Official announcement and shut-down order on Romic
Original post made on May 31, 2007
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on May 31, 2007 at 7:21 pm
After years and years of Romic being the main source of tax money of East Palo alto, they're shutting it down? Where will the hazardous waste of northen california industries going to be treated now? I guess they will just have to dump it in the sewers since there's no more romic to take care of it. I hope all you politicians have thought this decision thoroughly.
on May 31, 2007 at 9:31 pm
Oh, they'll just send it to someone else's backyard, probably in the Central Valley. I had an experience with some mildly contaminated soil - it was within State standards, but the PA landfill wouldn't take it. It had to be shipped to Modesto.
Many people in our area live little bubble lives, happily enjoying the comforts that an industrialized society provides; God forbid that any of that industry be located in their little bubble.
All that being said, it does appear that Romic is horrifically mismanaged.
on Jun 1, 2007 at 6:57 am
Romic is a typical industrial operation performing an essential operation. They may have ocasionally annoyed their neighbors, who got their houses cheaper because they were near an industrial zone, but no permanent damage was done. What next? Close the airport because of noise? Where do those factory workers get comparable local employment? Incidentally, the reference to the rutted street in front of tha facility suggests that EPA does not provide services to Romic commensurate to the taxes they pay.
No wonder manufacturing is moving to Nevada and China.
It is time for EPA to grow up.