Way to go, Joe! On Sunday, The Gainesville Sun published an article by resident Joe Prager, pointing out the the city of Gainesville buys hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of utility poles from Koppers, the business that’s been polluting the city with multiple carcinogenic toxic chemicals for decades, an unaddressed Superfund site since 1984. While the city’s position toward Koppers is one of outrage, revelation of this contract indicates the relationship between the city and the business may be a bit symbiotic, and perhaps provides some insight into the seemingly inexplicable lack of clean-up action at the site. Looks like Joe’s article spurred positive action:
“Thursday, Gainesville city commissioners directed GRU to stop buying poles from Koppers under a condition that allows either party to end the contract with 30 days notice.
City Commissioner Lauren Poe made the motion to “sever our relationship with Koppers.” Several members of the public who live in the residential neighborhoods near Koppers criticized the city for maintaining the contract while simultaneously voicing concerns about the toxins that have polluted the site.”