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Earth Day ’16

ATTACHED:  NAACP Nutrition.3 is our course built on three nationally recognized web sites Earth Day’16-Page 1 &4 and  Earth Day ’16 pages 2 & 3 program completed by Dr. Blondell Strong  BURNT and the NAACP have opted for nutrition as a tool to impact environmental justice in poor and minority youth.  Last year we did a one day event at the Hadley Park Community Center which worked with 55 youth.  We developed a strong curriculum this year.  We were not able to establish a supply of teachers or a supply of high school and junior high students to teach.  Recruiting teachers of classes and classes to teach became complicated toward the end of the school year,.  We were very fortunate that a committee member knew the Maplewood principal.       First recommendation–start organizing before the beginning of the semester.. We recruited three teachers from Hands on Nashville, one from Meharry Medical College, and three from David Lipscomb University.  We should start much earlier to recruit from college clubs and professional classes such as nutrition and nursing.  Recruiting places to teach by starting with the school board members representing where we wish to teach.    We discussed stipends.  First, we did not have time to get them. Second, if it takes $25 to persuade someone to do something how deep is their interest.  Finally, making payments and record keeping. RECOMMENDATION    The poor and minority who go to prison are the ones who can not read in 4th grade.   Some churches have on-going tutoring of young students who can not read and write.  Perhaps we can activate NAACP members by feeding them into these church tutoring programs FINAL  RECOMMENDATION   Next year is our 5th Anniversary...

TDEC Develops Solid Waste Plan 2015-2025

The Division of Solid Waste recently unveiled their Solid Waste Plan 2015-2025 (available here). The new Plan embraced all the elements of the past with vague promises for change.  Tennessee will remain the only state to credit landfilled construction waste as diverted, wildly inaccurate local reports will be expanded, and emphasis on rural waste will remain instead of larger counties which create the majority of solid waste.  Sometime in the future, regulations for landfills will be reviewed even though there are amply regulations now to control landfill pollution. Below is a letter to a State Solid Waste Board member then a longer letter to the Commissioner. “11 April 2015 Alan Leiserson, Member Underground Storage Tanks and Solid Waste Control Board You and I have a unique view on the Solid Waste Plan 2015-2025.  We testified before a Joint Government Operations Rule Committee in December 2011 where the Plan was a central point.  The Committee could not understand how I could oppose a TDEC Planning  effort. This Plan perfectly expresses that opposition. This Plan does nothing except continue the present status of Tennessee solid waste.  There is nothing but vague promises for future change.  The loop-hole riddled  local reporting where local governments report only on what they personally collect and guess on the rest, the unique  to Tennessee rule of allowing landfilled construction waste to count as diverted which inflates Tennessee recycling numbers, and the polluting landfills are ignored. The Department states that only complaints from local citizens will trigger remediation of landfills even though Tennessee is ranked 44th among all states in well being which reflects education, citizen participation, job opportunities,...

BURNT AT METRO COUNCIL — Are We a Super City or Ranked #72?

Nashville has been on a self-congratulatory jag since the New York Times wrote a laudatory article about Nashville. BURNT has been in an office playing a loop on closed circuit television of top ten accomplishments of Nashville ranging from most performance reviews to number of head quarters companies per capita. Nashville is a hot city – or are we number #72, as ranked by the Gallup Poll? In a Healthways article, Nashville was #44 among states on the same ‘wellness’ scale. BURNT points out the terrible inequalities among colleges, the abuse of General hospital by Metro government and Vanderbilt, and the disparity in income between North Nashville and Davidson County. We would say the General Assembly–largely made of former local officials–has the firmest grip on the reality of the bottom level of citizens in Tennessee. Click to read or download our flyer addressing this...

Testimony Concerning “Solid Waste Plan”

BURNT Bob Martineau, Commissioner Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation 312 Rosa L. Parks Avenue—Tennessee Tower—2nd Floor Nashville, Tennessee 37243 RE: Testimony Concerning “Solid Waste Plan 2015-2025” Dear Commissioner Martineau: On behalf of BURNT, the State Conference of the NAACP, and the Nashville Branch of the NAACP, we appreciate the opportunity to testify concerning the “Solid Waste Plan 2015- 2025” This is a very difficult process. TDEC staff and managers will not accept that the loop-hole ridden TCA 68-211-861 or ignoring TCA 68-211-803(a) are not serious problems. The attached testimony about Middle Point Landfill demonstrates the horrible problems of rampant odors, devalued property, and powerless citizens common to a dozen TDEC regulated landfills. The ‘Solid Waste Plan 2015-2025’ should narrowly focus on construction waste recycling and composting. If the Tennessee ‘Solid Waste Plan 2015-2025’ is like the Georgia Plan with “GOALS” followed by three pages of “ACTION STEPS”, TDEC and the landfill companies will have another 10 years of pollution. Specific goals of composting and recycling construction waste need measurable goals and outside management. It is much more difficult to administer the environmental part of TDEC than the parks. Very few people sabotage the parks while many in Tennessee are still rooted in 1950’s thinking that allowing pollution is key to economic growth. Landfills and the current solid waste system employ very few people. Recycling and composting could create thousands of jobs and make money for all parties including the landfill companies. . There is a very strong element of environmental injustice. Landfills are located where poor, rural, and minority live. A. Distinguishing factors of solid waste in Middle...

Task Force Plans for Waste Reduction

CLICK THE BELOW TEXT TO VIEW THE PDF Solid Waste Task Force—A Wasted Effort  The ‘Solid Waste Task Force’  met from 2007 to 2009 to develop parameters for new solid waste regulations  following legislative passage of Public Chapter 0462.  This legislation was an omnibus  solid waste bill covering waste recovery  following disasters, work place recycling, and new solid waste  regulations.  Public Chapter 0462 allowed the Board to assume  powers to create regulations previously reserved for General Assembly  if a wide range of factors  such as jobs created, public education, and the costs and benefits of recycling were considered.  .    The Task Force was created to do this research.  The ‘Task Force’ populated with local public works leaders from across the state and several concerned citizens.  Two members of BURNT participated.  The Task Force considered a wide range of evidence and developed recommendations to reduce landfills, increase recycling and composting, and implement basic solid waste management.  This followed the dictates of Public Chapter 0462.  TDEC, and the Board, twisted these recommendations to then create a Rule 0400-11-01-.09 which overrode the recommendations of the Task Force while claiming to follow them.   Please see attached “waste reduction rule” to see that the rule continues the existing gaping loop-holes such as credit toward 25% recycling goal for landfilled construction waste.  Plus, the Rule added that changes in production process could be claimed by business toward the 25% goal with no proof of efficacy.     Please understand the high quality of state and local officials on the Task Force.  Local solid waste directors showed up with books on ‘Zero Waste’.  State managers are outstanding....

Mission

‘Improving the Environment Through Citizen Involvement’ With Government, Business, and Academia’ BURNT provides education and advocacy to areas of Tennessee affected by chronic polluters and landfills. BURNT seeks to provide alternative uses for solid waste that is safe for the community and environment and creates jobs by managing waste as a raw material for jobs and business. BURNT has worked to ensure safe use of pesticides in Metro Schools, control of mosquitoes, and to research spread of dangerous chemicals throughout the environment and within humans....

HISTORY

BURNT is a 24  Year Old Environmental Group A  Clean  Environment Is Good  For Business Business and Development Plan  Closing chronic polluters increased commercial real estate value ‘ throughout Nashville Tennessee landfills—manage solid waste as a raw material for jobs and business. Working within multiple agencies of Metro Nashville, State government, and across the state based on years of research, success, and participation Bring Urban Recycling to Nashville Today (“BURNT”) is a not for profit 501(c)(3) corporation founded in December 1988.  BURNT is dedicated to environmental advocacy, specifically concerning landfills, solid waste disposal, pesticides, and multiple chemicals. 7 November 2013 BURNT was founded in December 1988 at a meeting at the Vanderbilt Center for Health Services to discuss the $200 million expansion of the downtown Nashville incinerator. This was also the first major neighborhood issue in Nashville–East Nashville residents were concerned about noxious fumes from the incinerator and Germantown residents were concerned because the incinerator ash trucks  ran through Germantown. The Cumberland Green Bio-Region Council provided energy, people, and drive. One instance—The drummers of the Cumberland green bio region Council came to a Metro Council meeting. At 7 pm. The start of the Metro Council meeting the drumming on the sidewalks began. Immediate calls for cessation or moving back came. The drummers moved back and started drumming again. “Wait, Not enough move further back” Which they did until they made their point—bad noise drives out good noise and in this case the good noise was the music of the people. We worked with both East Nashville and Germantown neighborhoods on the Rendering Plant which processed meal oils from restaurants...

CITIZEN INVOLVEMENT

IMPROVING THE ENVIRONMENT THROUGH CITIZEN INVOLVEMENT WITH GOVERNMENT, BUSINESS, AND ACADEMIA 15 August 2013 Jackie Gupton Division of the Audit RE: Cover letters and redacted sentences For RFP 32701-01528 Dear Ms. Gupton Thank you for the sketchy information provided on RFP 32701-0158. I knew that TDEC would absolutely refuse to follow the mandate of TCA 68-211-803 (a), (b) for the simple reason that they have flouted this law since 1991. Why should they reverse fields now when polluting landfills and excessive pollution are their bread and butter? The only thing this plan should do is comply with 68-211-803—protect citizens from landfills and utilize the resources in solid waste fro jobs Next Thursday, why not come to an Air Quality hearing on the Middlepoint landfill in Murfreesboro, which is the highest point of elevation in the county. Even though an acrid, ammonia like odor is evident even when driving by, the landfill meets standards for landfill gas. Dickson County landfill has killed people, ruined wells, and there will never be a major business investment in Dickson County until the entire country is as polluted as this county. A recently permitted landfill in Camden is a major polluter and a prime example of “friends in high places” All I asked you to do, going back six months, was to not approve this study because it did not satisfy as 23 year old law TCA 68-211-803 (a), (b) TCA 68-211-803 (a), (b) is very, very clear. Make it so that landfills do not menace people or the environment. Ensure maximum utilization of resources in solid waste That’s the law. By all appearances, you are...

Basic Problems With Tennessee Solid Waste

B.U.R.N.T. Bring Urban Recycling Now to Tennessee IMPROVING THE ENVIRONMENT THROUGH CITIZEN INVOLVEMENT WITH GOVERNMENT, BUSINESS, AND ACADEMIA A. Tennessee has not identified the full costs of solid waste disposal including water pollution, de-valued property, and jobs lost from recycling and composting . Landfill companies receive an artificial subsidy from free water pollution. B. It is the leadership of our state which is responsible for our polluting, wasteful solid waste policy. Citizens will source separate food waste and paper just as they usually stop at red lights. It is the leaders who do not understand the basic importance of recycling and composting. Leaders fail to implement this job creation policy. C. Tennessee has no plan to compost large amounts of waste from urban centers. The key is source separation of food waste and paper in the ten largest counties which contain 50% of the population of the state. Commercial and residential targets would enable incremental diversion of dangerous food waste and paper from the landfills D. Since 1991, TCA 68-211-803 ‘Public Policy’ requires the State to ” … assure that solid waste facilities…do not adversely affect the health, safety and well-being of the public and do not degrade the quality of the environment…” TDEC has not developed a plan. Citizens and the environment are affected by solid waste facilities. E. The entire solid waste count is loop-hole riddled. The numbers are meaningless. Please see attached one page summary of loop-holes. Thank you, B.U.R.N.T 615.327....

IMPROVING THE ENVIRONMENT THROUGH CITIZEN INVOLVEMENT WITH GOVERNMENT,

BURNT IMPROVING THE ENVIRONMENT THROUGH CITIZEN INVOLVEMENT WITH GOVERNMENT, BUSINESS, AND ACADEMIA 17 March 2010 The Honorable Tennessee State Senator Bo Watson Chairman Senate Government Operations Committee via electronic mail and hand delivery RE: Audit of Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Dear Chairman Watson: : I the Committee extend the Department for two years and request the Department of the Audit to submit a written report prior to the start of the next session of the General Assembly based on investigations of citizen comments, business views, and independent evaluations of the Department including “Commissioner’s orders” and Notices of Violations” Environmental Injustice –91% of the 3,200 TDEC Employees are white [all Boards] –46 out of 49 members of the ‘Solid Waste Task Force’, the ‘Solid Waste Advisory Committee’, and the ‘State Solid Waste Disposal Control Board’ which determined proposed solid waste regulations are white [Solid Waste] –Tennessee landfills are invariably located where poor and minority live [Solid Waste] –An appeal of Class IV Construction and Demolition Landfill ‘Southern Services’ in a primarily black area of Nashville was heard by the State Water Board composed of 7 members, all white, and all white males and four apparently worked for the state of Tennessee [Water Board] —The Environmental Injustice Coordinator is not active and involved Disastrous Pollution –Top TDEC officials routinely say that no one in Tennessee should drink well water [Water, Board and Ground Water Board] 615.327.8515 P.O. BOX 128555 burnt615.org A Member Of NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE 37212 burnt.tn@gmail.com Community Shares –TVA Coal Ash fill, permitted and regulated by TDEC, apparently had many failures and was allowed three vertical expansion prior...

CURRENT State Law

BURNT burnt615.org 615-327-8515 CURRENT State Law [confirmed by Rule 0400-11-01-09] —The stated goal of this statute is to reduce by 25% the amount of solid waste disposed of at municipal solid waste facilities in December 31 2003. B.) —Three separate methods for local governments to meet the 25% reduction goal– quantitative, qualitative, & economic growth basis. (TCA 69-211-861; p.5-6, #1–#5 A.) calculate 25% reduction per capita B.) economic growth basis (p. 9, #m), C.) lengthy description of ‘Qualitative Assessment Methods’ (p. 9-10— D.) REGIONS use either the 1995 base year or go back to 1985 (pg. 9, #n), NOTE: This Rule continues the credit for landfilling construction waste in Class IV landfills (pg. 9, #L) [only state to do this] NEW [loop-hole] Source Reduction of “municipal solid waste”—allows technical changes in businesses and industry to be counted as waste reduction without documentation Amendments, pg. 5, #6)—WILL THIS BE ACCURATE?—This will lead to more “good” 25% reports . Tennessee landfills are not safe with nearly 3 million tons of organic food waste, yard waste, and non-recycled paper landfilled annually. Major businesses testified at the 10—11 July State Senate Energy Committee hearing that Tennessee business and jobs are hurt by landfilling needed raw materials Tennessee local government reports are based on FALSE NUMBERS 2010 Bio-Cycle Magazine and Columbia University Survey determined Tennessee diverted 4.64% Waste and ranked 7th from the bottom among states. Tennessee claims nearly 50% diversion counting landfilled construction waste. .(Tennessean 22 April 2012 http:/tn.go/environment/swm/ppo/rules_0400_11_01_09_and_10_redline2.pdf APPROVED—State Board 7 August 2012 These methods to count solid waste are in the statute Each of these Regulations, except for “Source Reduction of...

Rolling Mill Hill

Overview MISSION STATEMENT    Improving the environment through citizen involvement with government, business and academia. APPLICATION   In our southern state, BURNT has shut down chronic polluters [incinerator, Rendering Plant, stopped garbage processor on Rolling Mill Hill, closed a liquid hazardous waste plant in Cockrill Bend] which led to major increases in value of commercial real estate and property taxes.   BURNT makes good decisions based on research and we work for years to gain support for our policies. BURNT believes most business is clean  and business needs a clean environment CHEMICALS A VITAL THREAT    BURNT has significant experience with pesticides in Metro and state government.  We follow the issues.  We think humans are saturated with these ‘trace’ chemicals.  Women are particular targets as the baby picks up the chemicals in the womb. Every river i n the world has a ‘dead zone’ where nothing recognizable lives because nitrates and agriculture chemicals   wash down yet we allow business, agriculture,  and   pharmaceutical businesses almost a free hand.  Think about cancer, birth defects, autism, peanut allergies,and growing mental illness to understand  something is wrong.  “We have met the enemy and it is us” BURNT has worked on the Dickson County Landfill  since 2005.   The groundwater has spread the industrial solvents, fiberglass waste, and pesticides out 12 square miles from the 75 acre landfill.  Yet, this was done legally, under full regulation by the State and US EPA.   Now, the governments have left, the landfill is closed and everybody has gone except the descendants of freed slaves who first came to Eno Road in 1865.  The point:  our mindless rush...

Classic Statement on Environmental Justice

“Delegates the First National People of Color Leadership Summit held October 24-27 1991  in Washington D.C drafter this Principles of Environmental Justice. With a starting point of Environmental Justice a full fledged statement is made about equality of participation, equality of people, and the equality of the environment.” Principles of Environmental Justice...

North Nashville—Left Out and Forgotten

The attached flyer to Metro Council quotes a study by the Metro Planning Department  that there was per capita income of $10,671 in North Nashville while remainder of Davidson County had a per capita income of $22,684  [2000 Census numbers].  In 2006,North Nashville income increased to $11,136. [attached] A flagrant example of environmental justice–Fisk, General Hospital, and Meharry Medical College  are neighbors on Albion Street.   Does the street bustle with banks, places to eat, copy stores, and drug  stores like every other hospital or university?Absolutely not.  It is bleak as far as commercial or residential development.  However, 15 blocks away Metro Nashville invested $2 billion ($2,000,000,000) in two Convention Centers, an Arena, a Hall of Fame, a Symphony, three up-scale hotels. For the PDF click here:  October 7...

Multiple Chemicals

Pesticides Used in California Farming Found In Remote Sierra Nevada Frogs  Two fungicides, commonly used in agriculture, pyraclostrobin and tebuconazole, and one herbicide, simazine, were the most frequently detected compounds, and this is the first time these compounds have ever been reported in wild frog tissue....

Happy 50th (Antiseptic) Birthday

This concerned the refusal of Metro government to acknowledge in the “50th Anniversary Celebration”  the two major citizen efforts—BURNT and Bells Bend which fought off a landfill and a major development.  We talk about the impact of an expanded incinerator… BURNT THE METRO COUNCIL 18 JUNE 2013 P. O. BOX 128555 NASHVILLE [37212] BURNT.TN@GMAIL.COM A MEMBER OF 615.327. 8515 www.burnt-tn.org COMMUNITY SHARES Happy 50th (Antiseptic) Birthday A Senior Member of Mayor’s Staff “BURNT and Bell’s Bend Are Not Part of OUR History” If not for BURNT [and the Metro Council], we would have a $200 million incinerator and a $100 million garbage processor as downtown anchors. Bells Bend led valiant fights in 1990’s against a landfill and more recently against a mega-development. These multiple year efforts are not part of Metro history because there is no raised stage, local leaders praising progress, and cheering dutiful citizens. Part of BURNT’s culture is the major changes we led in Nashville. We formed in December 1988 to stop the expansion of the downtown incinerator—a $200 million project. We stopped a $100 million garbage separator for Rutledge Hill. We stopped the Rendering Plant, and a liquid hazardous waste processor in Cockrill Bend. At every step we worked with citizens and neighborhoods, government, and business. . SOME LESSONS –If the incinerator expanded and the garbage separator built, Nashville would have 250 garbage trucks making round trips every day. No New York Times article as an ‘IT’ city…instead articles in Waste News —the incinerator decision came down to Councilman Guy Bates who had the votes but delayed indefinitely because he said “this is not the time...

25 Years of Dedication

BURNT 25th Anniversary Thursday 12 December BURNT’s    25th  Anniversary Reception ON STAGE PERFORMING… The Cantrell’s  at 6:30 Thursday  12 December 2013 5 p.m.—8 p.m. LOCATION: The Entrepreneur Center 41 Peabody Street Rolling Mill Hill Nashville, Tennessee     Program 5:45 p.m. Dr. Robert Wingfield, Department of Chemistry, Fisk University, Keynote Speaker Honors for elected officials and citizens Donations welcome so that we can continue our efforts to improve our government and recycling contribute via…...