Wednesday, April 12, 2006
Letter Format and Talking Points
Senator/State Representation/Mayor/Honorable NAME
Dear (Title Here) Name
- As a registered voter and student/parent/concerned citizen/conscious resident, I am very concerned about the proposed landfill in New Orleans East.
- In 2000, there were reported 12,912 residents of New Orleans East whose voices should be heard in the decisions that directly impact the health and economic well being of the community. GNOCDC Snap Shot of the East Village
- Due to minimal state and federal government assistance in the East Village, during and post-Katrina, there has been limited ability for residents to return permanently to their homes, businesses and churches. Making decisions in the absence of the voting population, denying them both a voice in the decision and protest, is undemocratic.
- The East Village of New Orleans is a unique ethnic enclave, increasing the visible and social diversity of New Orleans and representing a potential attraction to tourists. Locally it is claimed to be the largest, only ethnic Vietnamese community in the United States, with ambitious plans to establish the first and only US “Viet-Town”.
- Environmental impacts that may result from demolition and construction debris landfill include toxic hydrogen sulphide gas, dust, which may effect visibility, public health and air quality, and pollution of surface and ground water.
- The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidelines for site location restrictions state landfills must be built in “suitable geological locations away from faults, wetlands, flood plains and other restricted areas”. The proposed landfill abuts the Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge, one of the last remaining marshes adjacent to Lake Pontchartrain and Borgne and flood plain protecting New Orleans.
- February 14th, 2006, the Waste Management of Louisiana, through an “act of donation”, promised 22% of the gross revenue the landfill brings in to the city of New Orleans. The same day Mayor Ray Nagin granted a conditional permit to use the New Orleans East property as a landfill site using his emergency powers to suspend the city’s zoning ordinance.