I was very disheartened to read the recent submittal (see: “My Moment of Delirious Schadenfreude”) in a village chat-room of a former member of the Board of Trustees for Croton, Georgianna Grant. Simply amazed actually, at the fact that a former Trustee, a once-elected official, elected to an office to protect their constituents, apparently took no time or effort to research Construction Demolition Debris issues.
Or the reputations of people who have worked voraciously to influence positive change in the laws pertaining to this issue in their respective states. Pay close attention to the fact that, NO, these changes did not occur by these individuals going to court with the industry, they occurred LEGISLATIVELY which is where you change laws.
Simply put, Ms. Grant made the astonishing claim, among others, that residents in Ohio and Massachusetts have spread “unfounded rumors and half-truths” concerning the waste industry to residents and officials in Croton.
I am going to speak specifically regarding the Ohio issue. We chose to educate individuals and legislators, to the real problems involved with Construction Demolition Debris and worked very hard with governmental agencies such as Ohio Department of Health, Ohio Environmental Agency, USEPA, and the Agency for Toxic Substance Disease Registry in providing testimony, as well as documented case studies to our legislative body. One of the case studies provided were from a landfill that has ties to Regus which some legislators, as well as OEPA, labeled as the poster child for Ohio. Out of these efforts came a monumental improvement in our laws governing Construction Demolition Debris Landfills with HB 397 in January 2006. You see we did our homework!
Former trustee Grant’s claim that Ms. Cudequest and other activists across the country have engaged in a “torrent of abuse, lies and innuendoes about imagined public health hazards”, is just that—baseless. I could say welcome to our world because Urgent Public Health Hazard is exactly what we had. For confirmation, I encourage Ms. Grant to visit www.ourlivescount.org to obtain information from the Agency for Toxic Substance and Disease Registry to confirm that statement.
Or how about her quote of “Officials from those neighboring towns confirm that (Ohio and Massachusetts activists) are equally irresponsible in spreading half truths and unfounded rumors.” I welcome you to contact our public officials, Warren Township Board of Trustees at 330/898-2101 and confirm whether Ms. Grant is accurate in that statement. We have NEVER been irresponsible in spreading half truths and unfounded rumors. We have always provided appropriate documentation.
Additionally, Ms. Grant questioned: “Why are they so consumed with trash and trash hauling? Are they part of a “mob” working to eliminate competition by closing down competitors? If so, I’d love to know by whom and what they are being paid.”
Visiting the aforementioned Our Lives Count web page will show what our motivation was. I know that if I were a Croton resident I would be asking what could possibly be former Trustee Grant’s motivation in publishing such comments, and why she would utilize a word such as “mob”? Any elected official who would place profit over the health and safety of their constituents SHOULD NOT be an elected official in my book—or should never have been an elected official.
I welcome this Trustee or anyone else to become educated to the real issues here. And as far as Ms. Grant’s statement categorizing the citizens of Warren as “like-minded mavericks”, I can live with that. The real question, however, is this: Can Croton residents live with what their officials, former and current, are doing with respect with Regus?
— Debbie Roth, President, Our Lives Count, Inc.