CPI Settlement with City is criminal Palo Alto Issues, posted by Bill Kelly, a resident of the Barron Park neighborhood, on Jan 22, 2007 at 9:00 am
On Friday CPI Industries settled with the city for releasing toxic gases into Barron Park. The settlement calls for no admission of guilt and a $20,000 fine. CPI's own investigation concluded it was employee error; however, the PA fire department changed the finding to 'inconclusive'.
CPI stores 600 pounds of deadly potassium Cyanide and 4000 pounds of Nitric Acid on their property line next to Barron Park residents. Inhaling 10 milligrams of Potassium Cyanide will cause a person to pass out within 60 seconds of exposure and, if untreated, will be dead in 20 minutes. This stuff is seriously dangerous.
In documents submitted to the county toxics board, CPI says in a worst case scenerio, they will release 13 pounds of potassium cyanide to the neighborhood; and residents living within 1000 feet of the chemical storage areas will be incapacitated or possibly die.
The Palo Alto fire chief and city attorney concluded that better community notification are the solution to future issues. With a 10 mile per hour breeze, that gives the closest residents 7 seconds to evacuate, and 68 seconds to the residents 1000 feet away (this includes a pre-school).
How in the world will better notification help this problem?
Posted by Jim, a resident of the Crescent Park neighborhood, on Jan 22, 2007 at 4:42 pm
First, you need to attach a web site on where you got your info. I give very little merit to your "numbers" unless you can back them up. Also, the Fire Chief and City Attorney said better notification is a start in the right direction, not a solution. This is the second post you have done with miss quotes and facts on this subject.
Posted by Bill Kelly, a resident of the Barron Park neighborhood, on Jan 22, 2007 at 4:50 pm
Actually Jim this was my first post. You can see the info at www.chimalus.org. The numbers come from CPI's submission using the county's Risk Management Plan readable in the county offices in Santa Clara. You can find the toxicity on NOSH or the EPA's web site, and finally the math is a toxic chemical traveling 10 MPH over a distance of 50 feet to 1000 feet which is how far we residents are from CPI's toxic storage facility.
Posted by Alice Schaffer Smith, a resident of the Green Acres neighborhood, on Jan 23, 2007 at 8:13 am
Last night all interested residents could follow the fascinating Council hearing on KZSU (90.1 FM)on an application to expand the use of chemicals at CPI, which I picked up by chance on the way home from SF. I continued to watch the council on public television (?Ch 26) once home. The Chimalus homeowners and renters who spoke did so carefully and intelligently. I was convinced that the City should be working with CPI to get them to use newer technologies and stop using these deadly chemicals for the sake of the employees and the neighbors. What is unclear is whether this was a condition of the settlement with CPI.
Posted by Bill Kelly, a resident of the Barron Park neighborhood, on Jan 23, 2007 at 9:01 pm
It was a fascinating meeting. About 70 people from barron Park showed up to show their support for taking action against CPI. No conditions were placed on the settlement. In fact the council allowed a 10% expansion of CPI's toxic chemicals.
Posted by Another mother here, a member of the Gunn High School community, on Jan 31, 2007 at 5:24 am
WOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWEEEEEEEEEEEEE..somehow I missed all this panic..Where abouts near Barron Park is this place exactly????????? Please post a little more info...been ill and not out of the house lately.....thanks
Posted by Active Citizen, a resident of the Barron Park neighborhood, on Mar 21, 2007 at 10:11 pm
This issue hasn't ended, not by any means. There's an article in the March 21st issue of the Palo Alto Weekly (Web Link) that provides an update. There's also a new web site (Web Link) set up by Barron Park residents that will be used to track the situation.
Posted by Abe Karenina, a resident of the College Terrace neighborhood, on Jun 12, 2008 at 8:41 am
O Alice, you have Waay tooooooo muuuuch time on your
hands! Get a job, f'crissake! Do something besides sitting there on
your cute tush and fussing about all this PC nonsense.
My Gawd, you have been spoiled rotten!!!!
You can do better than this, with all that fancy education
you got! Hmmm, maybe that is the problem!!!