"This is a terrible situation," said LCDC Chair Valerie Suzdak, "and I'm just glad we have so many caring people in our community who are willing to step up when their fellow Americans are in need. I am sincerely grateful to everyone who is giving their time, money, and energy to help alleviate the suffering of our neighbors in West Virginia."
Any extra money collected beyond the costs of the water and truck will be donated to the Red Cross - West Virginia Region (http://www.redcross.org/wv/charleston).
Though the LCDC coordinated the effort, this work to help our neighbors has been conducted in an expressly non partisan fashion. The LCDC welcomes the help of any interested members of the community.
Cross-posted from Article XI
Clean water is something that many of us take for granted. However, imagine for a minute that your drinking water comes from a source where toxics regularly find their way into. Moreover, imagine that those responsible for making sure your drinking water is safe for consumption have relinquished their duties for complex political reasons.
While many such examples exist throughout the U.S., there's one particular example in VA around the Blacksburg area where a recent meeting called by the Environmental Advocates of the New River Valley met to discuss their options for confronting this issue.
The RAAP (Radford Arsenal) has been cited by the EPA for a number of environmental violations, violations which constitute a health risk to those drinking from water sources where RAAP toxics eventually make their way. Unfortunately, some of the toxics make their way into the New River via its estuaries and possibly into the drinking water of thousands of Roanoke residents.
To date, it doesn't appear like much has been done to tackle the problem on the part of the EPA, the VA Department of Environmental Quality or any of VA's relevant elected officials like Senators Jim Webb and Mark Warner or Congressman Cantor.
A Clear Choice: Chap Petersen for Fairfax
Culipher attacks Petersen for standing up to the owners of the Pickett Road Tank Farm, saying, "It's not the role of the legislature" to protect our communities from a known environmental polluter.
Vienna, VA- At Thursday's debate at American Legion Post 177 in the Town of Vienna, Republican challenger Gerarda Culipher criticized Senator Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax) for bringing legislation to clean up the Pickett Road Tank Farm, which has been a continuing source of petroleum spills and water contamination for the past twenty years.
"I'm proud to have stood up to the owners of the Pickett Road Tank Farm for their disregard for our families, our waterways and Fairfax, because legislation that I sponsored they will have to come up to current safety standards or shut down" said Senator Petersen.
Everyone knows that safe drinking water is essential for life. It should go without saying. And yet the UN took a vote anyway. Not surprisingly there were no "No" votes. However while 122 nations voted yes, forty abstained, the US, Canada, UK and several European countries among the abstainers. Far be it from the later group to do or say anything to hurt the powerful water privateers and bottlers ripping off Americans and other countries by, in most cases, using our public water supplies to bottle water and sell it at a huge markup. I am, however, very disappointed in our White House over the vote. Our nation supposedly awaits another process in Geneva with the Human Rights Council (as if we have paid the Human Rights body much other than lip service during the past 9.5 years.) Talk is cheap.