| Columbus South Side neighbors are celebrating today over yesterday's defeat of a proposed tire-melting project.|
Neighbor Juanita Kauffman explains:
Kauffman clip 1:
"I worked with a lot of the people, I went to
different churches around and different people in the
neighborhood telling them about it and taking
petitions around to be signed and attended all the
meetings I believe that we had," (14 seconds, 237 KB).
Kauffman clip 2:
"I live in the area not too far from where the plant
was going to be and I know how dangerous it is and how
many fumes and everything we got from the trash
burning plant," (11 seconds, 185 KB).
Kauffman clip 3:
"I found that you can't work singularly, you have to
work in a group. people can come out on top if they
all work together, you can accomplish a lot," (10 seconds, 170 KB).
Simona Vaclavikova [VAH-SLAV-EEK-OH-VAH] is the Columbus Director for the state's largest environmental group, Ohio Citizen Action:
Vaclavikova clip 1:
""Not only the neighbors but all of Ohio Citizen
Action's members and supporters, we put together such
an enormous powerful pressure that a few months into
the campaign we're standing victorious," (13 seconds, 211 KB).
Vaclavikova said that neighbors kept up the pressure on the Solid Waste Authority's director, Mike Long:
Vaclavikova clip 2:
"Our members and supporters wrote approximately 4,000
letters to Mike Long over this very short period of
time, about 5 months, and we submitted about 14,000
signatures from our members and supporters and
residents in central Ohio to oppose this project," (14 seconds, 229 KB).
For more information or an interview, please contact Simona Vaclavikova, Columbus Area Program Director, Ohio Citizen Action, (614) 263-4111.