Original post made
on May 31, 2007
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.
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.
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.
Last year, Romic blanketed the community of East Palo Alto with toxic fumes/sludge. The accident was due to EXTREME negligence, and the airborne spray/sludge covered local houses, a school, and the section of marsh that contains the largest clapper rail population in the south bay. The children of East Palo Alto have had increased rates of Asthma and other respiratory health issues that were a result of Romic's activities. East Palo Alto will have increased tax revenue from the new developments in town such as IKEA and the Four Seasons. If the wind had gone the other way last June, and the company had threatened the lives of rich white Palo Alto kids, there would be no question in anyone's mind about this order. There is no place for a toxic waste handler in a residential neighborhood. There are plenty of remote old military bases that would serve nicely for the processing of hazardous waste. This order was long overdue. THANK YOU DTSC!