Tuesday, January 30, 2007
> Good Morning Neighbor:
> I received several emails yesterday with regard to an onion smell
> over the weekend combined with sudden illness. If you experienced
> any of this, please email me with your story and call the EPD to
> report this incident. Their number is (800) 241-4113 or
> Metro Atlanta: (404) 656-4300. I will be calling the EPD as well
> to report overall incidents in our community but your call is vital
> - the more calls the more they listen. There is always the
> possibility that more Ethoprop was stored at this facility but not
> treated and that they stumbled upon it and tried to do something
> with it over the weekend. This is the very reason why our
> Governing Board has requested in writing that the EPD inspect this
> property and assure the community that it is appropriately cleaned
> up and shut down with regard to waste water treatment.
> Your neighbor,
> P.S. Correction with regard to title of Ben Barry of Region 2 in
> yesterday's email- the Regional Administrator is Alan Steinberg -
> Excuse my mental confusion.
Monday, January 29, 2007
> Hi Neighbor:
> I should have written in the subject line the EPA's Non-Response!
> Of course this is nothing new to our community and the very reason
> why there must be change in this agency. This agency was created
> for the protection of the citizens yet they do not feel the need to
> respond to the citizens. We are supposed to just say okay the case
> is closed and walk away without any answers. The very fact that
> they cannot show us that through their investigation there is no
> linkage sends up more red flags that there possibly is a linkage.
> Or could it be that they really do not care and do not intend to
> investigate something that is vital to the health and welfare of
> their Region 2 citizens? I intend to post all of this with Senator
> Barbara Boxer's office - she will be holding hearings with regard
> to the inadequacies of the EPA in the near future. I will also
> forward this to Representative Westmoreland, Representative Scott,
> Senator Saxby Chamblis and Senator Johnny Isakson.
> I will keep you informed of further progress in this area.
> Your neighbor,
> Response from Region 2 Director of the EPA
> Ms. Biemiller,
> Thank you for all of the information you have provided regarding the
> potential link between the mercaptan smell and the issue you are
> addressing in Georgia. At this time, I do not have any updates and I
> believe the investigation has been completed.
> Ben Barry
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
> Good Morning Neighbor:
> Yes, the Task Force is already thinking about Spring and beyond for
> many exciting reasons. We continue to develop our strategic plan
> which includes changing existing laws in our State that allow for
> other states to dump their toxins here. If you are available to do
> some computer research please let me know, we have many topics that
> need to be explored. Also, our community's story will be
> featured in the Spring publications of "Beyond Pesticides" and the
> "Atlanta Magazine".
> There has still been no confirmation with regard to the New Jersey
> connection but will keep you posted.
> Have an awesome day,
> P.S. I witnessed the birth of another awesome neighborhood
> organization the other night "The Peachtree City Civic
> Association". The homeowners are coming together to make sure
> their elected officials follow through with a planned community
> vision. They are concerned about many environmental topics that
> rapid growth would create. (Never forget our community is a
> testament to what people can do and we can share this vision with
> so many others. Who would have thought that what has sprung up
> here would filter out and have such a positive impact on so many.)
Thursday, January 18, 2007
January 15, 2007
Well it has been another week of trying to break through barriers to hopefully find someone to listen. Captain Pete Nelms of Fayette EMS and myself have been diligently trying to contact the authorities in New York and New Jersey. Capt. Nelms finally made contact with the NJ EPD but has not heard anything with regard to feedback from their investigation. However, I am still confident that we will speak to someone and gain a better understanding as to what has occurred in that area.Our Task Force just sent out over 90 packets to Governors and Congressional Leaders citing the failure of the EPA to respond to our community and I am enclosing the cover letter below. Let's hope that the same does not prove out for our neighbors in the North East.Your Neighbor,ConnieA Quote from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr ""Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
January 8, 2007
Hi Neighbor:Is this our situation?? I feel like I am reliving the headlines and it will be interesting to find the origin of this "mercaptan" smell. If it appears we could be help, our Task Force will try to connect with NYC EMS in the coming days so that they do not have to re-invent the wheel. There are other stories as well today - two incidents in Texas. One involving the finding of many dead birds this morning in one city and other has a chemical cloud hovering over the town and the children were unable to be released at the end of the school day.http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/01/08/nyc.odor/index.htmlI will keep you posted.Your Neighbor,Connie
January 1, 2007
Good Morning Neighbor:On this first day of 2007, I wake up with excitement knowing that this year is going to be a great one. Our Task Force has the opportunity to make so many changes in the lives of our neighbors throughout our State. There is a resolve among us that what has happened in our community should never occur in another. So as I eat my black eye peas and greens today, I already know luck is with me because I have the joy of knowing that I live in a neighborhood of people who really do care!!Happy New Year!!Connie
December 27, 2006
Hi Neighbor:Another marker in this toxic event - this will be in the AJC tomorrow.http://www.ajc.com/search/content/metro/fayette/stories/2006/12/28/fyxstories1228a.html
December 27, 2006
Good Morning Neighbor:See the link below - we all knew this was happening to the employees of PSC. Now that they are closing up - I believe more and more of the workers will begin to come forward. Please keep these workers and their families in your thoughts and prayers.Your Neighbor,Conniehttp://www.thecitizen.com/node/13128
December 24, 2006
My Dear Neighbor:During this precious holiday season, when we are reminded that we all have been given the opportunity to give light to the world, we should feel enormously blessed that we have been able to do so as a community. I often think about Dr. Martin Luther King's dream of a "Beloved Community" and out of all of our accomplishments becoming a Beloved Community is our greatest achievement. We have come together for a purpose greater than ourselves - we have crossed economic barriers, racial barriers, gender barriers, political barriers and have successfully merged two counties. At this very moment our light could not be brighter and it is for this reason alone that we must venture on to make a difference throughout our State. For what we have accomplished here can truly be accomplished anywhere - we are living proof. A door has been opened to us to make a difference regarding environmental issues and we would be remiss to not walk through it.As the New Year begins, the Task Force Governing Board will be unveiling a strategic plan to carry out this mission. So rest while you can because we have only begun to break through the darkness!May you and your family feel God's greatest gift of Love today and always,Connie
> Hi Neighbor:
> I know it is raining outside but it looks beautiful to me!!! The
> more and more I talk to people who understand the function of this
> pre-treatment permit - the more I understand that there is no way
> PSC can continue to function after midnight tonight. There is only
> one legal way to function and that is to bring in tankers to ship
> the water back out once it has been treated and the expense to that
> would be astronomical!!
> We are so very blessed as a community and I hope that one day we
> can join with the former workers of PSC (who we all know must be
> very ill) so that we can give them any resources and contacts that
> we have acquired for their future health care issues.
> Have a blessed day - I know I am!!!
December 20, 2006
Hi Neighbor:56.5 hours and PSC can no long use the Fulton County Sewer System!!!!! Jim Ussery of the EPD called to say that PSC has not made any contact with their agency!!! I am seeing nothing but good in this picture so far!!Your enthusiastic neighbor,Connie
December 18, 2006
Hi Neighbor:We are only a few days away from the ending of PSC's permit with Fulton County. So far there has been no word that they have tried to negotiate a new contract with the State - EPD. We would hope that kind of negotiation would be futile - especially if they have thoughts of dumping into the streams that feed White Water Creek - WWC supplies Fayetteville's drinking water.I will keep you posted as the days progress!!!Connie
> Good Morning Neighbor:
> One of the greatest blessings in this whole toxic event has been
> Bethany United Methodist Church. This congregation has not only
> opened their doors for these huge Town Hall Meetings but weekly for
> our governing board. And even more special, we are in their
> prayers. At this time of year - a time of giving and receiving -
> it would be wonderful for us all to give a monetary gift to Bethany
> as well as a wonderful card expressing our thanks. This is one of
> those rare times that you will truly see your funds at work
> directly in and for your community.
> The address is:
> Bethany United Methodist Church
> 607 Rivers Road
> Fayetteville, GA 30214
> So give generously and let them know that we consider what they are
> doing a great blessing to us all,
> Hi Neighbor:
> Cathy Strong - Chairman of the Media Committee reports that she
> needs your help!! They are making a video-documentary of this
> event and would like to film your stories. They will be filming
> tomorrow 12-11-06 and at other times during the week. Please email
> or call her to let her know that you are available to give your
> story as an individual or a family. Please see her attachment
> below - her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
> Thanks for all of your help,
> Could you please send a general email to "your list" referring them
> to my email and phone if they'd like to do an interview?
> We'll fit in anyone that we can on Monday, even if we have to go
> into the afternoon hours.
> Anyone who cannot get here on Monday will be scheduled later, but
> we will get to everyone who is interested.
December 6, 2006Good Morning Neighbor:Fulton County has heard us and has had to courage to do the right thing by formally denying PSC their permit renewal as of December 22, 2006. Therefore, this means that PSC can no longer use Fulton County's sewer system to dispose of their waste which by the way is 90% of their operation. PSC says they will continue to operate by bringing in trucks and hauling the waste off to other places - in order to do that they would need trucks lined up all down Hwy 92 and the expensive would be out of this world. Also the City of Fairburn would then become involved and would never stand for trucks being line up all down their roads - by the way we will be meeting with Fairburn City Mgr. tomorrow to further discuss this issue as well among other items.Let me assure all of you this is a huge a victory and we should celebrate and send our gratitude to Fulton County!!!!!!It was wonderful to see everyone last night - it truly was an awesome meeting. I do not think there are too many meetings like the one last night where you see people wanting to work together in such a strong way for the betterment of the community and I feel so blessed to be a part of something that will benefit so many people!!Please email your thankfulness today to the Fulton County Commissioners and especially South Fulton Commissioner Bill Edwards for forging the way to make this happen. I have included their email addresses below.Now I am off to have a beautiful day in this Neighborhood!!!Connie
December 2, 2006
Hi neighbor - once again:If you are a member of a local congregation please invite your Pastor or Rabbi to attend the Town Hall meeting - they very much need to know the hurts of the people in their community. Also, please ask that they make an announcement during their services - even if people in their congregation have not been affected this is a time for the community at large to show their support by their presence at this crucial meeting.Thanks again for deeply caring for your community,Connie
> Good Morning Neighbors:
> I want to remind everyone that we only have a few days before the
> big meeting. It is crucial that we all be there - many
> announcements are going to be made that IMPACT OUR LIVES. There
> will be plenty of question and answer time and trust me you are
> going to want to be a part of the conversation!!!
> Please print out the flyer I sent and put it in your neighborhood
> this weekend - also I have extra printed and will be glad to get
> them to you. We also have over a THOUSAND people to call before
> Tuesday so we desperately need your help in this area - if you
> could call 20 people that would be a great help. Please email or
> call me at 770-314-6999.
> I cannot stress enough of the importance of what we are doing and
> the weight Tuesday night is going to carry - we need a reenactment
> of our meeting at Bethany in July - there needs to be standing room
> Your neighbor,
Hi Neighbors:Please read the important articles below!! Also, I wanted to inform you that the Attorneys handling the Class Action Lawsuit for our community will be speaking at the Town Hall Meeting and will be available to answer your questions.Have a great day!Your neighbor,Conniehttp://www.thecitizen.com/node/12393
Hi again neighbors:I am hoping this will be published in the Citizen this week - we shall see!!!ConnieBegin forwarded message:Date: November 27, 2006 8:25:45 AM ESTSubject: Letter to the EditorTwo of the most visible regulatory agencies in the post 9/11 era that have been charged with an even higher duty to protect it's citizens from terrorist events are the Environmental "Protection" Division and the Environmental "Protection" Agency. There has been much talk and investigation into the fact that a terrorist organization would try to use facilities under the EPD's/EPA's care to implement a terrorist attack by poisoning our water or our air.The reality is this protection is not taking place!! We have all just watched this being played out in Fayette and South Fulton Counties - the truth is that there is no oversight of these facilities once they are permitted by the EPD or EPA. They are never routinely physically investigated for compliance nor are they required to turn in annual reports with regard to their operations. When an issue does arise - like the Philip Services Corportation incident where thousands of people have been poisoned by toxic threat agents released from this plant (yes thousands merely due to the fact that air moves and carries the chemical warfare agent) - the EPD/EPA then get involved. However, they only provide limited involvement because they have not been trained as to how to test for chemical warfare agents. Due to their lack of knowledge and implementation of appropriate testing, they can easily give the "all clear" signal and issue a fine to the company and go their way.I for one have learned a great deal over the past 6 months. It is my understanding that the Georgia EPD has never permanently shut down a plant for excessive violations - they just issue fines - such as the one that they negotiated with PSC without involving the citizens. The EPD was mandated years ago to begin involving citizens in any consent order negotiations however they refuse to carry out this mandate. We as a community must wake-up to the fact that we are not safe and we must begin to demand that the government that we pay "truly protect us". Our money deserves much more than lip service let alone our lives. Fayette and Fulton Counties have set forth resolutions for PSC to be shut down - I always thought that once our government spoke that it's instructions were carried out but now I have found out that our local governments have no power at all because the plant is still open. Let us all beware - the citizen is not the priority but it is given to the corporation no matter how heinous the crime. I ask again how much longer? When will this nightmare be over? Is it really going to take the literal death of a community before we make changes to truly protect our citizens?I was "blinded but now I see" therefore I cannot stop until the "crooked path is made straight"!Constance Thomas Biemiller, ChairmanSouth Fulton and Fayette Community Task Force
Hi Neighbor:Please see below a Flyer for our Town Hall Meeting - please reproduce and get them out in your neighborhood!!!! I will see you there!!!Your Neighbor,Connie
YOUR PRESENCE IS REQUESTED
A TOWN HALL MEETING WILL BE HELD TO ALERT YOU AND YOUR NEIGHBOR TO ILLNESSES CAUSED BY THE EMISSION OF TOXIC CHEMICALS RELEASED INTO OUR ATMOSPHERE – GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS WILL BE PRESENT TO INFORM AND OFFER RESOLUTIONS TO THIS CALAMITY
TUESDAY - DECEMBER 5, 2006
BETHANY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH AT THE CORNER OF LEES LAKE ROAD AND MILAM ROAD
(If coming from Hwy 74 go east on Milam Road to four way stop, the Church will be on your left at the four way stop)
(If coming from Hwy 92 turn onto Rivers Road going West to the four way stop, the Church will on you right at the four way stop)
For more information regarding this important meeting please call the South Fulton and Fayette Community Task Force at 770-314-6999 or visit us on the web at communitytaskforce.org
> Hi Neighbors:
> I wanted to share with you on the eve of our Day of Thanksgiving my
> personal thankfulness for all of you. It is out of this community
> tragedy that blessings abound in my life by being given the
> opportunity to meet all of you. When we look at the world through
> the eyes of the news - it appears that love is almost non-existent
> from one neighbor to another but the real story is that love truly
> is all around us and it is overflowing. So I say thank you for
> living in this community and caring about your neighbor!!! We are
> all proof positive that the world is a better place because we do
> care and we do want to make a lasting difference for generations to
> Blessings to you all,
> Good Morning Neighbors:
> A Town Hall Meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday December 5th at
> 7pm at Bethany United Methodist Church where our July 19th meeting
> was held. Pertinent government agencies will be there to update us
> on the health study that is being conducted in our area due to
> toxic exposure. Also, we will be given an update from Fulton
> County with regard to the non-renewal of the Pre-treatment Permit
> of PSC. Our Task Force will be there to update the community of
> our ongoing activities to not only revive our community but to be a
> stellar example of one that makes a difference for all communities
> with regard to potential environmental hazards.
> Please plan to attend and bring your neighbors. Also, I would love
> to have some flyers for people to make copies to place in their
> communities so please send me some flyers you create - you all are
> much more talented than myself. (Remember last time I had the
> directions all wrong.)
> Your neighbor,
Keep sending your stories!!!!!!!! And, if you know of neighbor's illness or complaints of a smell please send that story as well because I know many do not have the internet.Begin forwarded message:Date: November 16, 2006 8:24:04 AM ESTTo: City of Fayetteville, DHR, DNR, EPA, EPD, Fairburn City Council, Fayette Commissioners, Fulton Commissioners, GA House, GA Senate, Governor's Office, House of Rep, PTC Council, Senate, Tyrone Council, Union Cty CouncilCc: MediaSubject: A Continuation of Illness coming from PSCNovember 14, 2006I wanted to make sure you knew there was a "new odor" coming from the PSC plant last night. I drove by plant on my way home from work at 8:50 p.m. It was not an onion smell, but it was horrible and made me sick to my stomach. It reminded me of something rotten mixed with burnt rubber.
NancyNovember 14, 2006last night the smell was horrible, putrid, and obnoxious. It was not onions, it was a sewage type odor. My eyes felt like they were being pulled out from the back of my head, burning and watering. As soon as I started to smell the odor my nose began to run constantly, not like a cold, just a constant drip (sorry for the graphic description!) Myself and my wife both had throbbing headaches until around 11:45p.m... Our 3 year old son was up crying until 11:20 p.m. then once the smell went away he happily went to sleep in about 15 minutes. Our dog would not go outside until after midnight, nor did he eat until late in the morning hours. He likes to go out immediately after eating and made me get up at about 1:30a.m.. this morning to take him outside. The smell was different from onions but strong none the less. One more thing I have noticed, we have well water which we had been giving to our pets, a dog and a cat. One day after a thunderstorm the power was out, and as those with well water know, so was the water. We had to use a gallon of water from the store to give the two animals water. Their bowl holds about 3/4 of a gallon of water and it was gone in about 20 minutes. Since then we have tested the well water vs. bottled water theory on a few occasions, it holds true every time. Well water sits until the HAVE to drink, bottled water disappears as they WANT to drink it. I hope everyone reading this is well, and we can stop these people if we continue to stand together!!!!!
M. Shawn NicholsonNicholson General Contracting
Cell - 770 - 374 -1305Fax - 770 - 969 - 4078
> Hi neighbors:
> Wanted to let you know that Channel Two will be airing a segment
> tonight on the ongoing illness in our area - it should air between
> 6:30 and 7:00pm.
> Also, Bethany United Methodist Church - where we hold our meetings
> - would like to invite everyone to a community Thanksgiving service
> this Sunday at 7:00 PM, with refreshments to follow. All are
> welcomed! I know I plan to attend and give thanks for all the
> great works that are happening and about to happen in our community!!
> I went before the Fulton County Commissioners today and I feel
> confident that they plan to do the right thing and not renew the
> Pre-treatment Permit. I made them aware that PSC is absolutely not
> doing the right thing and that our citizens continue to have
> physical harm inflicted upon them by this company. Which moves me
> to ask that if you are a prayerful person please hold our community
> close to your heart - we have so many that are acutely ill right now!!
> Blessings to all,
Hi Neighbors:Please keep sending your stories!!! Also, this is VERY IMPORTANT - we need to know if you have had your illness confirmed by your doctor that it was due to chemical exp0sure - this is vital for our future - Congressman Westmoreland's office is requesting this information to take to the CDC!!!!I thank God for our community - one that stands for what is right and is willing step out of our comfort zones for the Higher Good!!ConnieNovember 14, 2006The rash is back and also the cramps in my legs.
My feet continually feel like I've worn ill fitting shoes and when I get up to walk I can hardly stand or walk. The pain only diminishes when I'm not at home for 3 -4 days then becomes extremely painful when I'm back home for a few days.
November 13, 2006
November 9th and 10th I could smell the onion smell at my home in Tyrone.After being outside for about 2 hours doing yard work, I had a terrible headache and trouble breathing for the rest of the day and the day after. I still have a headache but not as bad as the first 2 days after smelling this.
My husband has had a rough time breathing for the past week and still is not getting better. He relies upon advair to help. Since we don't have health insurance, we cannot just go the doctor.
I tried to put this on the link to get to the other people, but I couldn't get it to work for me.
Thanks, Gloria and Gordon Furr(Gloria Furr is a Councilwoman of the Tyrone City Council)November 13, 2006I moved in off of Lees Lake road on June 29, 2006 on that day a very strong onion like smell was in the area. Later that day I had severe skin rash, nausea, and cramps. This past Friday Nov. 10 2006 the skin rash and the nausea begin to come back. I have schedule a doctors appoint today. People whatever chemicals are being release is harmful to all of us and it must be stop. Grady Brewer 404-886-0693
November 13, 2006
Once again tonight we have the strange smells from PSC in the community. There have been numerous reports over past 3 weeks. The smells last week at my house, 1/3 mile from the plant, were a chemical smell. Tonight it's a septic smell with a strange added odor. It was very strong …eye burning strong…at about 9:20PM when I went outside. It was smelled by Ben Nelms of the Citizen about the same time as he was driving by the plant after the Fairburn Council meeting tonight.
I am writing this to document the smell and it's being confirmed by Ben Nelms. Often times the smell last a few hours or less and then moves to other area pending wind, so it's hard to document. Ben reported it to Fairburn Fire Dept and they did smell a pungent odor as they called it. The EPD is also on the way. It's now 9:50PM.
Many people are having recurring symptoms and a lot apparently over past 3 weeks since the smells have been more frequent again.
We must NOT renew the permits this year. I understand they are up for renewal in December if not sooner.
This is a real detriment to South Fulton and the entire area. With the new commercial businesses and the new residential communities in the immediate area this is not good for our image let alone our health.
Thanks for any help you can give,
7985 Spence RdFairburn, Ga 30213770-964-9403 Home770-310-3585 Local cell
Hi Neighbors:I continue to forward your stories so keep sending them. Also, I want you to know that John Stacy of Congressman Westmoreland's office went out to the PSC facility on Friday - November 10 to investigate. He reports not smelling anything at that time (of course the problem here is that they are processing these chemicals at night allowing us to breathe them in while we sleep). Mr. Stacy has asked that I keep him informed so if by chance you start smelling the onions or chemical smell the day, please email or call me at 770-314-6999 so I can contact him immediately.Your neighbor,ConnieBegin forwarded message:Date: November 13, 2006 8:51:49 AM ESTTo: City of Fayetteville, DHR, DNR, EPA, EPD, Fairburn City Council, Fayette Commissioners, Fulton Commissioners, GA House, GA Senate, Governor's Office, House of Rep, PTC Council, Senate, Tyrone Council, Union Cty CouncilCc: MediaSubject: People are SufferingNovember 12, 2006My fourteen year old son came home for the weekend.The blood was back in his urine by SaturdayCathy StrongFayetteville, GA(Note: This child has had to be moved away from his home due to ongoing illness from the chemicals emitted from PSC)12 Nov 2006
I smelled the odor early one day this past week, I believe it was Wednesday.
Robert E. Smith560 Janice DriveFayetteville, GANovember 12, 2006Kim has been back this week to the specialist for the severe asthma that she never had until May this year. She was put back on antibiotics and steroids and several sprays the week before by her GP and referred back to the specialist. She simply can't breathe. She is 100% better when away from home for several hours. She has had test at Ga Lung Associates and we are seeing another specialist there in 2 weeks. She had NO problems before May and the onions!
I have had the severe leg and feet cramps again past 4 days. First time in 6 weeks. It was daily back in May, June and July. But now it's sporadic. I also have the severe nausea almost daily again. I have been so lethargic past 5 days could not get enough sleep. But was OK when gone from home several hours.
The dogs are the same lethargic and will not go out again past 4 or 5 days.
I have a chemical smell at times when the onion smell is not there. It was real bad Thursday night. I had to sit up all night with cramps and nausea. Kim could not breathe and had juts had a breathing treatment that afternoon at doctors she was OK till we were home and the smell came back.
7985 Spence RdFairburn, Ga 30213770-964-9403 Home770-310-3585 Local cell
Hi Neighbors:I have compiled some of the emails I have received and sent them to the below entities. Please continue to send your stories!!!!ConnieBegin forwarded message:Date: November 12, 2006 7:40:22 PM ESTTo: DHR, DNR, EPA, EPD, Fairburn City Council, Fayette Commissioners, Fulton Commissioners, GA House, GA Senate, Governor's Office, House of Rep, Senate, Tyrone Council, Union Cty Council, City of Fayetteville, PTC CouncilCc: MediaSubject: More illness due to the Philip Services CorporationNovember 9, 2006This is incredible. I smelled it 2 days ago over here.Donna HeinlenWhitewater Subdivision, FayetteNovember 9, 2006Raymond cant seem to wake up. he has been lethargic for 2-3 days. tonight i insisted he get in the car and ride to Atlanta with me.this stuff is awful. But i still believe God is going to do a miracle work, because surely He did not bring me here to die.Brenda and Raymond JohnsonFayetteville, GANovember 11, 2006For the last few days especially at night and in the mornings when I go out to walk my dog. I have noticed it is hard to breath, yes I have asthma, but it is more than that. I use medication that helps but lately it does not help, there is that smell in the air and I have to cut my walk short.Also in the last week my wife Linda and myself have had stomach and head aches. Yes we do at times smell that onion smell.Our dog and cat have been acting different, they sleep more and more, and do not want to go outside and when they do they come back in a very short time.Hugh & Linda O'Neil520 Anthony DriveTyrone, Ga. 30290770-487-5129November 12, 2006I have had an MRI to rule out a stroke. My doctor tells me I have been brain-damaged by the pesticides coming from PSC. I can hardly talk anymore. Sincerely, Clare HIndman, a victim of PSC and EPD,
November 10, 2006
Neighbors:I spoke with Matt Springer of the EPD this morning and he tells me it is vital that every time you smell a strange smell that you call their 800 number. They are attempting to build a case against this company and they need this documentation. I am pasting the link below because we also need to document this with Poison Control and our local Emergency Management Agency.http://www.communitytaskforce.org/reportincidents.htmAlso, I need your recent stories regarding the smell, illness, pet illness etc. to place on our website and to send to the EPD ect..... You might think your story is small but they all have merit and add up to the big picture. We must make the authorities realize that this company is refusing to quit - in fact they are now processing these chemicals at night hoping to get away with it - so be sure to go outdoors at different times of the evening and if you smell anything call the authorities. Also, please tell your neighbors of these reporting procedures - not everyone has email and it is vital that everyone's voice is heard.Your neighbor,Connie
November 9, 2006
My Dear Neighbors:The odor is back tonight!!! One of our Task Force members came into the meeting and 7pm and reported she smelled it as she passed the plant. I went over at 8:45pm and found the same. I am now reporting this to Poison Control and the EPD. If you are smelling it, please go to our website communitytaskforce.org and follow the reporting procedure. This is so very important that the officials know that this plant is not quitting and continues to put our community at risk.Connie
> Mayor Sheryl Lee, Tyrone was there, too. She came late (she works
> for the Fayette County Recreation Dept. and they held the county
> yard sale that day, she came over afterwards).
> Steve Butler, Fulton County Commission Chairman Karen Handel's
> Chief of Staff. Karen is currently a candidate for Secretary of State.
> Ron Alderman, City of Fairburn Councilman
> Hi neighbor:
> Many of you have requested a list of Officials who spoke at the
> Rally on our behalf. I will list them below and pray that I do not
> leave anyone out.
> Gloria Furr, City of Tyrone
> Mario Avery, City of Fairburn
> George Nicholson, South Fulton Concerned Citizens
> Rod Mack, Candidate Fayette Commissioner
> Kevin Madden, Candidate State Rep. District 72
> Virgil Fludd, State Representative
> Greg Dunn, Chairman Fayette Commissioner
> Peter Pfeifer, Fayette Commissioner
> Robert Horgan, Fayette Commissioner
> Bill Edwards, Fulton Commissioner
> Ronnie Chance, State Senator
> Mike McGraw, Candidate U. S. Congress
> Mike McGraw's campaign also wrote me to ask if anyone would like to
> help with their campaign in the coming days - Call Vince Farley at
> campaign HQ............770-251-1308
> Your Neighbor,
October 30, 2006
Good Morning Neighbor:Many of you may already know that another preliminary health study has been published with regard to the illness caused by PSC in our area. While this study primarily focuses on the odorant Propyl Mercaptan, it does prove that we have been ill and it alludes to an upcoming more extensive study which hopefully will begin to look into our exposure to Ethoprop. I have enclosed the report below for your own viewing.Also, in light of this report, I will be contacting Representative Virgil Fludd to ask him to gather the various government agencies to once again meet with our citizens and answer any questions that we may have with regard to the status of the plant's closure and our health concerns.Have a great Monday!!Connie