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The message to deliver is "I urgently need your help.  The McLean County Board is considering proposals that will allow three gravel pits to operate within 500 feet of our elementary school and nearby houses.  The public does not want this to happen, but the board doesn't seem to be listening.  The McLean County Zoning Board of appeals has already approved changes that will allow the operations.  The gravel pits will be directly across from our school and make toxic air pollution, noise and dirt that the trucks hauling the gravel create.  There are several neighborhoods within three miles of the purposed pits that would be negatively affected.  No independent environmental impact studies have been done--only studies from the gravel pit operators' paid "experts".  The next vote is Tuesday, September 15th.  I need your immediate help fighting this!  Please contact the McLean County Board and speak out against the gravel pits to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the residents of Bloomington, Illinois.  This ordinance sets a dangerous precedence for all of the citizens of Illinois.  I would like the gravel permits to be denied, but strongly request that the following studies suggested by the EPA be conducted before the gravel pit permits are issued.

In view of the close proximity of public residences, the following studies should be conducted by objective government agencies prior to consideration of the gravel pit proposal: 
  • An environmental study, including impact to groundwater, the water table, and aquifer and potential impact to local drinking water including well water and city water supply shall be carried out.
  • A particle size analysis shall be carried out for the project area.
  • An analysis of the deposit material with particular attention to the silica level and the PM 2.5 fraction shall be conducted.
  • An analysis of the impacts to air quality from the release of Radon and other dangerous gases shall be carried out.
  • Dust modeling, taking into account prevailing wind patterns shall be carried out.
  • Noise modeling shall be carried out.
  • particle size analysis shall be carried out for the project area.
For your consideration...
Jack Barnette, EPA Chief for Radiation and Indoor Air, visited the a school in the Spring of 1999. This is what he told the city:
"One obvious problem was the amount of dust and sand that had accumulated near the doors and windows of the school. The principle source of dust was the gravel pit that was adjacent to the school property."  The letter continues, "The maintenance staff told me that they cleaned up the dust and sand everyday. They also indicated that dust from the pit impacted the school or the playground on a regular basis. Though the indoor conditions of the school suggested a well maintained facility, the outdoor source, that is, the gravel pit, was definitely having a negative impact on the building and grounds of this institution." ( Valley View School, McHenry County. Letter. Jack Barnette. September 17, 2002)

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