Dec 20: Kid's drawing for Georgia-Pacific
Nov 12: Special siren in place
South Side neighborhood to be alerted of any chemical threat
COLUMBUS -- "A siren perched on a pole between a South Side resin factory and a rail yard soon will be able to warn people of something other than tornadoes. The two-tone alarm, which will be tested for about a minute starting at 10 a.m. Tuesday, will warn the Marion-Franklin neighborhood if a spill, derailment or some other industrial emergency shoots a cloud of poisonous chemicals into the air... Georgia-Pacific still faces a public campaign waged by neighbors and an advocacy group, Ohio Citizen Action, over its use of a 2-million-gallon wastewater pond, which uses bacteria to break down chemicals used to make resins," Spencer Hunt, Columbus Dispatch.
Nov 1: Pit fatigue
COLUMBUS -- "That 2 million-gallon biological treatment pond is at the heart of the complaints about Georgia-Pacific’s South Side plant, at 1975 Watkins Road. The lagoon uses bacteria to consume formaldehyde, phenol, methanol and other chemicals before releasing the treated water into the Columbus sewer system. The water isn’t the main concern of Ohio Citizen Action and the neighbors it represents. The air above it is. They contend the chemical wastewater lagoon is creating hazardous air pollution, and they have a court-ordered environmental study to prove it. The Georgia-Pacific folks say the pond is harmless—and they have a clean bill of health from the Ohio EPA, which is allowing them to keep using it," Dan Williamson, The Other Paper.
Oct 19: Kids' drawings for Georgia-Pacific
Oct 3: Drawing for Georgia-Pacific: "Stop polluting our world"
Sep 18: Letter to Georgia-Pacific: "I am sure that you know what is right"
COLUMBUS -- "It is in that same spirit that I implore you to do what you can, in your immediate control and under the given circumstances, to help the lives of your neighbors, in fact and in spirit . . . I am sure that you know what is right. The people are not asking you to move the Plant away! They are just asking for a fundamental change that considers also the God-given lives of those who breathe the polluted air that comes from 'the pit,'" letter dated September 17, 2007, from Pastor Denis Kigozi, St. Thomas the Apostle Church, to David Mason, Plant Manager, Georgia-Pacific Columbus Resin Plant.
Aug 30: Letter to Georgia-Pacific: "I strongly urge you and your company to renovate"
Aug 28: Letter to Georgia-Pacific:
"There is no such thing as a 'safe' level of those chemicals "
Aug 24: Letter to Georgia-Pacific:
"We want our community, especially young children and elders, to live their life as pollution-free as possible"
COLUMBUS -- "I am writing this letter on behalf of myself and the Islamic Society of Greater Columbus. We have been established since 1984 and our community is substantially growing. We want our community especially young children and elders to live their life as pollution free as possible. We understand that Georgia Pacific has stated its intent to be a good neighbor & made a number of important needed changes since 1997 like automation of its resin process and added new safeguards. There still few important things to accomplish especially closing of the toxic pit and an up to date waste water treatment facility.
"We urge Georgia Pacific to accomplish the tasks which are harmful not only to the community but to all the residents of Columbus. Please take this opportunity to correct what should have been corrected long time back. Thank you very much for your time and looking forward to a great future," letter dated August 22, 2007, from Imam Shaik Ahmed Hammouda, Islamic Society of Greater Columbus, to David Mason, Plant Manager, Georgia-Pacific Columbus Resin Plant.
Aug 9: Neighbors, groups fight Georgia-Pacific
They want chemical wastewater pond removed
Aug 3: Neighbors plan action
COLUMBUS -- "Georgia-Pacific needs to hear from the community. The plant manager of Georgia-Pacific, Mr. David Mason, has received 12,196 letters since August 2006, written by neighbors in Central Ohio asking him to close the pit. This pit, or lagoon, refers to an outdated method of wastewater treatment. Hazardous air pollutants are dumped into this pit. Technical experts Henry S. Cole and William M. Auberley, recommend 'that the lagoon, an outmoded disposal method, be closed and replaced with a modern system,'" Leontien Kennedy, Ohio Citizen Action and Mike Jones, Marion Franklin Area Civic Association. 21 k doc.
Jul 27: All I am asking - Would you be a good neighbor?
Jul 25: Good neighbors...in a real neighborhood
Jul 19: Marion Franklin Civic Association appeals permit for Georgia-Pacific toxic pit
COLUMBUS -- "The Marion Franklin Civic Association is is acting on behalf of the individual members of the association in this action to protect its members' health, safety and property from the results of the activities at the Georgia-Pacific Resins Watkins Road plant... Appellants also assert that the Ohio EPA, in issuing the permits to install and operate, failed to consider complaints of residents that noxious odors from the wastewater pond interfered with their peaceful enjoyment of their properties," Supplemental notice of appeal before the Environmental Review Appeals Commission. 745 KB pdf.
Jul 11: "Close the Pit" campaign protests Georgia Pacific chemical disposal
COLUMBUS -- "Ohio Citizen Action wants a Columbus plant to stop emptying waste water containing chemicals into a lagoon. The organization's "Close the Pit" campaign is directed toward the Georgia Pacific resins plant on Watkins Road in south Columbus .the same plant where a 1997 explosion killed a worker and partially destroyed the facility. 1100 yards signs that say Close the Pit have popped up on lawns across Franklin County," Sam Hendren, WOSU. Published June 28, 2007.
Jul 9: Toxic releases halved since '98
COLUMBUS -- "A steep drop in the toxic chemicals spewed into central Ohio air each year might have as much to do with a poor economy and plants closing as with clean-air laws. The amount of hazardous compounds emitted by Franklin County companies has dropped 47 percent since 1998, the latest government statistics show. That's twice the decline reported statewide and nearly twice as much as the nation's drop... Environmental advocate Teresa Mills of the Buckeye Environmental Network said the economy shouldn't be such a factor. 'Could we make these reductions without losing jobs?' Mills asked," Spencer Hunt, Columbus Dispatch.
Older news: 1997- June 2007
Ohio Citizen Action
14,197neighbors have sent handwritten letters and petitions urging Georgia-Pacific to be a good neighbor, as of November 16, 2007.