MEDIA ROUND-UP – Citizens tell City Council they want Exide out of Frisco
Some wore smokestack hats, and others wore “No Exide” signs, and during the Dec. 6 Frisco City Council meeting, citizen after citizen told city officials that they wanted the Exide lead smelter – which sits in the heart of the community – gone.
Repeating well-established scientific research that there is no safe level of lead exposure for humans, Frisco residents – who were allowed to give five-minute presentations – cited serious, detailed health concerns about the highly toxic cocktail of lead, arsenic, cadmium and other chemicals that has spewed daily from the aging, poorly maintained plant’s smokestacks for almost 50 years. They expressed concern about the smelter’s lead dust and its ongoing contamination of the community’s air, soil and water, citing comprehensive reports and resulting enforcement actions by both the EPA and the TCEQ.
“Downright reckless leadership”
One citizen told officials that going ahead with plans for the 275-acre Grand Park, which sits less than two miles southwest of the Exide lead smelter, would be “a terrible idea”, and “downright reckless of leadership.” A $60 million development that recently was announced for Frisco Square will add to already existing office, housing and retail units, all less than one mile from the Exide plant.
Parents shared stories of children with elevated blood lead levels, and about guidance from local pediatricians for frequent testing and the need to ensure children wash their hands after being outside in areas surrounding the plant so as not to ingest the lead dust that falls.
Citizens also requested that city officials pursue avenues such as amortization. They told city officials that the Exide lead smelter – the only one left in Texas – is not compatible with the growing community, especially when 35% of its population is comprised of young children, who are at highest risk from lead’s toxicity.
Mark Your Calendar Now for Dec. 27th Council/Planning & Zoning Meeting – Ask Officials to Pick Frisco over Exide
There’s a combined city council/planning and zoning meeting on December 27th, which will provide the City the opportunity to take the appropriate actions asked for by citizens.
Please contact the Mayor, City Manager, City Attorney, Council and Planning & Zoning Commission members to encourage them to put the best interests of Frisco citizens above a Georgia-based, global corporation that has a well-documented and repeated track record of contaminating communities around the world, and employing a variety of bullying tactics when those communities stand up for the health and welfare of their residents.
For more information, check out the round-up of local media coverage below about the Dec. 6 city council meeting.
KERA – 90.1 FM
Dallas Morning News – Frisco Blog