Target: Akron Mayor Donald L. Plusquellic,
Goal: To convince the Akron government to investigate the abnormal number of environmental illnesses in a local neighborhood.
The residential neighborhood of Castle Homes has held a dubious distinction over the past thirty years. Within this neighborhood the incidence of many diseases such as cancer, fibromyalgia, Crohn’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and chronic fatigue syndrome have occurred at a rate far greater than average. These are just a few of the many “unexplained” illnesses that plague Castle Homes.
While no specific cause has yet been found, there has been considerable doubt cast upon the environmental safety of the nearby US EPA Superfund Site “Summit Equipment & Supplies” within Akron. A lake near the superfund site that had been reported as having no PCB (a toxic chemical) concerns just three years later had to have 492 cubic yards of sand removed because it contained high levels of PCB. This same office that had declared the lake clean has been responsible for investigating the safety of Castle Homes. The Region 5 EPA office responsible has shown to be a proven investigative failure and as such its findings cannot be trusted.
Adding to the problematic analysis of the area is the unabashed support of the largest newspaper in the area, the Akron Beacon Journal, which took it upon itself to publish a large ad from the EPA that directly contradicted the situation as has been witnessed by a great number of Castle Homes citizens over the past 30 years. This support does nothing to help the issue but rather confuses it to anyone not overtly witnessing the elevated disease levels.
An investigation independent of the Region 5 EPA office must be conducted to ascertain why there is such an increase in disease in the area, as well as if Region 5 has been negligent in its own inquiries into the matter, otherwise uninformed individuals will continue to move to the area and grow ill without any forewarning.
Dear Mayor Plusquellic,
It is unfortunate when a community cannot trust the powers that are tasked with protecting it; however this is the case with those living in the residential neighborhood of Castle Homes. Here in this blue-collar Akron neighborhood its citizens have been suffering from a tremendously increased incidence of disease. These diseases are not simple inconveniences but instead are of the serious and even life threatening variety. These diseases include cancer, fibromyalgia, Crohn’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and chronic fatigue syndrome and have occurred at an elevated frequency in Castle Homes for the past thirty years. These, among other diseases, have to date remained unexplained.
The competency of the organization responsible for investigating the problems in Castle Homes is extremely questionable however. The Region 5 EPA office, which is tasked with any environmental issues in this area, has proven to be unreliable at best. Three years in the past the same office reported that an Akron lake was free of any PCB contamination despite its proximity to the US EPA Superfund Site “Summit Equipment & Supplies”. Now that same lake has had to witness 492 cubic yards of sand need to be removed due to high levels of PCB.
The endorsement of the local newspaper in running a full page advertisement by the EPA does nothing but obscure the truth– that far too many people are growing ill in Castle Homes. A detailed investigation needs to be conducted by a party other than the Region 5 EPA office to examine what is happening in this neighborhood. Thirty years of increased disease is not a coincidence, something is wrong in Castle Homes and must be found before countless more residents become ill.
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