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Do you feel your health is threatened by the level of arsenic in your yard

Note: This and the following comments were moved over from a discontinued poll on August 17,2008.

Some people are not afraid of the low levels of arsenic in their soil but they will say they are because....they want that old tree taken down in their yard, the old garage, the old fence, the flaking sidewalk--all of this stuff removed and partially replaced at FMC's cost...FREE OF CHARGE to the homeowner. It is not the arsenic but the offer of freebies motivating their "worry."

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Posted by Anonymous on Aug 17, 2008 - 12:43 PM
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Yes to all 3, but thank you for taking the time to ask if I have reviewed all the information available to me. For every expert who agrees with your position, I can bring at least one that agrees with mine. The sad fact is not only are NYS's acceptable levels higher that most in the nation, Middleports are even higher. I'm not looking to argue with you, there would be nothing served by that. Many people feel the same way I do about this. Very few are willing to speak up about it because they don't want to be labeled as has happened here. I love living in a town where we don't have to lock our doors. I also love my family and want to provide them with the safest environment I can. This town isn't alone in it's struggle with it's industrial past. The way we are dealing with it is what singles us out. Let's deal with it and move forward instead of fighting the change.

Posted by Anonymous on Aug 17, 2008 - 12:43 PM
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Have you heard Dr. Schoof? Have you read the results of the Exponent study? Have you ever attended a CIG meeting where things like so called "contamination" are discussed in scientific detail? We are not a contaminated town though there are some hot spots mainly next to water areas. Residents themselves have commented how much money they are saving because FMC did this and that.

Posted by Anonymous on Aug 17, 2008 - 12:42 PM
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I can't believe people think so poorly of their neighbors who have concern for their health. I love this town, but there ARE problems with contamination. When people make general statements accusing neighbors of basically looking for a free landscaping job, it makes us all look very small and ill informed. This is a great town with and industrial past. Let's remember that with industry comes industries past practices. Those practices were acceptable and legal, but now history has taught us legal wasn't always safe. So let's deal with it, clean up whats needed and move on.

Posted by Anonymous on Aug 17, 2008 - 12:42 PM
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In response to comment motivates. Initially, people of Middleport were scared but after the Vernon St. debacle, people got smarter and began to ask some deep questions backed by scientific research. The danger from arsenic in the soil is not considered a serious risk by most who live in the area. To be in danger, it would take 70 years of living in the same area and eating a considerable amount of soil each and every day (throughout the winter months too) from a depth of 12 inches. Visitors to Middleport are in zero danger. Children playing in the backyards are at no danger. Again, 70 years, eating gobs of soil daily. The school grounds are cleared and of absolutely no danger to the students. Some of the school teachers and admin. want a new school built at FMC's expense so will say and do anything to try and get a new, fancy school. Money motivates and the thought of a new, free landscape IS behind more than a few people's "worry over arsenic." As for the Agencies, you who wrote comment # 3 have not dealt with the Agencies for the last however many years. I would not put anything above the Agenicies. The head honchos are situatated in Albany and have no concern except to continue to get their bi-weekly pay and after that, their retirement benefits from New York State.

Posted by Anonymous on Aug 17, 2008 - 12:41 PM
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I'm not so sure the previous two comments reflect the general feeling of residents in Middleport or the agencies attitude. There may be some who want a new landscape at someone else's expense but I would hope most of our neighbors are above that. And most of the members of the three agencies have better things to do than pack the polls. Let's face it, there are areas in Middleport with problems and some of those areas have people with children living there. They have a right to be concerned. There are also families outside of Middleport who send their children to the schools here.

Posted by Anonymous on Aug 17, 2008 - 12:35 PM
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Members of the State Department of Health and the DEC and the EPA have access to voting on this poll also. I wouldn't put it past them to vote "yes" to feeling their health is threatened just to keep up their unrelenting pressure on the community. The Agencies have refused to recognize scientific results of the Exponent Study, the Gasport revised orchard studies, the Schoof conclusions, and other scientific evidence that the health of human beings is not threatened by the low levels of arsenic in the soil in the air deposition areas remaining on the remediation list. These Agency people earn their living off of finding "work to do."

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