Target: Jon Steverson, Secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Goal: Remove the pipeline that’s dumping toxic waste into the St. John’s River.
One of the most unethical and greedy corporations in the world installed a pipeline that is spewing toxic waste into the heart of a major river, all because the company couldn’t meet water quality standards in its former operation. The extent of the toxicity is unconfirmed, leaving local residents extremely concerned about the consequences of this daily dump of hazardous waste on the environment. The St. John’s River was already experiencing pollution problems, and the addition of the pipeline only adds to those problems.
Georgia-Pacific, a subsidiary of the infamous and destructive Koch Industries, owns a paper mill in Palatka, Fla., which wasn’t meeting water quality standards in disposing of its waste. To combat this, the company proposed to build a pipeline that would funnel the waste into the already troubled St. John’s River, thus reducing the company’s original water pollution problem by spreading the pollution elsewhere. Current Florida Governor Rick Scott and former Governor Jeb Bush were both involved in pushing the pipeline approval through, using misleading and illegal tactics that weren’t transparent with local residents. Also, an experienced engineer and esteemed chemist assisted in a peer review that found that all feasible alternatives to the waste-disposing pipeline had not been thoroughly examined and considered, proving what little concern those responsible for the construction of the pipeline have for Florida’s environment.
By signing the petition below, you will help demand this dangerous pipeline be removed immediately so that it stops poisoning the environment.
Dear Secretary Steverson,
The Georgia-Pacific pipeline is severely harming the environment by spewing toxic waste into the heart of the St. John’s River, all because the company couldn’t meet water quality standards in its former operation. This kind of toxic dumping can have extremely troubling consequences for the environment and the community, and local residents have consistently expressed their concerns. The St. John’s River was already experiencing pollution problems, and the addition of the pipeline just exacerbates these problems. An experienced team found that alternatives to the pipeline had not been thoroughly examined and considered, and this is a huge problem.
I urge you to remove the pipeline in order to save the St. John’s River and the environment, and instead look into safer alternatives for disposing of this toxic waste.
[Your Name Here]
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