Mar 11: Letter to Georgia-Pacific: Pollution is damaging the neighborhood

Barbara Wood suffers from bronchiectasis, a severe respiratory disorder which is partially caused by inhaling toxic substances.

COLUMBUS -- "The unhealthy environmental climate created by the pollution has resulted in compellingly significant damage to health and property within the neighborhood. On a personal note, following the explosion in 1997, my home received substantial structural damage; my back yard was blighted, in that a fruit tree and pine trees withered and subsequently died. The plants in the vegetable garden were covered with patches of grayish and white nodules making them totally inedible. Most tragic for me however was the untimely death of my two dogs due to cancer of the spleen and multiple myeloma respectively; this was attributed to their constant exposure to toxic agents in my backyard," Barbara Wood, Columbus resident, letter to Jim Hannan, CEO of the Georgia-Pacific Corporation.

Feb 15: Dear Georgia-Pacific: Please err on the side of health and safety

Sarah Ortman COLUMBUS -- "No one is asking Georgia-Pacific to close this plant -- most of us use your paper products every day and do not want t o deny your company the opportunity to continue to run a profitable business. We just want you to seriously consider the health of Columbus residents and clean up this plant the way you would want it to be if your own children and grandchildren were going to be living next door. If there is even the slightest belief in your mind that the chemicals being dumped into the huge wastewater pit might not be good for the health of those living near this Georgia-pacific plant in Columbus, then PLEASE err on the side of health and safety," Sarah Ortman, Columbus area resident, February 9 letter to James Hannan, CEO of Georgia-Pacific.

Jan 15: 15,000 letters to Georgia-Pacific

COLUMBUS -- "Neighbors in Central Ohio have written 15,580 letters to David Mason, plant manager of Georgia-Pacific, as of January 15, 2008. The letters urge Georgia-Pacific to close its toxic waste pit and replace it with an up-to-date wastewater treatment facility. To date, Georgia-Pacific hasnít replied to the letters. On January 13, 2008, a neighbor in Clintonville wrote, 'Next year you will have reached four decades of using the pit to get rid of your waste from your company. Do you keep your car this long? Do you have any technology equipment older than your pit? I am guessing the answer is no. The reason being is because you want the newest latest best-performing equipment. Wouldnít you agree that the residents in the nearby neighborhood also deserve the best and latest technology?' Georgia-Pacificís toxic wastewater pit that holds hazardous air pollutants like phenol, methanol and formaldehyde is still open. Unlined and not covered, this pit has been a source of air pollution for decades," Leontien Kennedy, Columbus area Program Director, Ohio Citizen Action.

Jan 8: Letter to Georgia-Pacific: "Do the right thing"

COLUMBUS -- "Am I to understand this correctly? You manage a plant that has a very large, open-air toxic waste pit? I have a great deal of trouble believing that bacteria are capable of metabolizing formaldehyde and like components into safe compounds. It is the sort of proposal that sounds nice and organic if you say it fast. Instead, I favor Ohio Citizen Action's contention that that the atmosphere above the pit is pretty noxious. It seems to me that your plant plays a role in Ohio's pathetic excuse for air quality... Please point to the pile of letters, lobby your shareholders for a little bit of patience regarding their returns, and do the right thing. And do it well, " Margaret, Columbus resident, letter to Georgia-Pacific Plant Manager David Mason, Jr.

Jan 2: South Side waste pond still vocally opposed

COLUMBUS -- "An environmental advocacy group says it won’t give up on its campaign to get rid of a 2-million gallon waste pond on the South Side. Starting in March, Ohio Citizen Action members and volunteers distributed about 1,100 yard signs reading, “Georgia Pacific. CLOSE THE PIT”. The signs, an August protest and written pleas from area pastors have not changed the minds of company and state officials who say the waste pond at the resin plant poses no threat to nearby homeowners. The pond uses bacteria to break down resin-making chemicals, including phenol and methanol," Spencer Hunt, Columbus Dispatch. Story originally published December 30, 2007.

Older news: July 2007 - Dec 2007, 1997- June 2007

Leontien Kennedy
Ohio Citizen Action
(614) 487-7880

neighbors have sent handwritten letters and petitions urging Georgia-Pacific to be a good neighbor, as of January 15, 2008.

Response to neighbors' letters from Georgia-Pacific.

neighbors have sent handwritten letters to Jim Hannon, Georgia-Pacific's CEO in Atlanta, Georgia, as of February 12, 2008.

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