Sunday, March 16, 2014

PNN - Water & Health


SEIU (Rebecca Wakefield, SEIU & Subhash Kateel One Miami)
Leanne & Eric AIDS
Jeanne Economos & Author Dale Findley Slongwhite
her book FED UP - the high cost of cheap food
Matthew Schwartz Florida Wildlands
Link to Dale Slongwhites'  Book:

Also, we got some good news today.  The Florida Humanities Council featured the Lake Apopka Farmworker Memorial Quilt Project and the Lake Apopka farmworkers in their most recent edition of their magazine.  Here is the link:
ST. ALBANS, W.Va. (Heath Harrison) -- The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Water and Waste Management has issued two notices of violation to a company that hauled MCHM and other chemicals for Freedom Industries. 

According to a news release from the DEP, inspectors responded to a report from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency of a sheen in a drainage system at the facility of Diversified Services near St. Albans. 

A separate investigation of the company by the EPA and the Federal Bureau of Investigations. has been ongoing. A group of FBI agents removed computers, paperwork and boxes from the company last week. 

The WVDEP conducted sampling at the site and instructed Diversified to take action to contain the material. The agency said the company complied. The test results showed MCHM was present in the drainage system, which empties into the Kanawha River. 

The notices include a stormwater permit violation and a failure to minimize or prevent a potentially harmful discharge. 

The company has until March 26 to craft a response to the violations. 

MCHM was the chemical that contaminated the water supply for 300,000 West Virginians in nine counties, after 10,000 gallons leaked into the Elk River from Freedom’s Charleston facility on Jan. 9. Diversified has been been working for Freedom to remove the chemical from the Charleston site.

2. Neighbors Near Company That Hauled MCHM For Freedom Industries Frustrated By Violations, Chemical Odor

ST. ALBANS, W.Va. (Katy Brown) -- People who live next to Diversified Services near St. Albans are frustrated, angry, and sick. 

"Is it going to take somebody dying before they stop him?" asked one neighbor. "Is that what it's going to take for someone to care?" 

Diversified was hired by Freedom Industries to transport MCHM and other chemicals. 

But on Friday, the DEP's Division of Water and Waste Management issued two notices of violations to the trucking company after finding MCHM in the drainage system near their headquarters outside of St. Albans. 

Neighbors said they've been breathing in that MCHM for years. 

"The DEP guy comes down and tells me they're cleaning it up," said the neighbor. "Can we really trust these people to clean up the mess they made?" 

And with the warm weather, people living in the area said that all too familiar licorice smell is stronger than ever. 

"At different times it's really bad," Cecelia Sanson said. "You cry. You get nosebleeds. You get headaches." 

The issue at Diversified is that the company's drains dump into a tributary of the Kanawha River. 

No one knows how much of the MCHM got into the drainage system or the exact cause and timeframe of the release. 

But the good news is that there are no public water intakes immediately downstream from the site. 

Still, neighbors hope Diversified does the responsible thing. 

"I hope that they clean up everything that they've messed up," Sanson said. "And I hope they don't do it somewhere else." 

Diversified Services has until March 26 to provide a written response to the violations. 

In the meantime, the DEP will continue to monitor the situation. 

3. from WVA Moms for Safe Water

100% negligent! And why is the DEP wearing respirators if MCHM isn't harmful? This isn't an accident this is intentional and unacceptable!

Over the past few days since I found out about the MCHM tainted water that is being dumped into the DSI Landfill in Hurricane, I've had time to really think about what is going on. When the spill occurred in Charleston a few months ago, it was caused by an accident that occurred. While there was negligence involved that caused the accident, there was still an accident. What's now occurring is intentional and negligent as the MCHM is knowingly being placed in trucks, transported along our roadways and being dumped into a Hurricane landfill. No accident, no failed equipment, no failed tanks. Everyone involved in this situation is 100% negligent in their actions and I am hopeful that a court of law will prove this and proper penalties will be handed out to all involved. 

It really infuriates me that the DEP would let this occur, knowing how dangerous this chemical is or may be. Tonight on the news, I watched a DEP official wearing a respirator while inspecting the MCHM found in a stream outside of Diversified Services in St. Albans. BUT MCHM IS NOT HARMFUL OR DANGEROUS!!! 

50,000 gallons of MCHM tainted water has now been dumped into Waste Management's DSI landfill in Hurricane. Today, DSI was served legal papers advising them of the injunction that will be filed first thing Monday in the Circuit Court of Putnam County, which was required prior to the hearing. 
I'm hopeful that the Court will approve the injunction to keep this from continuing. 

I want to thank everyone for their support and am requesting lots of support in the future as this situation is far from over!

We may need to have a rally or public meeting in the near future. If you would be willing to attend or have any other ideas of what we could do, please leave a comment below.

4. Experts say: Flushing Effectiveness "mixed" (largely ineffective)
Kayla Sue Jacobs, a volunteer with Mountain Justice, advertises free bottled water the environmental group was handing out Friday at the Capitol. The organization was protesting the state government's handling of the water crisis caused by the Jan. 9 leak of the coal-cleaning chemical Crude MCHM into the water supply of nine West Virginia counties and calling on Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to continue water distribution to residents. About 15 officers from the State and Capitol police forces kept an eye on the approximately 15 protesters.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The flushing of home plumbing systems recommended by state officials and West Virginia American Water after the January Elk River chemical leak had only "mixed effectiveness," according to preliminary findings by an expert hired by the Tomblin administration.

A team led by University of South Alabama environmental engineer Andrew Whelton reported this week on problems with the guidance and potentially related exposures to the chemical Crude MCHM from the Freedom Industries leak.
Results from some home testing conducted by Whelton's team before being hired by the state "implied that first flush had mixed effectiveness" on removing the chemical from plumbing systems.
Whelton said Friday that, at some homes, one round of flushing reduced MCHM levels to below the 10-parts-per-billion detection limit. At other homes, flushing did not reduce MCHM levels and, at others, chemical levels were reduced but still remained greater than 10 parts per billion, Whelton said.
Preliminary results of that work were presented Wednesday during a scientific seminar at the University of New Orleans and later posted on the Whelton team's website.
The presentation described the Jan. 9 leak of MCHM into the drinking-water source for 300,000 West Virginians as the "largest drinking water chemical contamination in U.S. history."
"The incident was and remains unprecedented," said the presentation.
In early February, amid public pressure about the chemical leak's impacts, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin hired Whelton to conduct home testing to determine if chemicals from the leak had remained inside homes after the state-advised flushing process was complete.
Whelton and his team already had been working in West Virginia, and later received a National Science Foundation grant to further their efforts.
The presentation this week focused on data from their initial work from Jan. 16-22 in West Virginia. Whelton's team visited 16 homes, where they conducted more-detailed work. The presentation said the results released so far are not part of the state-funded research, dubbed the West Virginia Testing Assessment Project, or WVTAP.
Among other things, the new report emphasizes that Whelton's team confirmed that home plumbing systems vary. They found that more than one type of piping material was present in nearly a third of the homes they visited. They found copper, galvanized iron and plastic piping, all of which could interact differently with chemicals such as MCHM.
Starting four days after the leak, water company officials and the state government told residents to run their hot water for 15 minutes, their cold water for 5 minutes and outside faucets for 5 minutes, to flush any chemicals from their homes.
State officials have said their goal was to ensure that any MCHM in water supplies was below a concentration of 1 part per million. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention scrambled in the hours after the leak to come up with that number as a public-health screening level, but outside experts have questioned the CDC's methods and whether agency officials had enough information about the chemical to make such a judgment.
Even after flushing their plumbing systems, though, some resident complained that the licorice-like odor of MCHM remained in their homes and in their water.
Nearly half of the residents interviewed by Whelton's team reported experiencing some health symptoms after tap-water exposure. Residents reported nausea, dizziness, rashes, headaches and burning eyes, among other things. None of those interviewed by Whelton's team sought medical attention, though. Whelton said this indicates the state's publicized numbers for potential health impacts -- based on hospital visits -- did not capture everyone who could have been experiencing chemical reactions.
In their presentation, Whelton's team reported that some residents they talked to might not have correctly followed the flushing guidance issued by the state and the water company. Some residents, for example, flushed by running all of their home faucets at once.
The presentation noted that MCHM vaporizes faster in hot water than in cold, and questioned if potential inhalation exposures to residents were considered in the development of the flushing guidance.
"Chemicals volatilized from tap water into poorly ventilated rooms," the presentation said. "Some bathrooms had nonfunctioning ventilation fans and no windows."
As part of independent flushing guidance his team issued, Whelton advised residents to flush one room at a time, open windows when doing so, and use some sort of ventilation fans to help avoid inhaling chemical fumes.
Federal officials had encouraged the state government to advise residents to flush their home plumbing systems until they no longer smelled the licorice odor, but the state declined to follow that federal recommendation.
Earlier this week, in a letter appealing the denial of additional Federal Emergency Management Agency funding for the water crisis, Tomblin acknowledged that concerns about MCHM in the water supply continued, even after the state-advised "flushing" of the system was completed.
"Even after flushing procedures were implemented, there were surges in chemical presence in various areas, requiring more testing," the governor said in a letter to FEMA. "Because of the strong odor of the chemical, the water was objectionable long after the spill was contained.
"Accordingly, testing continued, and still continues, at significant expense to the state and local agencies," the governor wrote. "This testing was necessary to lessen the immediate threats to public health and safety posed by the mass exposure to a relatively unknown chemical."
Tomblin said additional federal funds are needed for a variety of purposes, including continued water sampling and testing.
"Our ongoing response to the spill, continuous studies, and test results will serve as future guidance not only for exposure to the specific chemical involved in the spill, but for any water system contamination in the nation," the governor wrote. "The work we are funding will fill a void in the scientific and public health knowledge base with much-needed information."
Reach Ken Ward Jr. at or 304-348-1702.

4. On March 12, 2014 Dr. Andrew J. Whelton and graduate student LaKia McMillan traveled to the University of New Orleans to deliver a seminar about the January 2014 West Virginia drinking water contamination incident. The 45 minute seminar was entitled Lessons Learned from the Largest Drinking Water Chemical Contamination Incident in US History: The 2014 Elk River Chemical Spill, West Virginia. 

Dr. Whelton’s University engineering and science team visited the affected area January 16-22, 2014. Some results of their actions were described during the seminar.
On January 9, 2014 the drinking water for 300,000 people living in 9 counties near the West Virginia state capitol became contaminated by industrial chemicals. Approximately 10,000 gallons of an industrial liquid product called Crude MCHM that also was mixed with a product called PPH was spilled into the Elk River. Chemicals within this mixture then entered the regional drinking water treatment facility and were distributed to 15% of the State of West Virginia’s population. Once detected, the 300,000 residents and businesses were ordered to immediately halt drinking water use for all purposes because of public health water safety / chemical exposure concerns.
This Do Not Use order remained in place for several days, affecting hospitals, businesses, and residences. The order was followed by direction that building and business owners as well as residents should flush the chemically contaminated water from their plumbing systems. Because of resident personal concerns about chemical exposures, several residents whom the University team interviewed did not flush their plumbing systems even after being directed by officials to do so. The incident was, and remains unprecedented.
The University team consisted of Dr. Whelton, Ms. McMillan along with Civil Engineering Professor Kevin White and graduate students Matt Connell, Keven Kelley, and Jeff Gill. The seminar presentation PDF file can be downloaded here: Whelton UNO WV Presentation. The file is 14 Megabites (MB) in size so downloading the file may be slow.
Dr. Whelton’s team has a twitter account and can be followed here: @TheWheltonGroup. The residents who were interviewed by the University team were identified by contacting West Virginia nonprofit organizations and through personal contacts of Dr. Whelton. On January 16, while Dr. Whelton’s team drove 15 hours to Charleston, West Virginia more than 80 homeowners asked for assistance. Results presented in the March 12 seminar describe a survey of 16 different homes.
Chemical tap water testing results obtained during their January visit are undergoing analysis and will be released in the coming weeks. As of today, Dr. Whelton’s team continues to receive questions by homeowners and nonprofit organizations about the lingering drinking water odors, the safety of the tap water in residences and schools, impact of the contaminated water on plumbing systems, and actions residents can take to protect themselves. Dr. Whelton participated in two town hall meetings in February 2014 to help answer questions from residents and businesses who were affected.
Questions about this file and material should be directed to Dr. Andrew J. Whelton at
IMPORTANT NOTE: Information described in the presentation is not part of the ongoing WVTAP project funded by the West Virginia Bureau of Health. The results presented at the University of New Orleans represent those obtained by the authors. Dr. Whelton became involved in the WVTAP project weeks after this testing was conducted. For information about the WVTAP project please visit the WVTAP website here.

5. OOPS - no reporting for you!
The National Response Center website has been taken down for maintenance. Anyone making a report to the NRC may do so by calling the NRC hotline at 1-800-424-8802. Anyone witnessing an oil spill, chemical release or maritime security incident should call that number to make a report.

The information usually available to the public in the NRC database is still available. Anyone wishing to request information of any reported incident may send the request via the U.S. Coast Guard Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) e-mail address This is the same information that you would normally get from the NRC database directly, however, this e-mail address is being used temporarily for the convenience of requestors as a means to send in an information request to the NRC. Responses will be processed in accordance with the normal FOIA timeline

6. Hurricane (WVA) Mayor Says No More MCHM Waste Being Accepted At Landfill

Reported: Mar. 15, 2014 5:47 PM EDT
Updated: Mar. 15, 2014 6:58 PM EDT

HURRICANE, W.Va. (Heath Harrison) – Hurricane Mayor Scott Edwards said Saturday said he has received word that no more MCHM waste is being accepted into the city’s landfill.

Edwards said in a statement posted on his Facebook page that he received a phone call from Lisa Kardell, the director of Public Affairs for Waste Management, informing him of the decision.

Edwards thanked the community for speaking out, and said the decision was made due to overwhelming community outcry.

Edwards had said Friday that the city and Putnam County would file an injunction in court to stop the MCHM disposal at the landfill.

NaturalNews) There is something seriously wrong in the fertile Yakima Valley region of Washington. A surging number of babies are being born with major birth defects, and the reasons why are eluding state health officials.
As reported by CNN, a nurse in the area, Sara Barron, was the first to report on a particularly horrifying condition: anencephaly -- a condition in which babies are born without much of their brain and skull.
"I was just stunned," she told the network in an interview. "Three in a couple-of-month period of time... that's unheard of, and they have such tragic, terrible outcomes."
Her shocking finding and report eventually prompted an investigation by the state health department. Investigators found some disturbing results.
Over a three-year period, there were 23 cases concentrated in three southern Washington counties -- Yakima, Benton and Franklin. That's a rate (8.4 per 10,000 live births) that is four times the national average (2.1 per 10,000 live births), CNN reported.
What could be causing such a phenomenon? Is it just one of those weird coincidences, or is something more sinister at play?
Mandy Stahre, with the Washington State Department of Health, conducted the investigation into the high rates of anencephaly. She says she and other investigators are stumped.
"We have not found an answer, and that's a very frustrating part, because this is such a devastating diagnosis for a woman to have," she told CNN.
Barron, however, says she wonders if state health authorities did not find anything because they didn't look hard enough at all possible causes.
'We have to weigh how invasive we want to be'
For one thing, she said, the health department has not spoken to any of the parents of the babies who had birth defects. So they don't know what the parents may have eaten, or what environmental conditions they have been exposed to, or what kind of chemicals or substances they all might have come in contact with -- like, perhaps, the pesticides that are routinely sprayed in the heavily agricultural region in which they live.
Andrea Jackman, whose daughter Olivia was born with spina bifida, another type of neural tube defect, said she wasn't asked anything by state investigators.
"Nobody's asked me anything," she told the network.
So, exactly how did the state conduct its investigation? Stahre said investigators examined data in each parent's medical record -- what sort of prescription drugs they were taking and preexisting medical conditions.
"The study examined medical records from January 2010 through January 2013 and looked at possible risk factors including family history, pre-pregnancy weight, health risk behaviors such as supplemental folic acid and medication use, and whether the woman's residence received drinking water from a public or private source. No significant differences were found when comparing cases of anencephaly with healthy births in the three county area," said a health department press release.
"But medical records don't have details about diet or pesticide exposure," CNN's Elizabeth Cohen reported, "two key considerations for this type of birth defect."
Indeed, the health department -- in its press release -- even admitted: "Medical record reviews might not have captured all information, preventing a cause from being identified."
So why not talk to the mothers?
"Well, we have to weigh that," said Stahre. "This is a devastating diagnosis, and we know that for a lot of these women, they had to make some hard choices. We do have to weigh about how invasive we want to be with these types of reviews."
Engineered end of humanity?
At least one mother -- Jackman -- said she would have "been fine" with being questioned. She wants answers so that other mothers don't have to go through the same thing.
On the surface, this looks like yet another example of poisoning that Natural News editor and founder Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, wrote about recently when he said humanity doesn't stand a chance of surviving this onslaught of corporate-sponsored genocide:
After having now analyzed over 1,000 foods, superfoods, vitamins, junk foods and popular beverages for heavy metals and other substances at the Natural News Forensic Food Labs, I have arrived at a conclusion so alarming and urgent that it can only be stated bluntly.
Based on what I am seeing via atomic spectroscopy analysis of all the dietary substances people are consuming on a daily basis, I must now announce that the battle for humanity is nearly lost. The food supply appears to be intentionally designed to end human life rather than nourish it.
Learn more:

8. GE (We bring mutant things to LIFE)  Hanford Hangover
June Casey: When I was in high school, I was able to participate in many, many school activities, so I was going, you know, 24 hours a day as most young people do. And then it was when I was at Whitman College that I came home for Christmas and my parents noticed that something was drastically wrong with me. They took me to a physician, and the physician said that I had the most severe case of hypo-thyroidism he had ever seen in his career. The basal metabolic rate was a minus 36. He said, "You're physical movements and behavior are those of someone about 90 years old instead of someone who is 19."

Narrator: The college June Casey was attending was located in Walla Walla, Washington, 50 miles downwind from the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, a massive 570 square mile facility where General Electric made plutonium for the U.S. military between 1946 and 1965.

June Casey: And then I started losing my hair, and I had long, naturally-curly hair. I then had to start wearing a wig, and have since lost two babies, one through miscarriage and the other through stillbirth. I have thyroid nodules which have to be watched. The endrocrinologist said that I could contract thyroid cancer at any time.

Narrator: Around the same time that June Casey lost her hair, Tom Bailey was a toddler. For years, he drank the milk and ate the food grown on his family's farm which was located right next to the Hanford reactors.

Tom Bailey: Well, growing up here downwind from Hanford never meant anything to us because it was just a neighbor. Our business was to grow food and their business was to make nuclear weapons. And we never paid any attention to what they did. We never looked over the fence. But we always had deformed farm animals. The largest amount of farm animals at one time was 80 calves out of 200 cows that were grossly deformed. Either they died or they were too deformed to walk. We had deformed sheep, deformed kittens, deformed chickens. In some years, there were a lot of them, and in other years there weren't so many.

Narrator: In the mid-1980s, Tom Bailey began to wonder: If the animals on the farms were so affected, what about the people? He himself was born with birth defects, and today is sterile. He surveyed the 28 families who lived in a small area near Hanford, and found that 27 of them had suffered severe health problems, all of which are associated with exposure to high doses of radiation. This area is now know as "the death mile."

Tom Bailey: This is the north corner of it here, beginning with the Weinberger household. The 1973 March of Dimes poster child was born there with no eyes. The family back in behind here, the boy and his wife just had a child born with no skull.

Narrator: June Casey and the residents of "death mile" are not alone. Thousands of people who lived in the northwestern United States have experienced similar devastating health problems. As the medical histories of Hanford "downwinders" began to come to light, the government was forced to begin revealing some of the classified documents about what had really been going on at Hanford.

A picture has begun to emerge of enormous radioactive releases - some accidental, and many intentional - into the air, the ground, and the Columbia River which runs right through the Hanford complex. Enormous radioactive releases that G.E. knew about at the time, but chose to cover up.

Tom Bailey: We took, here in Eastern Washington State, the downwind area, twice the amount of radiation as the children at Chernobyl took. And at Chernobyl, they impounded all the milk, they evacuated whole towns, they cordoned off hundreds of miles of farmland. They [the Soviets] evacuated their people, and they warned them. And here, there was absolutely no warning. They didn't evacuate anybody. Quite to the contrary, they came and said, "You're safe."

Narrator: One of the worst incidents during G.E.'s tenure at Hanford was a calculated experiment in which radioactive particles containing more than 500 times the radiation of the Three Mile Island accident were deliberately released into the air. The documents explaining why this experiment was done are still classified.

June Casey: Well, it was on Mother's Day of 1986 when I read an article in my local newspaper describing this release, a deliberate and secret experiment by the G.E. Hanford plant in 1949 when I was a student at Whitman College. And I just knew immediately, it was like a knife in my heart, I said to myself, "Oh, no." And I really was in tears all day. I knew immediately that what had happened to me then was related to that secret experiment.

Narrator: The toxic and radioactive legacy left behind at Hanford is staggering. There were at leat 1,100 contaminated sites on the grounds [of the Handord site]. The Columbia River, a source of food and place of recreation for people throughout the Northwest, is now the most radioactive river in the world. Two-thirds of the high-level radioactive waste from U.S. weapons production is stored at Hanford in tanks that leak, and as some scientists have warned, could explode.

Cleaning up these environmental disasters is expected to cost at least $60 billion ($60,000,000,000) and take over 30 years, with General Electric leaving its share of the cost to the U.S. taxpayers. Thousands of "downwinders" are now sueing for damages. The government has now begun to acknowledge its role in the devastation at Hanford. So far, General Electric has not.

June Casey: All they've ever said in their letters to me is, "We left all the documents behind, so we don't know any more than you do or what you read in the newspapers." And I guess I find that very hard to believe.

Narrator: According to the business press, General Electric is the most powerful company in the United States. And G.E. is rapidly expanding its control of markets worldwide. G.E. owns NBC, Hotpoint, and RCA, and in its annual report boasts of its leadership role in each of the products it manufactures. But the one product line it never mentions is nuclear weapons, where G.E. has also been an industry leader.

Continuing in the role it carved out at Hanford, today G.E. makes critical components for more nuclear weapons systems than any other company. And the trail of radioactive and toxic wastes that G.E. is leaving behind at research and production sites across the U.S. also continues to grow and grow. G.E. builds the nutron trigger for every U.S. hydrogen bomb; is a prime contractor for "Star Wars" and the new radioactive space reactor, the SP-100; a moving force behind the deadly Trident submarine and missile, the B-1 and B-2 bombers, the MX, Minuteman, and Cruise missiles, the F-111, and the list goes on and on.

Rear Admiral Gene La Rocque (Ret.): We have about 30,000 nuclear weapons. Far more than enough to defend ourselves. But industry exerts a lot of influence on whether or not we buy weapons. And General Electric is one of our foremost defense contractors. The American public ought to become aware of the fact that it is these companies, like General Electric, that push the U.S. Congress into building more weapons than we need.

G.E. television commercial: "Progress" in the defense of our nation. And at General Electric, "progress" is our most important product.

Narrator: In the beginning of the atomic age, General Electric helped make the bombs that destroyed Hiroshima and Nagasaki. And today, G.E. continues to be a key player behind the scenes in determining federal nuclear weapons policy thanks to the company's high volume of PAC [political action committee] contributions; its 150 person Washington D.C. lobbying office, the largest of any weapons contractor; and the revolving door between the military and G.E.'s top executive offices through which people like General David Jones, former Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under Reagan, have ended up serving on G.E.'s Board of Directors. And G.E.'s influence in Washington D.C. starts right at the top [at the White House].

Among the handful of corporate CEOs (Chief Executive Officer) who have direct access to President Bush is G.E.'s Jack Welch. Today, one of G.E.'s most lucrative contracts is for testing and building critical components for the Trident submarine. Much of this work is done at the Knolls Atomic Power Laboratories, a nuclear weapons complex located in upstate New York. There are close to 400 tons of lethal waste buried in dozens of secret landfill sites on the facility's grounds. Three of the five reactors in the Knolls complex were built without the containment structures or backup emergency core cooling systems found in all commercial nuclear reactors.

But as it did while running Hanford, General Electric insists that there is no danger at Knolls. In the four decades of operation, G.E. has stated, "there has been no significant impact from Knolls site operations on the environment or adverse effehe community or the public." In fact, G.E. claims it wants its workforce to alert management to health, safety, and environmental concerns.


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Frank Cummings Preserve our Paradise

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Jennifer Hecker

Amber Crooks S. Florida Conservancy 

John Dwyer

Jaime Duran (Neighbor)

Karen Dwyer

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Bradley Rosendorf

Matthew Schwartz

Board Member Conservation Community Rep.

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I oppose common core, since HUMANITY does not live by its calculators alone. Too much emPHAsis on tESTS
is a MESs.
It has seemed to be the nose- GATEWAY for the privatization of Schools, since it seems to make UNTIDY reality
quite quantifiable - and Children and teachers, aren't actually decimal points

solidarity & peace


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