Thursday, October 22, 2009

Recall for Jeff Lang

From Sue Kessler:

Hi Everyone,

Thanks to all who want to help with the recall. One of the best ways to help is to circulate a petition among your neighbors. I have a link below in which you can print a recall petition. You must fill it out exactly as I have listed below. Please read the attachment carefully regarding the rules to circulate a petition. The most important thing is that you must witness the signature and be sure that the person signing is a resident of Burlington Township. Be sure that the signature is legible and in handwriting (not printed). We cannot leave these petitions in places like Hunny Tree so we will need everyone to try to get as many signatures as possible. You must sign the petition at the bottom as "Circulator" and date it. Everything must be done legally or the signatures do not count. If you can bring some completed petitions to the signing at Winkler on Saturday, that would be great. After that, John and / or I will be at Winkler on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 7:30 to pick up petitions as they are completed. Please keep these petitions secure. We need 700 signatures but I think that as a group, this is easily achievable. Thanks for all your help and we hope to see you all on Saturday from 9:00 to 2:00 at Winkler's school.

1. print page 13

2. Fill in the following

To: Leave Blank

We, the undersigned qualified electors of the Town of Burlington

petition for the recall of Jeff Lang, Supervisor IV

from the office pursuant to Article XIII, Section 12 of the Wisconsin Constitution and s.9.10 of the Wisconsin Statutes

Statement for Reason for Recall:

Jeff Lang failed to listen to the community and failed to live up to his oath of office and the mission statement

Certification of Circulator

Print your name and address, date and sign the petition.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Town Board Makes It Clear....

...that fulfilling their own agenda is much more important than representing the citizens that put them in office! They approved the asphalt plant--one can only assume because it will line their own pockets (if that hasn't been done already).

This does not constitute democracy and needs exposure. I wonder if ABC's 20/20 would like to do a story on this... We need a major news outlet to do some investigations to uncover the "real' true behind our board.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

766 Signatures Against Asphalt Plant

Sue Kessler has collected 766 signatures against the asphalt plant. May this send a message to the board that all the people that elected them are against this plant.

It's time now for our voice be heard.

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Monday, August 17, 2009

Asphalt Plant Complaints

Man in Sweaty Shirt Holding Nose

The town of Salisbury, NC, logged 574 formal complaints to the city from March 11, 1999 to October 15, 2004, for NOXIOUS ODOR and associated respiratory problems. That's more than 100 complaints per year!

If our town politicans think asphalt plants don't smell and won't affect our health, they need to visit Salisbury!!!

Doctor pointing at spot on x-ray of human lung

Increased Suicide Rate Linked to Asphalt Plants

Here is an interesting study (thanks, Dr. Shea!):
Increase Suicide Rate is Possibly Linked to Chemicals Released from Nearby Asphalt Plant
from Duke
DURHAM, N.C. -- Exposure to low levels of hydrogen sulfide and possibly other airborne chemicals from nearby asphalt plants may have contributed to an increased suicide rate in a North Carolina community, a study suggests for the first time.
In 2003, the suicide rate in two Salisbury, N.C., neighborhoods was found to be 128 per 100,000 individuals a year, roughly 10 times the statewide average...

The study team reported that additional neurotoxic compounds such as benzene, chlorinated solvents and carbon disulfide, among others, were released in unknown quantities by the asphalt terminal and hot-mix asphalt plant. Carbon disulfide, also a neurotoxin, has been linked to personality changes, mood disorders and suicides in occupational settings , the researchers said.

In addition, "Some research suggests that highway workers exposed to asphalt-solvent fumes show an increase of suicide rates and brain cancers."

Is this what we want for Burlington?

Brain Cancer Studies and Asphalt

Occupational Risk Factors for Brain Cancer in Canada (Thanks, Dr. Shea!):
OBJECTIVE: We sought to examine the impact of occupational exposure on brain cancer risk.
METHODS: Mailed questionnaires were used to collect information on lifetime employment history, occupational exposure to 18 chemicals, and other risk factors for 1009 incident cases of brain cancer and 5039 control subjects in Canada in 1994 to 1997.

Cat Scan Machine In Hospital

RESULTS: People exposed to asphalt and welding had respective odds ratio (and 95% confidence interval) of 1.29 (1.02-1.62) and 1.26 (0.98-1.45). An increased risk of brain cancer might be associated with exposure to asbestos, benzene, mineral or lubricating oil, isopropyl oil, and wood dust and with following occupations: teaching; protective service; metal processing and related jobs, and metal shaping and forming; knitting in textile processing; construction trades; and transport equipment operating.

CONCLUSIONS: Our study suggests a possible role for occupational exposure in the etiology of brain cancer.

We Need Setback Rules for Asphalt Plants

Check out this FABULOUS ARTICLE titled, "Asphalt Plant Pollution"
Communities faced with an asphalt plant proposal should push for setbacks from residences and community buildings, site specific health-based
air pollution modeling and monitoring, enclosures for loading zones, and preferably a zero emissions asphalt plant, with total containment of air pollutants.
To see a list of pollutants released in Racine County already, prior to the asphalt plant, click here.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Loss of Tax Revenue if Asphalt Plant Comes

House on suburban street with For Sale sign in foreground

876 homes in the Bohner's Lake area are currently assessed at $161,864,400.

If the asphalt plant is approved, we can expect to see decreased property values. Several studies have documented this (read here). The potential decrease in assessed values at 27% (which is conversative and realistic) is $43,703,388. Some studies show property values could fall as much as 56%.

To compensate for the loss $43M loss, the town would likely have to raise the mill rate to make up for the loss, which would effect everybody in the town, including the people who live on Browns Lake.

This is not just a Bohner Lake issue. It's a town issue. If you know people in the town outside of the Bohner Lake area, you should get them involved ASAP. This will effect everyone's bottom line.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

PowerPoint Presentation to Town Board

On August 13, Sue Kessler presented an excellent presentation to the Town Board of Burlington informing them of all the reasons we should not allow a hot asphalt plant into our town.

If you missed it, you can view it

Thanks for all of your hard work, Sue, we appreciate it!

Write a Letter to the Editor

We are looking to get the Standard Press chalked full of opinions against the asphalt plant.

Please submit your thoughts in opposition of the plant to the Burlington Standard Press by Tuesday afternoon.

Man sitting in hammock reading newspaper, side view

Friday, August 14, 2009

Another Letter to the Editor

Click to read what Burlington Township resident Dan Brown has to say about the proposed asphalt plant here.

Reading a Letter

Friday, August 7, 2009

August 13th -- Presentation to Board

Please gather everyone you know and go to Town Hall on August 13th. At this time, the citizens against the asphalt plant will be presenting a slide show to the Town Board explaining to them why we don't want this in our town.

Business people in a meeting
The more people that show up, the better. Tell your neighbors, bring your kids.

Also, plan on showing your support at the Town Hall Meeting where a vote is expected on August 27th.

We need to let the elected officals know that we stand strong and united against this chemical nightmare coming here!!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Meeting at Winkler School August 6th

Citizens Against the Warren Road Asphalt Plant will hold a meeting on August 6, 2009 at Winkler School at 7:00 pm.

Woman turning page in date book

Please come to see the powerpoint presentation which will be presented to the Town Board on August 13, 2009. We will have a brainstorming session after the presentation. The decision regarding the proposed plant will be made by the Town Board on August 27, 2009 at the Town Hall. We need a strong show of support at that meeting. Please forward this invitaion to anyone else you know who is interested. Hope to see you on Aug 6.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Controversial asphalt plant vote delayed again

Our blog was mentioned in on July 22, 2009:

Neighbors opposing the project say their concerns include the long-term implications on health and environment caused by air pollution and ground water contamination; the increased number of diesel powered trucks on the roads; the loss in property values and the close proximity to a densely populated area and a elementary school.

They have launched Web site,, and are urging Amon to choose a different site.

Asphalt Plant Pollution

The federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states “Asphalt processing and asphalt roofing manufacturing facilities are major sources of hazardous air pollutants such as formaldehyde, hexane, phenol, polycyclic organic matter, and toluene. Exposure to these air toxics may cause:

  1. Cancer
  2. Central nervous system problems
  3. Liver damage
  4. Respiratory problems and skin irritation.”

    Source EPA].
"Asphalt plants are regulated because they are air pollution sources that may emit significant levels of both particulate matter and gaseous volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These pollutants are considered to be detrimental to human health . Some VOCs are suspected carcinogens."

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