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Monday, November 28, 2011

Florida Department of Environmental Protection Ignores Environment Yet Again

Florida Department of Environmental Protection … Ignores Environment Again

We recall how the EPA took control of the asbestos pulverizing and burying from the FDEP due to their incompetence and negligence and complicity in the violation of the Clean Air Act. We also recall how the FDEP summarily ignored City of Marco Island's pumping toxic effluent into the waterways … until the EPA told them to issue a Notice of Violation.

Hey, guess what? The FDEP is at it again doing what they do best … ignoring environmental contamination. This one near central Florida …

Howdy Randy and Sheriff Benton:

    Randy if you are still working so that sorry outfit DEP, are they and you ready to "dance" again?  Highlands County has a stockpile of ASR (Automotive Shredder Residue) bigger than the Highlands County Government Center out at the Arbuckle Creek Landfill.  I am informed by a very reliable source that the pile is NOT over a liner, has no retaining ponds, no testing of runoff, no testing of groundwater except for the landfill monitoring wells, and Monitoring Well # 20 is showing high results for lead and other heavy metals. I can send some sampling analysis results, but I suspect somebody down in Ft. Myers already has them.

    So, if the DEP response is to send good ole Bill Krumholtz up here to sweep the ASR pile under the rug or into the landfill and then look the other way on possible violations, you might want to think again.  I'm sending the Highlands County Sheriff, her Chief Deputy and the Atlanta EPA a copy of this email.  Any or all are welcome to request further documentation.   You think DEP might send in the "DEP SWAT Team" (Special Way's (to) Avoid Truth) led by you?  It's a good thing I'm not the sarcastic, SOB I was a couple of years ago, right? ;-)

    Let me know what you need for details or documentation.  DEP might try the old Native American (Indian) trick of "checking for themselves" a/k/a "investigating".   

    Should anybody ask... I'm making this complaint to benefit the health and safety of Highland's County Commissioner Barbara Stewart's mother, who is supposed to live out in Lorida.  Documentation of the stockpile already exists, so it will do the County no good to deny it, nor will trying to landfill the ASR pile do them any good, it will just use up more landfill space for another hare brained scheme cooked up down in Ft. Myers.... 

    Oh ya... Happy Thanksgiving to all.... Stay tuned, more to come.... (See what this cool weather brings?)

    PHC

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  • It was a load of you know what then and now. He wants to be a lawyer but some reading of local reports last year may prove interesting as to his crediability on about anything. He still does have a clue that the asbestoes problem wasn't one except in his mind. He does have one record. When he ran for office he got the lowest tally ever or darn close to it. He write here because the local papers don't put much stock in what he says it would seem.
    That landfill by the way has a natural hardpan. Maybe he'll look that up some day too.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Tuesday, December 27, 2011 11:48:00 PM  

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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Rony Joel Lawsuit Activity

Amended Motion to Dismiss has been filed. The amended motion incorporates a recent ruling from a Florida appellate court.


CLICK HERE FOR AMENDED MOTION TO DISMISS

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

More EPA Documents Requested

Here we go again ... let's see what this batch reveals ...

ms. cody
unites states environmental protection agency
november 15, 2011

pursuant to our conversation of today, please let the following clarify my request for information under the foia as submitted:

1. all documents/information/objects related in any way whatsoever with the city of marco island florida and/or arnon joel (aka rony joel) from August 2008 to the present. august 2008 is AFTER and OUTSIDE OF the time period covered by my previous request that was settled in the foia case. hence this aspect of my request has NOTHING TO DO WITH THE FOIA CASE. despite the fact that the case was settled in 2010, the epa REFUSED to provide anything as part of the settlement that was AFTER the original request dated to 2008.

2. all documents/information/objects related in any way whatsoever with the city of marco island florida and/or arnon joel (aka rony joel) from 2003 to july 2005. this before is BEFORE and OUTSIDE OF the time period covered by my previous request that was settled in the foia case. hence this aspect of my request has NOTHING TO DO WITH THE FOIA CASE. despite the fact that the case was settled in 2010, the epa REFUSED to provide anything as part of the settlement that was BEFORE the original request dated from 2005.

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all documents/information/objects related in any way whatsoever with the city of marco island florida and/or arnon joel (aka rony joel) from july 2005 until august 2008 THAT WERE NOT PROVIDED AS PART OF THE FOIA CASE. i have a document, that i will send under separate cover, from the epa stating that the epa would not and did not produce certain documents/information as part of the foia case because of a pending criminal investigation. i am requesting those documents/information that WERE NOT PROVIDED AS PART OF THE FOIA CASE.

the foia request to the epa of last month is exactly as detailed herein especially after my response of november 8, 2011. with this further detail i trust that the epa can comply with the foia request.

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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Neat New Nook

Recently opened just 15 minutes away Marco Island. Peaceful out of the way offering spectacular elevated views of the Sea of Grass.

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Marco Island Sewer Project at a Global Perspective

Where is the money coming from for the sewer project?

Listen/watch this video - same logic and same exchange between city council, "staff" and the citizens.

And we too are now in debt.


enjoy ...

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Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Basic Human Rights not Applicable on Marco Island

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights does not apply to those that disagree with the local syndicate. For if you do state your opinion or your expression or even state the facts, you get sued, denigrated, besmirched, ridiculed or of course taxed until you shut up and leave.

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Friday, November 04, 2011

EPA Reinstates Toxics Release Inventory Reporting Requirements for Hydrogen Sulfide

Editor's Note: The City of Marco Island released lethal-levels of Hydrogen Sulfide into neighborhoods during the initial phases of the failed STRP. Though the EPA did not require reporting, throughout the non-reporting period the EPA continued to list hydrogen sulfide as a gas that is toxic at microscopic levels and lethal at the levels that the City of Marco Island was releasing. So the City of Marco Island through the City Council, the then Public Works Director, the then City Manager continued to release the toxic gas at lethal levels knowing it was harmful – but just didn't need to report it. Not anymore –

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing that it is reinstating Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) reporting requirements for hydrogen sulfide. This action is part of Administrator Lisa P. Jackson's ongoing efforts to provide Americans with helpful information on chemicals they may encounter in their daily lives.

TRI is a publicly available database that contains information on toxic chemical releases and waste management activities reported annually by certain industries and federal facilities. The purpose of today's action is to better inform the public about toxic chemical releases in their communities and to provide the government with information for research and the potential development of regulations.

Hydrogen sulfide occurs naturally in crude petroleum, natural gas, volcanic gases, and hot springs. It can also result from the breakdown of organic matter, and is produced by human and animal wastes. Hydrogen sulfide can also result from industrial activities, such as food processing, coke ovens, kraft paper mills, tanneries, and petroleum refineries. Individuals living near a wastewater treatment plant, a gas and oil drilling operation, a farm with manure storage or livestock confinement facilities, or a landfill may be exposed to higher levels of hydrogen sulfide.

Hydrogen sulfide was added to the TRI list of toxic chemicals in a final rule published on December 1, 1993. However, on August 22, 1994, EPA suspended the TRI reporting requirements for hydrogen sulfide in order to address issues that were raised by members of the regulated community regarding the information used to support the original listing decision. On February 26, 2010, EPA published a Federal Register document that provided the public with the opportunity to comment on EPA's review of the currently available data on the human health and environmental effects of hydrogen sulfide. After consideration of public comments, EPA has concluded that the reporting requirements for hydrogen sulfide should be reinstated.

This action will be effective for the 2012 TRI reporting year. The first reports for the 2012 TRI reporting year are due from facilities by July 1, 2013.

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