Monday, May 12, 2008

Criminal Charges?

Good Morning Neighbor:

Below is an article of interest and something that should be well thought out by our State Legislature.  The EPD needs to have an arm of criminal enforcement  - it has none at this time.  It can only fine companies that are not in compliance.  And, the PSC fine of $100,000 was the largest fine ever given to an industry in the State of Georgia.  However, we know this does little for a company that is sitting on billions of dollars.  

With regard to PSC, Derrick Williams of the EPD informed me not long ago that a plan for the removal of the solidification pit was to be submitted by May 1 so I have requested an update on the status of the removal.  Also, our Task Force has requested over and over again that a team of government officials and community leaders be allowed to be a part of the closing of PSC to give assurance of their proper cleanup but our request has been refused.  The clear message is that an industry can poison a community without being answerable to that community.  The voice and the power of the citizen and communities across Georgia must be restored and we will continue to push to make that happen.  

Your neighbor,


Constance Thomas Biemiller, Chair
South Fulton and Fayette Community Task Force

As Margaret Mead once said:

Never underestimate the power of a few committed people to change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

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