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(en) ANGRY NEIGHBORS STORM POLLUTED MCDONALDS CONSTRUCTION SITE

From "CM W" <straychicken@hotmail.com>
Date Sun, 10 Jun 2001 15:19:18 -0400 (EDT)


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ANGRY NEIGHBORS STORM POLLUTED MCDONALDS CONSTRUCTION SITE
NEIGHBORS  FEAR CONTAMINATED DUST HAS BEEN BLOWN  INTO THEIR HOMES AND ARE 
DEMANDING A VOICE IN CLEAN UP PROCESS
30  Day  Comment  Period  With  DEP ends  June 15th
What	Rally and Protest
Where:   43rd & Market
When:5:15PM,Monday,June11th


		On Monday, June 11th  after 5PM, a large crowd of angry neighborhood 
residents will be protesting at 43rd & Market where a McDonalds is being 
built over a contaminated lot. "Neighbors were already unhappy with the 
location of the franchise and infuriated when construction destroyed 
backyards and threatened to damage homes," says West Philly resident, Chris 
White,
"Then neighbors discovered from an individual working for Licenses & 
Inspections that soil crews had been removing contaminated soil from the 
site for months. Dust from the removal is all over the inside of residents 
homes and neighbors have been denied access to the soil report."
The protest comes the last week of a public comment period with the 
Pennsylvannia Department of Environmental Protection on McDonalds 
application for a liability waiver. Concerned residents and community groups 
have been circulating petitions and writing letters to demand that McDonalds 
be denied a liability waiver and that the city get involved with the 
remediation process. "McDonalds has been removing contaminated soil for 
months with no safety precautions and no notication of neighbors," says Beth 
Pulcinella, "Why should they be given a  liabilty waiver? Where is our 
Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell? What is the city going to do to protect the 
residents?"
The protest comes a few months after the West Philadelphia Licenses and 
Inspections Office locked out neighborhood residents who came with the media 
  to demand to see the copy of the soil report.   "Whatís so hard about 
telling us whatís there?," says affected neighbor Rev. Larry Falcon, "Weíve 
been told so many contradictory things about the contamination and we Ďve 
been passed around among so many different agencies. We donít want to just 
believe that itís safe. We want to KNOW if itís safe."


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