Silver Valley Action
December - 

Anne Daley, EPA Region Ten staff person assigned for a number of years to the Bunker Hill Superfund site cleanup made a rare phone call to the SVCRC office this am. It was not clear what her intent was for the call it had to do something with SVCRC and its members to be made aware of Region Ten opening the Record of Decision for the upper CDA Basin . Record of Decision is a plan for cleanup that EPA is mandated to collect affected citizen input for before becoming a final document.

 

Over the years SVCRC has provided on numerous occasions documentation and input for Record of Decisions in order to assist Region Ten with a quality cleanup. Needless to say the input has been ignored except for Region Ten being able to use the information on their behalf and present to the National office and Congress that they did their part in order to receive millions and millions of dollars for cleanup to protect human health!

 

I presumed Region Ten was once again working to get SVCRC to do their work for them and she stated that all she was doing was trying to protect human health! Perhaps this was an instance where the right hand did not know what the left hand was doing in Region Ten regarding affected citizens and human health that is being ignored in the epicenter of the Bunker Hill Superfund site.

 

Take into consideration the perpetual pollution opportunity with the establishment of the Old Mission Repository in which more than 2000 citizens first learned not by Region Ten EPA but SVCRC and EPA/IDEQ is ignoring. There are only about a half million citizens who are going to be exposed to downstream pollution forever unless the repository is stopped. Plans to build more repositories are in line by EPA against the wishes of affected citizens who attended summer and fall meetings in the upper basin and were told by Andy Mork that they were going to be built no matter what the public wanted!

 

Giving her the benefit of doubt my comment was that SVCRC would be interested in participating with input for the reopening of the ROD work plan for the Upper Basin if EPA would consider a moratorium of the Old Mission Repository and future repositories in the area. Her comment was, "I am not going to do that" the end of the discussion.

 

Knowing that EPA negotiated for a second rate cleanup years ago that was influenced by the polluters and special interests the collusion and human exploitation of humans and abuse of taxpayers money still goes on in spite of every effort of good faith put forth by affected citizens SVCRC to speak out and work with the agencies for a better cleanup, one that will address human health of families now and for the future!   


November  - 

Dump site opens over residents' objections

SVCRC outraged with Congressman Minnick's response to Old Mission Repository meeting
Kellogg, ID-- Today the SVCRC office received word from by a letter sent by Marie Hattaway of Idaho Congressman Walt Minnick's office regarding the recent request by citizens and groups opposing the 20 acre toxic waste site to hold a public meeting of all affected citizens was turned down. The request for the public meeting is supported by the OIG's office who undertook the original investigation of the site as well as CERCLA law.

More than 500,000 individuals who live within the boundaries of the 1500 sq. mile Bunker Hill/CDA Basin Superfund are not being given accurate information pertaining to EPA Region Ten and IDEQ's building of a 600,000 cubic yard repository. The location runs parallel to Interstate 90 is in a well documented floodplain that arsenic pollution of groundwater has already been detected, sacred ancestral grounds and a large natural wetland at the Old Mission State Park overpass.

More than 2000 individuals and other groups have come forward including Center for Justice, CD'A Tribe, Kootenai Env. Alliance, Sierra Club, Eastside Road District and public officials including Mayor Larkin, Post Falls once SVCRC members first began to learn about the site. Many other individuals and groups outside the Old Mission area have also called for this project to be abandoned. "Until someone lives in a community that has been so badly devastated and suppressed as those living in the epicenter of one of the nations largest Superfund sites, it is difficult to understand the importance of affected citizens being properly informed and speaking out", says Dr. Bob Colonna, consultant for SVCRC. "We believe the actions taken by EPA to not hold meetings for the public is deliberate and that Congressman Minnick has the best interests of his constituency in focus".

CERCLA law that directs Superfund and cleanups calls for community involvement and not just 9 people who Region Ten originally contacted several years ago. A recent open house where only 2 affected citizens showed up was an indication of the limited outreach and distrust individuals have of the agencies. Several attempts have been made to correct the erroneous information given to the OIG pertaining to community involvement for the investigation they conducted this past summer.

"I am outraged that Congressman Minnick is not seeing the abuse of taxpayers money and the ongoing exploitation of families of children that is taking place in the Superfund site", Gayle Eversole a SVCRC member, "and I don't even live there".

Facts relating to leaching causing perpetual toxic mine waste including lead, arsenic, antimony, and mercury will occur if the repository is established. As will human health risk exposure. Already public signs along the downstream river and lakes warn of the dangers associated with the pollution. This past summer many people who were speaking out against the Old Mission (EMF) repository kept EPA and IDEQ busy. The two agencies reacted in identifying new repositories in the Silver Valley. At least 75 more potential sites for downstream pollution are now listed. SVCRC members asked Andy Mork of IDEQ why the Mission site was chosen, his response was "because it is convenient". At meetings where future repositories are being discussed by EPA and IDEQ specifically in Osborn Idaho, citizens showed up to voice their opposition, IDEQ let them know they were going to establish the repositories whether people opposed them or not.

Calls to Congressman Minnick, 208-667-0127, 202-225-6611, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, 202-564-4700 by all those living downstream demanding a public meeting of all citizens in the site is imminent. Working together communities and children's health will be restored and protected.

Anyone or group wanting more information about the facts associated with the Old Mission Repository and why it is important to stop the it can contact SVCRC, 208-784-8891, www.silvervalleyaction.com and the other groups involved.

"It's important that other communities realize the long term problems they will face if they do not have the opportunity to learn about and stop the Old Mission toxic repository", said a SVCRC spokesperson.


Bank of America Supports Lead Health Project - SVCRC wishes to thank the local Bank of America branch for its recent donation to the Lead Health Project.

Rotary Supports SVCRC  -  SVCRC Executive Director Barbara Miller recently received a donation for the Lead Health Project from the Post Falls Rotary.  Thank you to the Rotary for this needed support. 

EPA Abuses Sacred Lands Elsewhere  

"Our tribal officials and cultural leaders must unit to address the massive fraud by the US so-called Premier lead Enviornmental Protection Agency, who has been the fox garding the henhouse. 

As I stated before 7,000 cubic yards of Pre-historic and historic cultural resources were destroyed becase US EPA Superfund refused to comply with Section 106 Historic perservation laws, they stated that they this federal agency doesn't have to comply with FEDERAL LAW! 

I have a power point presentation outlining this direct violation. according to archaeologist we have a 50 million dollar law suite, against the EPA, but they are putting presure on our tribal  officals to resolve this legal case under the table! 

At that time I was the Tribal Administrator who blew the whistle and was fired when I exposed that they were paying our tribal Chairman as a Site Manager- under the table- and when they needed a support letter he was obligated to provide it to them. 

The Chairman
was later recalled by the Tribe, but I never received my job back and had to find other employment. 

I feel that we need to call for the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs to conduct regional hearings for tribes and tradtional leaders to provide testimony! "All My Relations" "  sent by a Pomo Elder.

Just a reminder - In spite of ongoing discussions with SVCRC members and knowledge of at least 80 potential repository sites in the upper basin identified by EPA Region X and IDEQ the Mission location was selected "because it was convenient", said Andy Mork of IDEQ and Angela Chung of EPA Region X.

Desecration of sacred Native American ancestral grounds and destruction of wildlife throughout the area is of major concern to many who are opposing the location. The known fact that arsenic has already been found in water near the repository, as reported by the Spokesman Review's Becky Kramer on September 29 does not seem to be of concern to the agencies. 

October 22 - 

URGENT

Destruction to build the Old Mission Repository is taking place!

There is still time to stop the perpetual pollution that will take place over the next decade. 

The OIG's office stated that a public meeting would be justified.

Calls are needed into Congressman Minnick's North Idaho office, 
to get Region X EPA to hold for a public meeting.

There are more than a half million people living in the Superfund site that have never been told about the Old Mission Repository and its ability to perpetuate pollution and future exposure! 

CERCLA LAW mandates public involvement, not just the 9 people who live in the Cataldo area that EPA contacted.

This is not just a Silver Valley problem any more.

Downstreamers need to take notice and take action right away!

Call Congressman Walt Minnick, 208-667-0127

don't waste any time, call as soon as possible..... 

Forward this flyer to everyone you know, 
hundreds of people and the future of our communities and families are at risk.

September 30 - The Silver Valley Community Resource Center, the grassroots, non-profit organization that has been the voice of thousands of affected citizens living in the 1500 square mile Bunker Hill Superfund site learned on September 28 that EPA's Mathy Stanislaus had given his OK to begin dumping millions of tons of toxic waste at the Old Mission Repository. 

Stanislaus' decision seems to have sidestepped the Office of Inspector General's critical analysis of the site, while Region X EPA and Idaho DEQ continue to ignore ongoing requests for scientific data confirming safety of the EMF site. 

Affected citizens have come forward to express opposition to the site and violations of CERCLA law specific to community involvement. Almost anywhere else in the United States where more than 2000 individuals speak out to oppose such a location would have been enough to call a halt to this decision.

"Isolation, poverty and oppression helped make the area the largest Superfund site. Unfortunately, even though citizens have provided data and are supposedly protected by the law, the same factors associated with vulnerable populations are continuing ongoing exclusion of their participation," said Bob Colonna, a consultant for the Kellogg organization.

Only recently, through the persistence of the organization's members, have citizens living in the epicenter of the Bunker Hill site won the ability to speak out. These efforts have helped expose severe civil rights violations along with repercussions imposed by special interests and agencies including EPA.

The cycle, which began in 1983 with EPA, the State of Idaho and known polluters negotiating for a sub-standard cleanup, was brought full circle with Stanislaus' decision. Ref: Analysis of the Three Main Containment Areas at the Bunker Hill Superfund site,  Dr. Joel Hirschhorn, Ph.D, TAG Technical Advisor, Oct. 20, 1998.
Escalation of downstream pollution and increased human health risk is inevitable as toxic waste is dumped at the Old Mission Repository. This is just another example of continuing exploitation of people and the environment in this area by EPA; Idaho's Department of Environmental Quality; Idaho Department of Health and Welfare; Panhandle Health District; elected, public and private officials.
SVCRC has paved the way for affected citizens to speak out. Each and every person living in the site, or anyone who visits, plans to travel and recreate in North Idaho or Eastern Washington is going to be at risk with the dumping at the Mission Repository.

SVCRC members will now act to initiate an intensive educational campaign to enlighten local, regional and national communities to the increased potential for lead and heavy metal exposure in the nation's largest Superfund site.

Analysis of the Three Main Containment Areas at the Bunker Hill Superfund site, Dr. Joel Hirschhorn, Ph.D, TAG Technical Advisor, Oct. 20, 1998

In spite of ongoing discussions with SVCRC members and knowledge of at least 80 potential repository sites in the upper basin identified by EPA Region X and IDEQ the Mission location was selected "because it was convenient", said Andy Mork of IDEQ and Angela Chung of EPA Region X.

Desecration of sacred Native American ancestral grounds and destruction of wildlife throughout the area is of major concern to many who are opposing the location. The known fact that arsenic has already been found in water near the repository, as reported by the Spokesman Review's Becky Kramer on September 29 does not seem to be of concern to the agencies. 

August 6,
Historic landmark vs. the EPA

For Immediate Release
September 30, 2009
Contact Persons: 
Susan Mitchell,
208-682-3514
Bob Colonna, 510-909-6524

Kellogg, ID - EPA Sides with Polluters Once Again in approving dumping of tons of toxic waste at the Old Mission Repository, East Mission Flats 

The ONLY way to fight stigma is to speak openly, Nelson Mandela  

SVCRC raises concerns regarding the Old Mission Repository 


Office of the Inspector General: 
Report on the East Mission Flats Repository.
 

Please save all your empty Frito-Lay bags and mail them to or drop them off at the SVCRC office.


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