounds have been found in air samples taken in the vicinity of the Raymark Inc. plant. … Officials are evaluating the carcinogenic potential of the compounds but it will be `some time’ before any conclusions can be drawn.”

    May 8, 1985

    Raymark fined in waste spill: “Raymark was charged with failing to report within 24 hours the leaking of up to 75,000 gallons of waste water containing asbestos and phenols — two toxic chemicals — from a tank on company property. … The company paid the $5,000 fine in court last Friday.”

    June 9, 1988

    Ex-Raybestos workers sue firms for illness: “Fifteen area residents who worked at the former factory are seeking more than $3 million each for respiratory illnesses they claim resulted from inhaling and ingesting asbestos dust and fibers.”

    March 10, 1988

    Raymark must pay $22 million in damages: “Raymark Industries was ordered Wednesday to pay two former Du Pont Co. workers $22 million in punitive damages for concealing the hazards of working near asbestos.”

    Nov. 27, 1988

    Citizens keep up the fight for clean air: ” … `We got out to the front porch and the odor was so bad it gagged you.’ … The source of the odor was Raymark Inc., a plant across the river in Stratford. She called the company, but was told the odor was `just a nuisance — don’t worry about it.’ … `No matter how well-written an odor regulation is, it means nothing unless there is prompt and consistent enforcement,’ she said.”

    Sept. 8, 1988

    Raymark may become Superfund site: “The Raymark Corp. in Stratford, a longtime target of federal and state environmental actions, could be declared a federal Superfund site, officials said. … There are five major areas requiring cleanup: Four lagoons contaminated with an asbestos-lead sludge, covering one-third to one-half of the 33-acre site; eight known locations in Stratford where the asbestos-lead sludge was used as fill; a waste pile contaminated with a solvent; contaminated groundwater beneath the site; and drums of hazardous waste.”

    Sept. 13, 2010

    EPA to present new cleanup plans of Raymark sites: “All told, there are 20 designated regions in the town that have soil tainted with toxic waste — asbestos, PCBs and lead — generated from the Raymark manufacturing plant. Since 1994, more than $200 million has been funneled into cleanup efforts at just a few of those locations, including the old factory site off Barnum Avenue Cutoff, which was once one of the largest Superfund sites in the country.”

    From the files of the Connecticut Post, Bridgeport Post and Bridgeport Telegram.

    Hugh S. Bailey is assistant editorial page editor at the Connecticut Post. He can be reached at 203-330-6233 or at hbailey@ctpost.com.

  65. 65 1george1

    This was published in thursday’s star.
    I did move one paragraph and changed words (250 to 500)
    (110 homes to 106 homes and 2 businesses.)

    State + Town Health Departments stated WED they have studies showing
    no existing Health Issues.
    Please review existing FACTS from CT POST.
    EPA word TOXIN
    My word POISIN

    Save Stratford’s leader Tom Smith left voice mails requesting my neighbors to write letters about Raymark poisoned Dumpsites and Groundwater to EPA Ron Jennings: 5 Post Office Square, Suite 100 (OSRR07-1), Boston, MA 02109-3912. Email: jennings.ron@epa.gov (cc: savestratford.org, mayor)
    See http://www.savestratford.org website, for neighborhood concerns!

    Tom specifically requested: “to seek fully funded, comprehensive plan, which removes all (or most) of toxic waste in Stratford, from all Stratford properties.

    Google: Raymark (2005) EPA Bulletin # 44 to see EPA defined problems. EPA desires increasing concentrations of poisons, inland/upstream of Stratford’s 500 acre poisoned groundwater acres.

    Please cite your concerns about Health, Home Property Values, Tax Base and your personal reasoning and issues.

    Thanks to RAC members Charlie Perez, Paul Rohaly, other RAC members causing EPA decision: “106 homes (2 business) within 500 acres of contaminated groundwater had Vents/Alarms installed in our basements to protect against toxic gases, costing over $1,000,000 instead of another survey.”

    This and EPA Bulletin # 44 admits dangers!

    Thanks to Tom Smith and Save Stratford to protect families, from cruel, unusual, punishing and craven, government decisions.

    My sardonic solution to Raymark dumpsites and groundwater is for EPA officials and all government officials, lawyers, and Town Committee members to places toxins from Raymark, in personal basements, like they exposed our families for decades.

    Raymark, AVCO, Sikorsky, and other contaminated sites are somewhat analogous to Eric Brocovich movie’s “liability issues” relating to “contaminated groundwater and volatile organic compound gases.”

    Next week FAA-Bridgeport will (likely) stack Sikorsky Airport hearing’s sign-up sheet. Bridgeport wants land across from the runway.
    (In EPA Bulletin #44 as Raymark dumpsite.)
    Marcia Stewart’s PYE and town lawsuit want to block transfer. Expansion can mean 24/7/365 jets, which will affect ALL “Stratford Property Values.”

    Arts Commission and District 3 Town Councilor Catalano state: “new Shakespeare Theater non-profit proposal will protect Stratford Town and Residents interest in licensing and fund raising.”
    It could include a docu-drama-comedy movie to recover new and past money invested in renovating the Shakespeare Theater, parking lot, roof, and all associated costs, while yielding revenue to Stratford and non-profit’s costs, like marketing and affiliated needs, without steering funds? It’s a Raymark dumpsite.

    DOT Moses Wheeler Bridge plans include adding ramps, which can affect poison groundwater and add noise and air pollution, again taking from Stratford Property values.

    1998 zip code changes commingled Stratford-Bridgeport.

    1998 Pension Bonding was supposed to pay for itself. 500 Defined Benefit Pensions cost 4 Mils, with 400 more to retire. Health Care, Benefits, and Annuities “excesses” add 4 Mils.

    1998 AVCO preferred vender? AVCO and Shakespeare Theater failed 3 times, affecting Tax Base and Mil rates, which helped cause Dianon’s move to Shelton, Bargain News move to Trumbull, and close the
    Mobil Chemical plant.

    I volunteer to be a debate questioner for State Senate candidates James Miron and Kevin Kelly, who was paid 6 figures per year by Mayor Miron’s town attorney.

    To protect your property values and peoples health, please write to EPA supporting savestratford.org position to remove poisons from Stratford!

  66. 66 1george1

    Guilty to lacking focus and keeping it simple.

    Tying in multiple property tax problem causers, to add justification
    for overburdoned tax payers to write and/or get involve, is an attempt
    to motivate people to knowledgeable action.

    Almost 100 % of people in Town Committees live in Stratford.
    Most are loyal americans who care about at least some people and
    certainly their property values ……

    At some point even liars, thieves, cheats, and murderers recognize that
    without a social contract of relative fairness, that the system works
    against their long term interests ……

    If the Democrats and Republicans let the system wor the way it is capable
    of working, everyone would have more money to spend and the politicians
    and their dependents and allies can steal more money.

    I am reminded of Ray Voccola’s comment about a certain lawyer ….
    “He’s “too” greedy ….”

    I suspect you can figure who Ray was talking about, since he is not here
    to confirm nor deny.

  67. 67 1george1

    CT. POST – I did not see this in this weekend’s papers:

    Stratford held hostage by the EPA
    Published: 05:42 p.m., Friday, October 1, 2010

    For the past 10 years, the Environmental Protection Agency has held the town of Stratford hostage with the following proposition — either accept a substandard, under-funded plan that does not clean up Stratford’s toxic Raymark waste problem (or even meet the basic design standards for disposal of toxic waste); or the EPA and the state Department of Environmental Protection will do the bare minimum (at best) or at worst, nothing at all until you (Stratford) accept the one and only proposal they have put forth to date.

    It’s been three years since SaveStratford first got involved in the Raymark issue. During that time, we’ve heard nothing but excuses, doublespeak and even outright lies from both the EPA and DEP about why they won’t remove the Raymark waste from Stratford, finish the job they started 20 years ago and fix the problem once and for all. Here’s a sampling:

    “There’s no place to put it” — On the contrary, according to SaveStratford’s own research, there are at least three facilities that were more than willing and able and happy to accept the toxic Raymark waste.

    “There isn’t enough money” — Recently, according to EPA public comments, it came to light that the EPA will provide the city of New York “an expedited fully funded comprehensive cleanup plan” for the infamously toxic Gowanus Canal. Cleanup of the polluted canal is expected to reach hundreds of millions of dollars. The EPA also recently came up with several million dollars to clean up an uninhabited island in the middle of the Housatonic River. Meanwhile, here in Stratford, after commencing cleanup operations 20-plus years ago, the EPA hasn’t finished and won’t finish the job they started.

    “It’s really not that toxic” — What a real whopper this one is! If this were true, why has the EPA spent over $200 million, held endless meetings and spent countless thousands of hours trying to convince everyone here in Stratford otherwise?

    Please join SaveStratford this Thursday night, Oct. 6, in Town Council chambers and tell the EPA that they need to provide Stratford with a fully funded, comprehensive cleanup plan that removes all or most of the toxic Raymark Waste from town and puts it where it belongs — in a toxic waste facility that is built and designed to appropriately handle it.

    Tom Smith and the members of SaveStratford.org

  68. 68 1george1

    According to CT POST Website – This letter was published today.

    Sorry Jeze.

    I actually posted a couple in the proper blog strings. 😉 8)

    I am not meaning to confuse you, nor anger you. 😦
    I so happens each of the posts were already composed, and I knew
    where they belonged. 🙂

    However when I compose rebuttals – they start out directly under the
    issue posted in that string ….. but since I disagree with “some” causation
    than what you, chris, portia and other readers believe … I tend to let
    my words wander along my “out of the box” thinking.

  69. 69 1george1

    Excerpts from a letter to the editor:

    Please write: “to seek fully funded, comprehensive plan, to remove all/most Stratford Raymark (most) toxic waste, from all Stratford properties” to EPA Ron Jennings: 5 Post Office Square, Suite 100 (OSRR07-1), Boston, MA 02109-3912. Email: jennings.ron@epa.gov.

    Please cite your concerns about Health, Home Property Values, Tax Base, your reasoning, and issues.

    Please see http://www.savestratford.org website and Raymark (2005) EPA Bulletin # 44, for issues.

    Please copy: savestratford.org, Mayor Harkins, Senators Dodd/Lieberman; Congresswoman DeLauro; Governor Rell; State Reps: DeBicella, Hoydic, Miller, and Backer; and Town Councilors!

    “CT. and Stratford Health Departments have studies available” of “no known unusual health issues!”

    EPA Bulletin # 44: EPA defined problems and solutions like increasing concentrations of poisons, inland/upstream of Stratford’s 500 acre (not 250) poisoned groundwater acres.

    Eric Brocovich movie’s “liability issues?” “Toxic groundwater and volatile organic compound gases!”

    EPA word: “TOXIN.” My word: “POISON.”

    Inhaled Asbestos, causes Mesothelioma. Existing capped Asbestos and Lead, not airborne.

    Groundwater NOT drinkable! Areas have city water.

    “Both Contract Plating and Raymark solvents are causing groundwater problems,” justifying added funds and change Law “limiting EPA solution alternatives to existing EPA dumpsites!”

    Protect peoples’ health and your (Stratford’s and areas) property values. Please write/email to EPA supporting savestratford.org position “to remove poisons from Stratford!”

  70. 70 1george1

    From the Published archives…
    Looking for answers about airport … Connecticut Post Staff

    Article Last Updated: 11/10/2008 05:15:30 PM EST

    The Sikorsky Memorial Airport Advisory Committee has completed its third and final meeting regarding the expansion of the airport runways. I attended the meeting and it was an eye-opener, to say the least.

    The advisory committee won’t use the word “expansion” because members feel “safety areas” is more appropriate. Whatever terminology is used, the idea is to extend and pave the runways to put the safety material on top. The committee cannot guarantee that the safety areas will remain and never be changed to accommodate larger aircraft.

    With or without safety areas, the hangers have been approved and the airport’s terminal is being replaced. If they are true to their word and if the safety areas remain, residents will never be able to use the airport for commercial jet flights. If for some reason the safety areas are removed to accommodate larger aircraft, the noise and pollution will be unbearable.

    This is a no-win situation for Stratford. According the committee’s brochure, “The airport will develop as a general aviation airport, serving both business jets and single and twin engine aircraft.” With the plan, Bridgeport will receive paved runways that are currently in poor condition, compliments of the Federal Aviation Administration. In addition to the runways being paved, the moving of Main Street will be paid for by the state. That’s a great deal for Bridgeport and the corporate airlines. Once again, what’s in it for Stratford?

    The advisory committee used the word “assumptions” in their brochure and presentation. One is the expansion of Runway 24 by 400 feet and moving Main Street. Another assumption is to lengthen Runway 29 by 600 feet. They say Runway 29 will be completed at a later date. Will that be years, months or days? Once again, the runways have to be extended and paved to put the safety material at each end.

    The advisory committee should get its priorities in order and install radar, which is long overdue, along with repaving the existing runways. If safety is such a concern, why are the Gulfstream IV’s flying in and out of Sikorsky now, without radar or safety areas and poor runways?

    The advisory committee announced there will be a public hearing in December.

    Concerned residents should attend and ask about what changes are in the best interest of Stratford. You can decide for yourself about assumptions and reality.
    I urge the Town Council to reject this proposal and demand that the existing runways be paved and radar be installed before the expansion/safety areas are discussed. This is a serious safety problem and should be addressed now! Progress is good as long as it profits Stratford and not just Bridgeport and corporate airline owners.

    When I moved to Lordship, it was a small airport serving the area with single and twin engine aircraft. U.S. Airlines Turboprops provided a relatively quiet commercial service to Philadelphia. Then the corporate jets arrived, bringing noise and pollution. Did the Lordship residents expect this when they moved here? I doubt it!

    Charles Bitzer, 115 Short Beach Road # A305 Stratford CT 06615 –
    (203) 380-9282 – Food for thought.

  71. 71 1george1

    EPA PUBLIC HEARING WED OCT 6
    I forgot when / where.


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