Brockovich Investigator Responds to EPA, MPCA Fridley Meeting Claims
Erin Brockovich's environmental investigator, Bob Bowcock, responded point-by-point to claims made by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Minnesota Pollution Control Agency about the Fridley town hall meeting.
Last week Minnesota and federal pollution-control officials made public a document responding point-by-point to 13 claims and criticisms made at Erin Brockovich's June 27, 2012, meeting at Fridley High School.
In a new response (see PDF document above), Bob Bowcock, Brockovich's environmental investigator, responds to the claims made by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Also included is a PDF of an archived EPA web page, provided by Bowcock, in support of his claim that at one time the FMC Corp. "received the highest Hazard Ranking System (HRS) score of all sites on the National Priorities List (NPL)."
The document released by government officials last week claims Bowcock had said that "Minnesota/Fridley has the No. 1 Superfund site according to the federal listing." At the town hall meeting Bowcock was clear that the No. 1 designation was no longer current.
The archived web page was live on the EPA's site as late as September 2011 but has since been changed, with information both added and removed.
In an email message, Bowcock described the EPA/MPCA reaction to Brockovich's Fridley town hall meeting as "messy."
"I don't think I have ever been so disappointed in our government," he wrote. "What's going on that they think they need to practice such deception?"