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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 responding point-by-point to 13 claims and criticisms made at at .

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 At the town hall meeting Bowcock was clear that the No. 1 designation was no longer current.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?"

jeff loven August 01, 2012 at 08:40 AM
You'd think there would be a protocol in place whereby a resident could petition to have (soil vapor) testing done and get the proper remediation underway via the EPA, MPCA along with the city where you are living.
jeff loven August 02, 2012 at 07:43 AM
I am pleased to report that I will be having my property tested for a number of contaminants. If I show an exposure I will have appropriate remediation measures taken and also move away from Fridley. The EPA has access to monies to appropriate for projects like the recent testing for TCE contamination and vapor mitigation systems they installed in 41 homes in 2008 in St Louis Park with no costs to the homeowners. A person from the MDH has shared with me that (they feel) I would need to identify a responsible polluter to go after them for $ and that even then I would only stand a "slim chance in Hell as they would come at me in court with both guns ablazing". The MDH should know that it is not a citizen's responsibilty to find responsible polluters-that is someone else's job.

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