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Eshoo opens inquiry into Silicon Valley toxic cleanup

Original post made on Apr 1, 2014

U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, has opened an inquiry with the Environmental Protection Agency into shortfalls in the federal government's Superfund toxic cleanup program, including sites it operates in Mountain View and Palo Alto.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 10:38 AM

Comments (6)

Posted by homeowner, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Apr 1, 2014 at 11:11 am

There goes our property values. We were waiting for the Googlers to push our home price up to $2 million before taking the money and retiring. Like our city government, we are happy to cover up the toxic waste problem and just let property values soar. Now thanks to Eshoo, we may never be able to retire. Young Googlers don't want to buy contaminated homes that will cause birth defects in their children. Shame on those lefty whistleblowers for stealing my money.


Posted by Cordelia, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Apr 1, 2014 at 3:03 pm

We need other people to be interviewed besides Lenny Siegel. Often, his statements are a no-op and add little to the discussion. "Let's tread carefully." "We brought this up 10 years ago." So what? Anna Eshoo wants to look at more effective treatments. The current cleanup plan projects that Mtn View will not be cleaned up in our lifetimes. Let's look at alternatives that would fix this sooner. Why would Lenny want to get in the way of that? Has he become a paid corporate shill?


Posted by Lady Jane, a resident of North Whisman
on Apr 1, 2014 at 3:52 pm

Is anyone tracking cancers and birth defects in Mountain View?

It's worth looking at.


Posted by jane, a resident of North Whisman
on Apr 1, 2014 at 3:57 pm

Cordelia, You will find few, if any, people in the nation who are as qualified as Lenny to speak on this topic. He is often interviewed because he operates the Center for Environmental Oversight, and concerned citizens and those with no voice reach out to him from every state. Perhaps because he is local the Mountain View residents do not realize the scope of his aid to people all over this country when it comes to representing the impacted homeowner or the school principal in the Midwest who fights for clean air in her classroom. If you know of other people to interview that have the experience and knowledge of Lenny, then please provide their names to the Voice so that you can hear what they have to say.


Posted by Cordelia, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Apr 1, 2014 at 8:15 pm

In this instance, Lenny should not be the main person consulted on this topic. Have you seen his website? Many of his donors are companies which are in charge of remediation efforts. That's clearly a conflict of interest. I don't want him in a position to defend people who are giving him money. As to who else we should consult with, I can think of a few off the top of my head: companies who are currently NOT working on the remediation effort, companies who have or are currently working on the remediation, and analysts who worked on the 2012 Mtn View cancer study.


Posted by Jane, a resident of North Whisman
on Apr 2, 2014 at 4:13 pm

Web Link
Cordelia, I do not see any donations listed that are companies in charge of remediation efforts? Where do you see that list?


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