Thursday, December 17, 2015

Labi Siffre - Something Inside So Strong







The higher you build your barriers, the taller I become

The farther you take my rights away, the faster I will run
You can deny me, you can decide to turn your face away
No matter 'cause theres
Something inside (so strong)
I know that I can make it
Though youre doin' me wrong, so wrong
You thought that my pride was gone, oh no
Theres something inside (so strong)
Something inside so strong
The more you refuse to hear my voice, the louder I will sing. You hide behind walls of Jericho, your lies will come tumbling. Deny my place and time, you squander wealth that's mine.My light will shine so brightly it will blind you
Because theres
Something inside so strong
I know that I can make it
Though youre doin' me wrong, so wrong
You thought that my pride was gone, oh no
Theres something inside so strong
Something inside so strong
Brothers and sisters, when they insist were just not good enough.Well, we know better, just look 'em in the eyes and say. "Were gonna do it anyway, were gonna do it anyway Were gonna do it anyway"
Something inside so strong
I know that I can make it
Though youre doin' me wrong, so wrong
You thought that my pride was gone, oh no
Theres something inside so strong
Theres something inside so strong
There's something inside so strong
Something inside so strong
I know that I can make it
Though you're doing me wrong, so wrong
...

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Friday, August 21, 2015

Between the Lines: Public Hearings

Go read Therese's great blog

Between the Lines: Public Hearings: " If you participate in a public hearing, the ultimate result is that a permit will be granted. If you choose not to participate in a...

Monday, July 6, 2015

Info I found on the wastewater treatment plant

Info I found on the waste water treatment plant .
First where we are NOW…
City could get $13M annually
Jun. 30, 2015 @ 08:31 AM .Kathryn Trogdon
The City of Sanford could receive up to $13 million per year for the next five to seven years for the treatment of leachate from Duke Energy’s Lee and Chatham county coal ash sites.
At the Sanford City Council meeting Monday, Sanford Public Works Director Vic Czar said Charah, contractor for Duke Energy, requested an industrial discharge permit to treat the leachate from Lee County’s coal ash site, which can hold up to 8 million tons of coal ash, and possibly Chatham County’s coal ash site.
With assistance from environmental engineering consultants Hazen and Sawyer, and Fiss Environmental, city staff has designed a draft permit for Charah that they believe would protect the Big Buffalo Wastewater Treatment Plant and Deep River where the treated wastewater would be discharged.
“We are to a point [where] we are ready to issue a discharge permit to Charah,” Czar said. “We feel very confident where we are that we could treat this leachate with the permit that [Hazen and Sawyer] helped us write.”
Mary Sadler, senior associate with Hazen and Sawyer, said the city anticipated Charah would discharge a maximum of 200 gallons of leachate per minute — nearly 300,000 gallons per day.
Sanford City Manager Hal Hewer said the city quoted Charah 13 cents per gallon based on rates the city charges other industries for the use of the wastewater treatment plant, but Charah has still expressed interest in moving forward up to this point.
“We’ve treated them just as we would any other industry at this point,” he said. “At this time, they feel like they can meet the standards that we would impose.
While the city could gain a maximum of $13 million per year, Hewer said it would likely be a lot less depending on rainfall.
As part of the permit, limitations would be placed on the amount of each of the more than 20 pollutants to be tested for in the leachate, which Charah and the city of Sanford would monitor.
“We don’t let any more into the treatment plant than can be removed adequately to protect the [receiving] stream,” Ned Fiss, owner of Fiss Environmental Solutions, said.
But some city council members, including Councilman Jimmy Haire, said they wanted to be sure the drinking water would be protected.
“What we do here is going to impact everybody to Wilmington that takes their drinking water from the Cape Fear River,” he said.
Out of about 20 local residents that attended the meeting, several, including Chatham County resident John Wagner, said they were concerned about treatment of the materials that could be present in the leachate.
“None of the mentions of all the different [pollutants] that you have there include radioactive materials,” he said.
Czar said the draft permit had already been submitted to Charah, but he was unsure of when the final approval would take place.
--
These are not full articles just highlights of Many articles I went through.
1.     March 7 2015: During a recent study, city staff also looked into the existing sewer system to identify sewer lines that may need to expand, which would equate to $33 million worth of improvements.
These needed improvements are not unique to Sanford, but Czar said it still must be addressed. He added that a wastewater study was done on future growth areas, and if all of the targeted spots were fully developed and connected to the existing sewer system, it would equate to $115 million worth of sewer expansion needs.
“Growth has its cost on the existing system,” he said.

2.     LETTER: Citizens pay the price Aug. 20, 2014 @ 04:58 AM
To the Editor: from Judy Hogan ,Moncure
Most folks in Sanford and southeastern Chatham County know that our water comes via Sanford from the Cape Fear River. The intake for Sanford’s water is just below where the old Cape Fear coal-burning plant’s five coal ash ponds are leaking into a tributary of the river.
Last May, Duke Energy’s employees pumped wastewater from those ponds right into that tributary, arguing they were merely doing maintenance work. The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, however, fined them. The N.C. legislature is having trouble requiring a complete cleanup of the 33 North Carolina coal ash impoundments, all of which are leaking into our rivers and hence into our water supplies. The polluter, our Duke Energy statewide electric utility, refuses to pay, and the legislature shows no interest in requiring serious cleanup, which would cost at least $1 billion.
Once again, we pay the price in our health and with our lives while the rich corporation, on which we depend for electricity, ignores their responsibility for years of neglecting coal ash waste, which is also toxic if breathed. I see photos in the newspaper of Duke Energy giving money to schools and charities, but what about being a truly good neighbor and taking care of the problem they created and have foisted on their customers, while raising the rates, of course? If they care about our children, let them clean up their coal ash messes to demonstrate they don’t want to kill us off.
3.     City reports wastewater spills , Mar. 09, 2014 From Staff Reports SANFORD —More than 6,700 gallons of wastewater spilled from various manholes throughout the city Friday, according to a state-mandated report from the city of Sanford. The spills, reportedly caused by the recent weather conditions, occurred on Third, Rose, Makepeace and Market streets and Maple Avenue.
“An estimated total of 6,890 gallons of untreated wastewater spilled into the Big Buffalo and Little Buffalo Creek in the Cape Fear River Basin,” according to the report. The site was raked and limed.
The Division of Water Quality and local media outlets were contacted Saturday. http://www.sanfordherald.com/news/leecounty/x398964968/City-reports-wastewater-spills  
4.     Jun. 11, 2013 Weather causes wastewater spills; no public health risk, officials say
Approximately 5,900 gallons of wastewater spilled into various locations near downtown Sanford on Friday due to heavy rain, city officials reported — adding that the public is not in any danger.
http://www.sanfordherald.com/news/x1463427011/Weather-causes-wastewater-spills-no-public-health-risk-officials-say

1.     Lee, Sanford leaders foresee advantages to Chatham Park
A few hours before Pittsboro town officials voted Monday night to approve Chatham Park, several Sanford and Lee County officials also spoke about opportunities to profit from the massive development locally.
At a joint meeting of Sanford City Council and Lee County Board of Commissioners members, the county proposed transferring a state-of-the-art wastewater lift station on Colon Road to the city. http://www.sanfordherald.com/news/x2105768646/Lee-Sanford-leaders-foresee-advantages-to-Chatham-Park

2.     BIG BUFFALO WASTEWATER PLANT: Officials: Expansion poises city for growth Nov. 01, 2014  Kathryn Trogdon | The Sanford Herald
City and county officials and staff cut the ceremonial ribbon Friday to commemorate the completion of the Big Buffalo Wastewater Treatment Plant expansion, which officials touted as a huge step in Sanford’s economic development plan. The wastewater facility treats waste from 18,000 residents, 15 schools and 15 industries in Sanford. The Big Buffalo expansion project was a $48 million undertaking to increase the plant’s capacity. Before the expansion, the facility could treat up to 6.8 million gallons of wastewater per day, but it now can handle up to 12 million gallons.   Plant Superintendent Scott Siletzky said with the expansion, the plant now can support treatment for a population twice the current size. Another expansion would be needed once the treatment plant hits 80 percent capacity. But that prospect probably is at least 20 years away, as the plant is at about 40 percent capacity now, said Chief Operator Jeff Cummings.
Sanford Mayor Chet Mann said this project was the result of the city moving in the right direction to encourage more business to come to Lee County.
“This facility will lead the way in our economic development,” he said. “I think that decision will be paying us back when we’re all old and gray.”
 People often don’t think of what happens to water after they use it, Cummings said. But people can help the plant by taking simple steps like not washing grease down the drain. Facility staff, he said, even created an informal phrase to emphasize this. When you flush, think of us.”


to the pdf of CITY OF SANFORD  plan go here Draft Workshop Presentation

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

IS BIG BUFFALO WASTEWATER PLANT ready for Coal Ash Leachate?


Info I found on the waste water treatment plant .
First where we are NOW…
City could get $13M annually
Jun. 30, 2015 @ 08:31 AM .Kathryn Trogdon
The City of Sanford could receive up to $13 million per year for the next five to seven years for the treatment of leachate from Duke Energy’s Lee and Chatham county coal ash sites.
At the Sanford City Council meeting Monday, Sanford Public Works Director Vic Czar said Charah, contractor for Duke Energy, requested an industrial discharge permit to treat the leachate from Lee County’s coal ash site, which can hold up to 8 million tons of coal ash, and possibly Chatham County’s coal ash site.
With assistance from environmental engineering consultants Hazen and Sawyer, and Fiss Environmental, city staff has designed a draft permit for Charah that they believe would protect the Big Buffalo Wastewater Treatment Plant and Deep River where the treated wastewater would be discharged.
“We are to a point [where] we are ready to issue a discharge permit to Charah,” Czar said. “We feel very confident where we are that we could treat this leachate with the permit that [Hazen and Sawyer] helped us write.”
Mary Sadler, senior associate with Hazen and Sawyer, said the city anticipated Charah would discharge a maximum of 200 gallons of leachate per minute — nearly 300,000 gallons per day.
Sanford City Manager Hal Hewer said the city quoted Charah 13 cents per gallon based on rates the city charges other industries for the use of the wastewater treatment plant, but Charah has still expressed interest in moving forward up to this point.
“We’ve treated them just as we would any other industry at this point,” he said. “At this time, they feel like they can meet the standards that we would impose.
While the city could gain a maximum of $13 million per year, Hewer said it would likely be a lot less depending on rainfall.
As part of the permit, limitations would be placed on the amount of each of the more than 20 pollutants to be tested for in the leachate, which Charah and the city of Sanford would monitor.
“We don’t let any more into the treatment plant than can be removed adequately to protect the [receiving] stream,” Ned Fiss, owner of Fiss Environmental Solutions, said.
But some city council members, including Councilman Jimmy Haire, said they wanted to be sure the drinking water would be protected.
“What we do here is going to impact everybody to Wilmington that takes their drinking water from the Cape Fear River,” he said.
Out of about 20 local residents that attended the meeting, several, including Chatham County resident John Wagner, said they were concerned about treatment of the materials that could be present in the leachate.
“None of the mentions of all the different [pollutants] that you have there include radioactive materials,” he said.
Czar said the draft permit had already been submitted to Charah, but he was unsure of when the final approval would take place.
--
The rest of these are just part of articles at the Sanford Herald going back a few years.

1.     March 7 2015: During a recent study, city staff also looked into the existing sewer system to identify sewer lines that may need to expand, which would equate to $33 million worth of improvements.
These needed improvements are not unique to Sanford, but Czar said it still must be addressed. He added that a wastewater study was done on future growth areas, and if all of the targeted spots were fully developed and connected to the existing sewer system, it would equate to $115 million worth of sewer expansion needs.
“Growth has its cost on the existing system,” he said.



BIG BUFFALO WASTEWATER PLANT: Officials: Expansion poises city for growth 
Nov. 01, 2014  Kathryn Trogdon    | The Sanford Herald
City and county officials and staff cut the ceremonial ribbon Friday to commemorate the completion of the Big Buffalo Wastewater Treatment Plant expansion, which officials touted as a huge step in Sanford’s economic development plan. The wastewater facility treats waste from 18,000 residents, 15 schools and 15 industries in Sanford. The Big Buffalo expansion project was a $48 million undertaking to increase the plant’s capacity. Before the expansion, the facility could treat up to 6.8 million gallons of wastewater per day, but it now can handle up to 12 million gallons.   Plant Superintendent Scott Siletzky said with the expansion, the plant now can support treatment for a population twice the current size. Another expansion would be needed once the treatment plant hits 80 percent capacity. But that prospect probably is at least 20 years away, as the plant is at about 40 percent capacity now, said Chief Operator Jeff Cummings.
Sanford Mayor Chet Mann said this project was the result of the city moving in the right direction to encourage more business to come to Lee County.
“This facility will lead the way in our economic development,” he said. “I think that decision will be paying us back when we’re all old and gray.”
 People often don’t think of what happens to water after they use it, Cummings said. But people can help the plant by taking simple steps like not washing grease down the drain. Facility staff, he said, even created an informal phrase to emphasize this.
 “When you flush, think of us.”

2.     Among the search was this from Judy Hogan of Moncure ...NOW fighting Coal Ash from coming to the Moncure brickyard at http://www.nocoalash.org/
LETTER to editor : Citizens pay the price Aug. 20, 2014 
To the Editor: 
Most folks in Sanford and southeastern Chatham County know that our water comes via Sanford from the Cape Fear River. The intake for Sanford’s water is just below where the old Cape Fear coal-burning plant’s five coal ash ponds are leaking into a tributary of the river.
Last May, Duke Energy’s employees pumped wastewater from those ponds right into that tributary, arguing they were merely doing maintenance work. The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, however, fined them. The N.C. legislature is having trouble requiring a complete cleanup of the 33 North Carolina coal ash impoundments, all of which are leaking into our rivers and hence into our water supplies. The polluter, our Duke Energy statewide electric utility, refuses to pay, and the legislature shows no interest in requiring serious cleanup, which would cost at least $1 billion.
Once again, we pay the price in our health and with our lives while the rich corporation, on which we depend for electricity, ignores their responsibility for years of neglecting coal ash waste, which is also toxic if breathed. I see photos in the newspaper of Duke Energy giving money to schools and charities, but what about being a truly good neighbor and taking care of the problem they created and have foisted on their customers, while raising the rates, of course? If they care about our children, let them clean up their coal ash messes to demonstrate they don’t want to kill us off.

.     Lee, Sanford leaders foresee advantages to Chatham Park Jun. 11, 2014
A few hours before Pittsboro town officials voted Monday night to approve Chatham Park, several Sanford and Lee County officials also spoke about opportunities to profit from the massive development locally.
At a joint meeting of Sanford City Council and Lee County Board of Commissioners members, the county proposed transferring a state-of-the-art wastewater lift station on Colon Road to the city. http://www.sanfordherald.com/news/x2105768646/Lee-Sanford-leaders-foresee-advantages-to-Chatham-Park

3.     City reports wastewater spills , Mar. 09, 2014 From Staff Reports SANFORD —More than 6,700 gallons of wastewater spilled from various manholes throughout the city Friday, according to a state-mandated report from the city of Sanford. The spills, reportedly caused by the recent weather conditions, occurred on Third, Rose, Makepeace and Market streets and Maple Avenue.
“An estimated total of 6,890 gallons of untreated wastewater spilled into the Big Buffalo and Little Buffalo Creek in the Cape Fear River Basin,” according to the report. The site was raked and limed.
The Division of Water Quality and local media outlets were contacted Saturday. http://www.sanfordherald.com/news/leecounty/x398964968/City-reports-wastewater-spills  
4.     Jun. 11, 2013 Weather causes wastewater spills; no public health risk, officials say
Approximately 5,900 gallons of wastewater spilled into various locations near downtown Sanford on Friday due to heavy rain, city officials reported — adding that the public is not in any danger.

SO what do you think about all this ?
Lee County and Chatham folks are fighting to STOP THIS COAL ASH DUMP .




Big Buffalo WasteWater Treatment Plant Visitor Exhibits from Design Dimension on Vimeo.

Coming Part 2 asap where will the SLUDGE go ...
hint watch out Chatham County ...

Monday, June 15, 2015

PCB dumping on NC roadways

I was reminded of this dumping reading a post on facebook that asked Who remembers the PCB spill that was illegally dumped along the roadside down highway 87 by Oakwood Trailer Park and where wal mart is now. I was renting a mobile home in Oakwood at the time and remember seeing the black substance along the shoulder of the road."

So I did some searching ? Did it ever get cleaned up ? Was this the PCB waste they dumped on Warren County ? yep it seems so .

Hundreds of residents were arrested in sustained protests, and there were several years of legal challenges. But the state succeeded in building the landfill and filling it with 13,000 truckloads of PCB dirt in 1982.

Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/counties/wake-county/article10027130.html#storylink=cpy
Way back then ....

United States v. Ward

Order:
During the summer of 1978, officials in the State of North Carolina discovered that the shoulders of many miles of rural roadside had been sprayed with an oily substance laced with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), a toxic substance. Investigation revealed that the PCBs had been deliberately sprayed along the roadside from a truck equipped for that purpose by Robert Burns and his two sons. The source of the chemical proved to be Ward Transformer Company (WTC), a Raleigh, North Carolina enterprise engaged in the business of buying, rebuilding and reselling used voltage transformers. This process resulted in waste PCBs, a liquid used extensively in transformers because of its high ignition temperature or "flash point."
Robert Earl Ward, Jr. (Ward), Chairman of the Board of WTC, was indicted by state officials for malicious damage to real property as a result of some of the spills and was later acquitted....
MORE HERE 
https://elr.info/sites/default/files/litigation/14.20804.htm

“PCBs do not degrade very easily,” said Nile Testerman, an environmental engineer with the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources. “They’re always there. Once they’re in an environment, they’re hard to get out.”
 If they’re feeding it to their children or their pregnant wives, then there’s a real problem,” Starr said. “A child who has been eating the fish for 10 years, that’s where you’re going to start to see the health impacts.”

Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/counties/wake-county/article10027130.html#storylink=cpy


The latest info I could find on it was this Headlines....July 2014:  Toxic cleanup shifts from dirt near RDU to region’s streams, lakes


Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/counties/wake-county/article10027130.html#storylink=cpy

An 8-acre mound of dirt is all that remains after an $82 million cleanup at the site of Ward Transformer Co., the Triangle’s nastiest industrial polluter. But Ward’s half-century legacy of toxic PCB contamination will linger in the Raleigh area for years to come in creeks and lakes from Raleigh-Durham International Airport west of the city to the Neuse River on the east side....


Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/counties/wake-county/article10027130.html#storylink=cpy

Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/counties/wake-county/article10027130.html#storylink=cpy
http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/counties/wake-county/article10027130.html

environmental racism. That term was coined after the disastrous PCB spill in North Carolina, when a disposal contractor dumped close to 13,000 gallons of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) along 210 miles of road in 14 different counties. The state chose Warren County, NC, as the place to build the landfill to bury all of the contaminated soil. This county was one of ninety different sites considered for the PCB disposal, and it just so happens that Warren had a higher percentage of African-American residents than any other county in the state.
Try typing 'North Carolina environmental racism' you will sadly find it is Still going on strong !  

like this one 
http://www.workers.org/articles/2014/02/01/environmental-racism-grows-north-carolina/
or 
http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/05/29/fracking-coal-waste-naacp-confronts-environmental-racism-north-carolina

Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/community/chapel-hill-news/chn-opinion/article19752372.html#storylink=cpy

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Pissed off Fracking test driller Patterson

Bertrand M. Gutierrez made my day with this video 

Yep Fracking test driller Russ Patterson got peaced off quick when the reporter asked him "why they started early and a few simple questions !

What has he got to hide?



Fracking test drilling begins ahead of schedule in Walnut Cove - Winston-Salem Journal: Local News

Here's video from earlier today !

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Tell the Service It Must Do Better for Bats



Charah included a brief mention of the Northern Long Eared Bat in the environmental report that it filed:


  “Suitable summer habitat for the Northern long – eared bat does exist within the proposed site and permanent removal of forested habitat may adversely affect this species.

However at the time, the bat had not been declared a Federally Endangered Species.  In the report, it stated that - if - the bat became an official endangered species, then:


"The timing of tree clearing activities at the site may be affected once the final listing decision is made.  Once listed, a moratorium on tree cutting could go into effect from approximately May 15th to August 15th." 

Now, it IS a protected species, but the US Fish and Wildlife Service is responding to corporate pressures and it considering reducing the protections that the bat will get.  That is why having as many people as possible send in the form letter is so important during this public comment period. 
We might be able to get full protection for the bat - and we should get some limits placed on Charah's damages. 

Tell the Service It Must Do Better for Bats

Saturday, May 30, 2015

There's an AshHole coming in our backyard!

There's an Ash Hole coming in our backyard!
 Or at least they think they are ! It won't be without a fight though!.
We are learning from others what Can happen if we don't Raise Hell Now! 
We will live in it later ! 
June 18th we will have guest here in Sanford NC from Alabama thanks to BREDL.org !
Adam Johnston of Alabama Rivers and Esther Calhoun from Uniontown Alabama are coming to NC ! 
We are still working on a place and time to have them speak with us all. 
Here is an article that features them both 
http://earthjustice.org/blog/2013-december/five-years-later-and-the-story-of-the-tva-spill-continues

Uniontown, Alabama is located in Perry County, a part of the South with a vibrant civil rights history. Not only was Perry County the home of both civil rights martyr Jimmie Lee Jackson and Coretta Scott King, but local residents also report the town had some of the most peaceful race relations in Alabama during that tumultuous period.
Yet, 50 years after the historic march from nearby Selma to Montgomery, residents are still fighting for equity. This Memorial Day weekend, SACE was in Uniontown for “Building Bridges for Justice,” a community workshop near the site of the infamous Arrowhead Landfill. The landfill holds 3.5 million cubic yards of toxic coal ash removed from the disastrous coal ash spill in Kingston, Tennessee.
- See more at: Uniontown, AL: Community with civil rights legacy demanding justice


This was Uploaded on Mar 2, 2011
A bill to allow the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) to regulate coal ash in landfills passed the Commerce and Small Business Committee unanimously on March 2, 2011. Citizens from Perry County were there to press for coal ash to be regulated as hazardous material instead of solid waste.


I REALLY think we need to make a video like this one below ASAP !

There's an Ash Hole in my backyard!Uploaded on Jul 9, 2009

ashholes.org is an organization of concerned citizens working to raise awareness of environmental injustice. Minority communities around the USA are often targeted as "easy solutions" to toxic problems and are much more likely to live and/or work near factories, waste facilities and landfills. We think this is unfair we hope you do, too. 



then 
Uniontown Alabama Landfill
Published on Dec 19, 2012
Testimony of some residents of Uniontown, Alabama that were impacted by a landfill project that reeks not only of household waste, but the shady dealings that turned the site into hundreds of acres of unregulated hazardous waste mountains brought from an EPA disaster area in Tennessee. It is and has destroyed the town and lives of these people. Beware, this company is projecting additional sites across the country and if unchecked, may affect you in the future.




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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Civil Rights in my lifetime as an American mutt

I dedicate this blog to the strong activist of my life ,my Mother Patricia Ann (George) Gonzales , Gramma Luizia (Copeland) George ,  and the many others I work with now ... I am scared to try to name them all  in fear i may forget someone . 

I found this blog called 

A Voice For All Unpeople

It had a great story there I want to share http://paullavack.blogspot.com/2015/02/what-we-get-right.html

This is a piece of the story that really got me remembering how far we have come ,YET how far we have to go. 
It also reminded me "why I am an activist " and now a proud member of 
EnvironmentaLEE.org a chapter of BREDL.org . 



I'm a person with a serious physical disability. Had I been bore a generation or two before, there's a very good chance I would have been institutionalized early in life. Imagine a life long prison sentence having done nothing wrong! Going to school, getting a job and living independently would have been out of the question. I owe much of my success in life to The Disability Rights Movement. 'Here ' is a brief overview. I think this goes hand in hand with The Civil Rights MovementHere in the USA, most places are handicapped accessible. That means I don't have to rely on others to get where I want to go. There are other countries that also do a good job, but world-wide there is still a long way to go. Later on in life Dr. King expanded the struggle of racial equality to include advocating for the poor. I'm hoping we have about bottomed out and the growing income inequality gap will start to slow and swing the other way. Surely, some people in power must know how explosive this could get. 

Reading this statement above brought back a flood of memories. Some good some not.
Being a mixed poor child of the 60's, raised by a single mom , with a younger sibling too . My mother got loving support from her mother Luizia George , but not much from the rest of the world. 
 See it was better in that time for my mother to give me away than have illegitimate children to DISGRACE the family name ! But she kept us ! 
My grandmother was my first activist to inspire my life , she always fought hard for the underdogs/ UnPEOPLE of her world . 
 For that I have great gratitude , respect and admiration of my 'Gramma' and Mother too! 
My Gramma in glasses with my mom (blonde) in front of her .

My earliest memory of prejudice behavior was watching a "cross burning " in a neighboring town on the news with my gramma and seeing her start to cry . I knew the Cross was special to her and thought that was why she was crying . I said something like "Why would someone be so mean to burn a cross?" This made her cry more , because she had to tell me the Real meaning of this awful act of prejudice people.

My earliest memory of prejudice behavior toward me was before school  , being asked by Grownups  "Where did you get that hair? What are you? What Color are you ?" When I told my gramma of these questions , I seen hurt and anger in her eyes . As she'd remind me there are cruel people in this world but to remember this song " Jesus loves the little children"
All the children of the world
Red, brown, yellow
Black and white
They are precious in His sight.
Jesus loves the little children
Of the world.

I am the curly head in the middle age 1 .
 By the time I was about 6 or 7 years old , my answer to such questions was , "I'm an American ", like the melting pot of America I have a mixture in me .

After being asked 'What Color are you ?' too dang many times , I thought often of the song ,Gramma sang to me . 
So I mixed those song colors together with fingerpaints adding Blue for the "blue bloods " I had heard of and came up with my color "Purple"

My first memory of my activism , I was around 8 , taking up for a homeless man another child was picking on . I remember , my mother making that man sandwiches too !

After hearing the definition of mutt from a farmer saying something like ... "they got mixed blood which is good because those dogs are more loyal and don't tend to be weak to disease like them pure breeds ."
So I picked mutt as my "What I am "
and Purple for "my color" by the time I was about 8 years old .
Ironically when I just checked the Urban dictionary I found this ...
MUTT http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=mutt
1) A person of mixed racial descent. 
2) A dog of many mixed breeds.

Many years and reasons has kept me in the fight for Justice for the People . Pre
 Some of the causes have changed through the years but sadly some are still haunting us still to this day .
But when the day came in 2012 I sat in front of my TV and watched OUR new PRESIDENT (who shares the same B-day as me ) say "Mutt like me" I actually cried ! I was one proud American Mutt!





So here I am in my 50's and some of my heroes are local activist I have met in the last few years that fight for Social and Environmental Justice for the future generations as well as ours .
I am proud to say I helped create and am a member of http://www.environmentalee.org/ a chapter of a 30+ year organization that has fought and won many fights for THE PEOPLE ,
BLUE RIDGE ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE LEAGUE  http://www.bredl.org/

Our biggest fights local are fracking and coal ash dumping in Lee and Chatham counties .
You can follow our fight and even help here https://www.facebook.com/EnvironmentaLEE
and here too...  twitter https://twitter.com/EnvironmentaLEE
I also help out when I can with a number of other Justice warriors like our local Lee County NAACP which helped host a Moral Monday event here in Sanford . Here is a video of that Lee/Chatham County Moral Monday on @livestream: http://livestream.com/accounts/5188266/events/4022280/videos/86191170

LAST but not least , we are doing a fundraiser to gather legal funds to fight Duke Energy , yes That Duke Energy ... We the people do not believe they are TOO Big to be held accountable !
Help balance the scales of justice!
Duke Energy is proposing to dump toxic coal ash in Lee and Chatham Counties, North Carolina. Lee County is already ground zero for fracking, and the North Carolina General Assembly stripped local governments of their ability to control fracking or coal ash dumping in their communities. These activities threaten health, the environment, and property rights. We are raising funds for a possible legal challenge to Duke Energy's plan. 


Saturday, April 25, 2015

Benzene diet? No, thanks. California farmers angry at fracking wastewate...


this is scary ...
They will pollute and destroy their water supply, then they will come for ours... All for the love of money.
https://youtu.be/aJYX0-H6R9E

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

My speech to DENR at the April 13th Public Coal Hearing


Below is the full speech I wrote for the DENR hearing , because was nervous I could not finish it in 3 minutes . I am going to work on a shorter version for Thursday night in Pittsboro but intend to send in to DENR also .

I you need info on writing in before May 16 please go here . Or ask and I'll send you info . Facebook notes or here  


My name is Terica Luxton, I have lived here in Sanford nearly 40 years.
 I have 2 sons and grandchildren that live extremely near Both of the proposed coal ash dumps for Lee and Chatham
They are between them on Lower Moncure Rd, by a few miles but As the crow and coal ash fly
They are right in the center of the traffic area of the trucks and Railroads that will carry that toxic waste to the megadumps.
They say pictures say a thousand words,
I wish I could have made a copy of these pictures big enough for the whole audience to see, but unlike Duke Energy and Charah Inc. my budget is limited.
I will be here all night and be glad to show them to anyone .
Or you can go to environmentaLEE.org and find them too.

Picture 1 Came from Charah’s own website explaining this proposed site saying
Introduction … This is facility plan to reclaim the Colon Mine Site located in Lee County, NC with coal combustion products(CCP) structural fill. The mine, once complete, will be reclaimed by ENCAPSULATING CCPs in a lined containment in order to RE_ESTABLISH the mine contours to a USEFUL design.
SO THEY STARTED OUT WITH A LIE






Picture 2 shows a map of the proposed COAL ASH DUMP . They call it a reclamation but this is not! This is closer to a Land DESECRATION...
Desecration meaning: is the act of depriving something of its sacred character, or the disrespectful, contemptuous, or destructive treatment of that which is held to be sacred or holy by a group or individual.
“Our families, animals, land, water and air is our life!”
Should that not be considered IMPORTANT?



Picture 3: shows
71% of the land they want to put coal ash on has never been dug for clay! ….Or “mined as they call it”



Picture 4 from charah’s map  
There is a graveyard there with many family members of Mckinley Johnson , an African American World  war One soldier .
 One of those members was Dicey Johnson a historically brave lady . Who after being dragged from her house in front of her children and taking 50 lashes from the KKK, took them to court in Raleigh.  
We are fighting for their rights to REST IN PEACE, as they fought for our rights.
To live safely in our homes .To not be bullied into allowing HARM of any sort coming to our families and communities. Let us keep our right to be safe from this dump being put on our WATERSHED!


Picture 5
The Red is where 118 acres has been dug for clay there .
VERY little of that Red is in their 118 acres of SO CALLED RECLAMATION.
The yellow shows The areas they intend to make their Mega Dump .
Right beside the graves .

Please don’t let them risk our livelihood, many of us depend on water wells , the land to grow food , animals and of course the air to breath.
Others have businesses that will fail with the stigma of Lee County being a Coal Ash Mega Dump. Real Estate sales and Property values will go down.
Sadly history shows MONEY TALKS and peoples voices have a hard time being heard over the money being thrown around here
But Please consider the value of the people over the value of the dollar this time!

Don’t let them dump on our children’s future.
Thanks for listening .

Well that was it . 

here is some pics from the event !