Target: Frisco Unleaded and Downwinders at Risk
Goal: Hold industrial manufacturer accountable for lack of harmful waste cleanup
Citizens in the city of Frisco, Texas have recently issued notice of a lawsuit to Exide corporate representatives and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), citing the need for the company to clean up the community they destroyed by dumping lead and other hazardous waste. The city recently received a favorable ruling stating that the 48 year-old Exide smelter facility would be closing its doors and ceasing operations by the end of the year. However, neither the EPA nor local environmental officials made any reference to cleanup projects that would be taking place to restore the area back to a safe and secure environment.
Citizens in the group cite the EPA for failure to enforce violations of the Clean Water and Air Acts, as well as the Resource and Conservation Recovery Act. The Exide facility was issued dozens of violations dating back to 2009, but no fines or cleanup orders have been issued since the original hearing occurred. The Downwinders at Risk group partnered with Frisco Unleaded to file the suit, saying that they want to ensure past environmental violations will be addressed, and to ensure that future cleanup efforts at the plant are conducted in a way that limits contamination to the surrounding communities.
Because of the EPA’s nonchalance about the Exide facility and the public health risk that it represents, the citizens of Frisco, Texas have banded together in an attempt to ensure the safe restoration of their polluted environment. Sign this petition and tell Frisco Unleaded and Downwinders at Risk that you stand with them in their attempts to hold the company accountable for their hazardous waste and ensure a cleaner and healthier future for Frisco.
Dear Frisco Unleaded and Downwinders at Risk,
When a company pollutes the air and water around its facilities, that company should be held responsible for cleanup of the local environment. While the EPA remains silent about damage done to the local community by the Exide smelter, a group of brave citizens decided to stand up and say that the company’s past crimes would not go unpunished. By teaming together and citing the numerous violations that Exide has received in regards to the illegal dumping of hazardous materials, you stand as the community entity that will hold the polluting company accountable for the last ten years of damage.
Because of your actions, others in the international community will hopefully also be able to find a way to stand up to environmental crimes and speak out against those companies that care more about profit than they do about creating a sustainable environment. Thank you for standing up to Exide and ensuring that they are held accountable for their crimes. You have a very large community of citizens that support you.
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