The notorious track record of Shelton, its Mayor Cronce and his minions when it comes to deliberately exposing the town’s health to the extremely pernicious effects of DIOXIN has now finally been challenged in court for violating its mandate to protect the community from precisely the kind of predatory crimes against humanity routinely committed by Simpson (aka Green Diamond) with the city’s blessings.
The City of Shelton has never officially closed its ‘C’ Street dump after years of accepting Dioxin saturated waste from Simpson and even having been informed the timber behemoth has used the municipal sewers to dispose of its Dioxin waste. After having been caught polluting federal waterways with Dioxin by the U.S. Government, Simpson then proceeded to shift the toxic burden to Shelton’s public city dump and other unregulated ‘private’ sites near the Matlock area, et ux, as it sought a cheap but illegal means of disposing of its poisonous wastes that are as seriously toxic as the Hanford site, perhaps worse.
A handful of local citizens wouldn’t take no for an answer from their elected officials trying to dodge the issue and responsibility. Washington State’s Dept. of Ecology had offered Shelton funds to study the extent of the pollution in the city’s dump and environs. Rather than accept the gift, Cronce and the city council opined they’d rather refuse the money than possibly be held accountable for cleaning up a hole they were not only instrumental in creating, but continue to insist on digging (more incinerator permits to the very corporate dog that bit them in the 1st place). There is currently NO state sponsored mechanism for monitoring the Dioxin already present, leaching into the city harbor, or being emitted from current/future operations on the waterfront…nor are there any plans to remedy that lack of monitoring in the future or require Simpson (‘Green Diamond’) to do so.
Cronce & Co. are prime examples of the principle that in the public sector, incompetence is as pernicious as corruption. Unfortunately, we get the government we deserve. Incredibly, Cronce was recently narrowly reelected to a position he’s unqualified to hold.
Shelton easily remains the cancer capitol of Washington State.
CITIZEN ENVIRONMENTAL LAWSUIT FILED AGAINST SHELTON
Cc: Greg Wingard
Subject: Press Release: Citizens’ Group Files Suit to Enforce Cleanup and Closure Regulations at Shelton’s Historic Town Dump
Citizens’ Group Files Suit to Enforce Cleanup and Closure Regulations
at Shelton’s Historic Town Dump
Contacts: Greg Wingard, Waste Action Project 206-849-5927 firstname.lastname@example.org
Meredith Crafton, Smith & Lowney 206-860-0858 email@example.com
December 23, 2015 (Seattle, WA) – Waste Action Project, represented by Smith & Lowney, PLLC, has filed suit against the City of Shelton, Washington to enforce closure regulations at the City’s historic C Street dump.
Owned and operated by the City of Shelton, the ‘C’ Street Dump, also known as the Shelton Landfill, began operations around 1928 at the site of a former gravel pit. The ‘C’ Street Dump is unlined and operated as an un-permitted open dump, receiving and burning industrial and municipal waste, including sewage sludge, bag house ash [primary source of DIOXIN], industrial and military chemicals, and residential waste until at least 1986. The dump site has not been properly closed or covered violating numerous state and federal solid and hazardous waste regulations enacted under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, 42 U.S.C. § 6901 et. seq. (RCRA). Toxic substances including dioxins, furans, solvents, PCB’s, acetone, petroleum products, tributyltin, pesticides, semi-volatile organic compounds (SVOCs), wood waste chemicals, and [heavy] metals (aluminum, arsenic, cadmium, chromium, copper, lead, mercury and zinc) contaminate the soil and, likely, groundwater at the dump, which is located in a critical aquifer recharge area.
“With plans for the proposed Shelton Hills Development, we want to ensure the City of Shelton fulfills its obligations to protect our citizens and their children from further exposure to toxic waste dumped here for decades,” said Will Durham, Waste Action Project Member and Shelton resident.
To ensure proper closure of the toxic site, Waste Action Project filed a civil action for a declaratory and injunctive relief, the imposition of civil penalties, and the award of costs and fees under the citizen suit provisions of RCRA, specifically Section 6972(a)(1)(A) on December 21, 2015. This action was filed in Federal District Court for the Western District of Washington one year after Waste Action Project notified the City of its intent to sue to enforce closure regulations applicable to the ‘C’ Street Dump.
The Washington State Department of Ecology and the City of Shelton have recently begun a process for assessing the site and for remediation under the State Model Toxics Control Act. However, this process is notoriously slow, and both the City and Ecology have failed to acknowledge an accurate history of the site and closure requirements.
Waste Action Project is a non-profit, public interest, environmental advocacy organization with members who are concerned about the health and safety of their communities, environment, watershed, and sea life.
Greg Wingard, Executive Director of Waste Action Project, stated “After nearly 30 years of failure to meet landfill closure requirements and protect residents and the environment, it is long past time to hold Shelton responsible. That is what this litigation seeks to do. Proper closure and cleanup of this site is crucial.”
Federal Lawsuit filed against the City of Shelton—>01-0 WAP_Shelton_Complaint
(Waste Action Project v. City of Shelton)
[Case 3:15-cv-05930-JRC Document 1 Filed 12/21/15]
Meredith Crafton, Esq.
Smith & Lowney, PLLC
2317 E. John St.
Seattle, WA 98112
Office Phone: (206) 860-2883
Direct Line: (206) 805-0858
Fax: (206) 860-4187