In this video, The Wild Doc speaks at a local town hall meeting here in Clarksville, TN regarding a lead battery factory they want to bring to town. He reads from several research articles confirming the harms and risk of lead exposure at any level.
In the meeting we attended, we heard and saw some inconsistent things being said by ATLAS and TDEC. For example, we noticed the inaccuracy in the ATLAS Battery map of the “3 Month Rolling Ave.” prediction of lead exposure they showed on the presentation slide. It shows far LESS area than the exposure area on the ATLAS Battery 1 Month Prediction map which was prepared by the Permit Modeling Unit of the TN Department of Environment and Conservation. With such extreme inconsistencies with the projection maps, one must ask how accurate is their modelling?
It was crazy to learn and hear time and time again that the battery plant would be allowed to monitor themselves. Just like the CDC and the so-called safety of vaccines, just like Monsanto and their GMO’s and chemicals, just like the water departments in Flint, MI., and just like the drug companies and their “safe” drugs. When will the government bodies realize that we can no longer trust those who are profiting? We have trusted these committees and companies for far too long. It is time for a revolution and an uprising against big business. We must take back our local and federal government bodies by replacing those who refuse to use common sense and disregard the concerns and desires of the real people in our communities. Will we allow the fox to guard the hen-house?
The very next day TDEC approved the permit, and we found to be true what we all felt to be true: Big Business and money determine the government’s actions, not the voice of the people.
Resources / References:
An Overview of Air Pollution Control Permitting for Atlas BX
ATLASBX Lead Emissions Modeling Analysis
Assessing Child Lead Poisoning Case Ascertainment in the US, 1999–2010
A Case Study of Environmental Injustice: The Failure in Flint
Environmental lead exposure and children’s cognitive function
Industry challenges to the principle of prevention in public health: the precautionary principle in historical perspective.
The Conquest of Lead Poisoning: A Pyrrhic Victory
Economic gains resulting from the reduction in children’s exposure to lead in the United States.
Low-Level Lead Exposure: Overlooked in CVD Mortality-No exposure threshold can be considered safe, researcher says
CDC – Lead – New Blood Lead Level Information