Tuesday, January 29, 2013
All are welcome at two information sessions, 1–3 p.m. and 6–8 p.m., hosted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which is helping form a Community Advisory Group in Fridley.
Wednesday is your chance to learn all about the Community Advisory Group (CAG) forming to address concerns about polluted Superfund sites in Fridley. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is hosting two sessions on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013 in Room 109 at Fridley Community Center: Here is how the EPA describes what will happen at the informational sessions: The workshop will give people a thorough overview of the CAG formation process. CAGs give interested people an opportunity to participate in EPA’s Superfund process to clean up hazardous waste areas. At these upcoming sessions, EPA staff will provide information on how to form a CAG and choose its members. CAG membership is voluntary and participants should be willing to serve …
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Online resource follows announcement of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency citizens advisory group for Fridley-area polluted sites.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a new website dedicated to polluted Superfund in and around Fridley. Fridley Area Superfund Sites includes a map of the polluted sites, an outline of the citizen advisory group (CAG) process started last week, and links to individual EPA web pages on these Superfund sites:
Thursday, November 15, 2012
She explained why Fridley is getting an EPA Citizens Advisory Group—and what could keep a January meeting from happening.
The announcement that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would create a Citizens Advisory Committee (CAG) for Fridley's polluted Superfund sites came from Nefertiti DiCosmo in the EPA's Chicago Superfund office. Fridley Patch interviewed DiCosmo by email. Patch: Why is the EPA forming a CAG in Fridley now? What prompted it, and why hasn't there been one in the past (if there hasn't)? A couple citizens met with staff from Minnesota's U.S. senators on Nov. 1. Did that meeting spark the formation of the CAG? Nefertiti DiCosmo: EPA helps interested members of a community form a Community Advisory Groups or CAGs at the request of the community.* Not all sites or communities will need or want a CAG. In the case of Fridley, members of…
He credited the Fridley Cancer Cluster group on Facebook for "postive outcome' of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency forming advisory group on polluted sites.
Fridley Mayor Scott Lund joined local voices responding to news the the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is forming a Citizens Advisory Group on polluted Superfund sites in the city. Mayor Lund's reaction, by email Thursday (link added): I think it is great! And long overdue as it is one of the mandates and requirements of the EPA to inform the public. Involving citizens and creating an open form will go a long way to inform citizens especially on an important topic that has been on many peoples minds of late. This is another positive outcome undoubtedly of the facebook cancer cluster. Their voice is being heard. Another elected official, state Rep.-elect Connie Bernardy, told Minnesota Public Radio: It seemed like there was a lot of …
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Fridley Cancer Cluster Facebook page members, MN Pollution Control Agency, Erin Brockovich investigator responded to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency move.
People around Fridley reacted to the announcement Tuesday that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will form a citizens advisory group focused on the city's polluted Superfund sites. "Fridley Cancer Cluster" Facebook group founder Jason McCarty was first to comment on state Rep.-elect Connie Bernardy's post with the news of the EPA' announcement: "Can I get a hell yes on this?" "Traction is starting to occur...this is another great development," responded Don Roux. "Our baby steps are getting bigger!!!" wrote Jenny Terway Petersen. McCarty teased Nov. 2 that good news was coming and credited "headway" from a Nov. 1 meeting between group members and staffers from the offices of U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken. (Neither senate …
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Federal agency wants to focus local volunteers on city's polluted Superfund sites.
Fridley will get renewed federal attention to its polluted Superfund sites in 2013, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Tuesday. The EPA is forming a Community Advisory Group (CAG) in Fridley—the agency's way of creating a "public forum for community members to present and discuss their needs and concerns related to the Superfund decision-making process." See also: Information about the group from State Rep.-elect Connie Bernardy (DFL-Fridley): Fridley-Area Superfund Sites Community Advisory Group (CAG) If you are interested, I hope you to take the opportunity to get involved in this important environmental issue in our community. Sign up for a community interview, attend the informational meeting about how the …
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
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…
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Joint MN Pollution Control Agency-U.S. Environmental Protection Agency document aims to refute 13 claims and criticisms, point by point.
Here is a new document from Minnesota and federal pollution-control officials, responding point-by-point to 13 claims and criticisms made at Erin Brockovich's June 27, 2012, meeting in Fridley. Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials attended a July 19 meeting at the Minnesota Capitol, where they distributed this document.