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    Environmental Leech Administration

    The “Superfund” created by CERCLA and RCRA legislation was emptied back in the 90’s. Consultants (Reclamation Plans) and the EPA drained the account leaving virtually no money left for actual remediation. Remediation that is completed when the EPA says, “it’s completed.” It’s the most bureaucratic process any small business will ever go through usually ending in bankruptcy. Small business owners use bankruptcy to protect themselves when they have nothing to do with actual contamination. The EPA does not stop at the LLC. They will pierce the corporate veil and claim your personal assets. They will sue anyone who gets in their way. Just ask anyone whose ever dealt with the EPA. Groundwater steam injection and recovery was an experimental process that didn’t work, yet was the required process for over 15 years.

    The best environmental protection is the backhoe operator that says, “Yea boss, we dug up all the oily soil, hauled it off to the landfill. They burned it there. There’s none left. Can we start building now?” Reply, “We better check with the EPD official. He’s asleep in the trailer we paid for.”

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    What is the owners’ specific corrective action plan for cleaning up the GM – Doraville (Assembly) site? What is the estimated cleanup time (how many years)? Will the cleanup be sufficient to allow residential use? An initial site evaluation was done by the owners in 2010. If they still can’t answer these questions in 2016, why should County taxpayer money be dedicated to shoring up the project?

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    Bill Lowe

    The taxpayer money at the GM plant is mainly meant to build out the infrastructure so the County can collect more money in taxes on the project. Bridges, tunnels, wider roads, etc. If the GM plant continues to be sold off in pieces to car dealers, big box stores, and a movie studio or two with no planned development, then the highest land use and tax income for the county will be diminished. People are against this based on a County should not support private development idea with a tax break or against development of the property in general because of traffic concerns. The County would be investing in itself to increase their own revenues. Failure to invest in itself is akin to wanting less tax revenue. DeKalb County has done a wonderful job at that….check out all aspects of the County for reference.

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    Bad investment, bad timing, as pointedly made clear by Dr Green and School board Chair at yesterday’s meeting at the Capitol with DeKalb Delegation Senators. The FIRST net dollar of tax money to educate DeKalb children comes 34 years after inception of a TAD on this site. Repeat; bad investment! E-mails from some of the 14,000 DCSS employees were overwhelmingly negative on this TAD. They clearly want EXISTING tax dollars reinvested in the DeKalb school system.

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    Eddie E.

    Wow, you almost make it sound like the EPA stood over the polluters and insisted they contaminate the soil and water with substances they knew should never be allowed to enter the environment.

    An odd perspective indeed.

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    I understand that the taxpayer money is “mainly” meant to build out tell infrastructure, but taxpayers will be paying for a “tunnel to nowhere” if the site itself cannot be developed in a coherent fashion due to the levels of contamination found there. The owners’ corrective action plan approved by the EPD is shockingly vague, something along the lines of “We’ll figure it out as we go,” which is a recipe for disaster. The county and DCSS monies may end up being used for a very expensive cleanup that may or may not ultimately allow for residential development, and will likely impact the ability to fund other proposed infrastructure projects.

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