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Jennifer O'Donnell letter to Vice President Al Gore:
If you want a WTI shutdown, make it happen


October 23, 2000

Vice President Al Gore
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Vice President Gore:

I am writing on behalf of Ohio Citizen Action, the largest state environmental organization in the United States, with 150,000 dues-paying members.

I am writing to ask that you reconcile this weekend’s statements on the WTI incinerator in East Liverpool:

  • Your spokesman Jim Kennedy said: 'The vice president does believe that the ombudsman's recommendations should be followed. He supports the recommendation that the facility cease operation of the incinerator," (Associated Press, Oct 22).
  • Your top environmental adviser, Kathleen McGinty, said: 'We fully support the recommendation that the incinerator cease operating until new tests can be done,' (Columbus Dispatch, Oct 22).
  • '…instead of closing the incinerator, the EPA will do an air quality test, [Timothy Fields Jr., EPA assistant administrator] said,' (Associated Press, Oct 22).

These statements can mean one of two things:

  1. Your decision wasn't conveyed to Fields. You can clear this up with a phone call to him today.
  2. You want us to believe the ridiculous notion that, as the Administration’s voice and leader on environmental policy, you want the plant shut down and the U.S. EPA is defying you and getting away with it.

Four hundred children at East Elementary School in East Liverpool -- 1,100 feet from the incinerator -- deserve an immediate answer.


Jennifer O’Donnell
Akron-Canton-Youngstown Program Director