Clean Up Toxic Waste to Build New Park

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Target: Jeremy Starritt, City of Frisco Environmental Services Manager

Goal: Clean up the toxic waste flowing into Frisco’s creek so a new park can safely be built for the residents to enjoy.

A new 275-acre park in a tranquil region of Texas sounds like a great idea, right? Unfortunately, toxic waste in the area has tainted an otherwise environmentally-sound plan. The property in Frisco, Texas that is east of Legacy and north of Stonebrook Parkway is home to one of the largest toxic waste dumps in the region. Although the city’s vision of a sustainable green space is certainly commendable, the toxic waste must be cleaned up to move forward with plans for the park. Demand cleanup efforts that are in line with acceptable industry standards so that the Frisco, Texas park can be safely built for all to enjoy.

The creek that feeds into Frisco’s park project just happens to be 500 feet from, and also downstream from, one of the area’s largest toxic waste dumps. The former Exide battery recycling plant sits directly next to the proposed park. Although this plant was shut down last year, it still has a great amount of toxic lead residue to clean up.

According to activist Jim Schermbeck, who is part of the local environmental group, Downwinders at Risk, “We just want to make sure it’s a safe place for kids to play, and so far, the City of Frisco is pretending that is not a problem.” The City of Frisco argues that the toxic mess is being cleaned up, but it still doesn’t meet acceptable industry standards. Sign the below petition to urge the city to clean up the plant in line with industry standards so that residents can safely enjoy a new green space.

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PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Starritt,

I commend your city for its plan to build a beautiful green space with 275 acres of unused land in your area. However, we must ensure that this land is safe for our families and residents to play on. The former Exide battery recycling plant must be cleaned up before any plans to build the park move forward. Otherwise, toxic waste will inevitably feed into the creek that the park will rely upon for its water source and human, animal, and plant life will be affected.

I am urging you to push forward with toxic waste cleanup efforts at the former Exide battery recycling plant so that the area meets the acceptable industry standards. Once these standards are met, the park plans should swiftly move forward so that the residents of Frisco have a beautiful new green space to enjoy.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: K. Latham via Flickr

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