Punish Lead Smelter for Poisoning Local Community

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Target: Zak Covar, Executive Director of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

Goal: Fine lead smelter for violating environmental laws and order a clean-up of areas affected by the pollution.

While it’s common knowledge that lead ingestion can lead to serious health problems over time, protecting yourself from the poisonous effects of lead isn’t always as simple as replacing pipes and paint. When corporations pollute wildly without thought of the negative effects on their surrounding environment, they jeopardize the health of citizens who thought they were living safe, lead-free lives. That’s exactly what happened to residents of Frisco, Texas when a lead smelter irresponsibly dumped lead waste and buried hazardous materials throughout the region surrounding the facility.

For the 50 years that it remained in operation, the Exide lead smelter operated without thinking of how the byproducts of its business would affect the regional environment or the health of local residents. Even more alarmingly, the Environmental Protection Agency has shown little regard for the facility’s numerous violations of the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, and the Resource and Conservation Recovery Act. While the smelter recently shut down operations, no efforts have been made to fine the company for breaking environmental law, nor has any organization made plans to clean the area of deadly lead waste.

Residents of Frisco need to know that they can raise their children in a neighborhood with clean, safe air and water. Exide must be held accountable for their horrendous crimes against their community and the environment. Tell the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to fine the company and decontaminate the area immediately so future generations can enjoy a safe, lead-free neighborhood.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Covar,

For the 50 years that it remained in operation, the Exide lead smelter in Frisco, Texas wreaked havoc on its surrounding environment and residential community. Reports show that reckless and irresponsible waste disposal has resulted in deadly levels of lead in and around Frisco. The company has violated numerous environmental laws, yet no fines have been levied and no clean-up plans have been laid by any entity.

The Environmental Protection Agency has repeatedly ignored the situation in Frisco despite the serious health hazards posed by the area’s lead levels. It’s time you stood up for the people of Frisco. More than 38,000 children call this community home, and each and every one of them deserves to live without health complications brought on by ingesting lead in their drinking water. I implore you to punish Exide and rid Frisco of the deadly pollution that the company repeatedly caused.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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