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Tyson Foods Inc. Gets Called Out On Social Media with a Reminder that from 2010-2014, the Food Industry Giant that was the 2ND Biggest Polluter of US Waterways; polluting those waterways with about “18 million pounds of toxic chemicals annually.”

A proposed poultry operation in Kansas gets Tyson Foods Inc. is called out on Social Media with a reminder that the food industry giant was the 2nd biggest polluter of US Waterways between 2010 and 2014; dumping about “18 million pounds of toxic chemicals” into waterways annually.

Erin Brockovich took to social media to call out Tyson Foods Inc. as a major polluter of US Waterways in a show of support for Kansas community opposed to a proposed Tyson Foods poultry facility. Brockovich became well-known for her consumer and environmental advocacy work, following a movie from 2000 based on her experience working as a legal clerk, collecting evidence about water contamination that had sickened the residents of Hinkley, CA. In the last 20 years, she has repeatedly spoken out against known corporate polluters.

Because of the film, groups fighting to protect their communities from corporations that are known environmental polluter often contact Brockovich. Most recently, she has joined with residents of her home state of Kansas to oppose the opening of a Tyson Foods Poultry Facility.

Over the weekend, Brockovich spoke out on behalf of the residents in Tonganoxie, Kansas, a location not too far from her own hometown — Lawrence, Kansas — that are opposing the opening of a Tyson Foods poultry plant in the community.

On Sept. 7th, Brockovich took to social media to speak out against the proposed poultry facility. In the posting directed to Tyson Foods via her Facebook page, Brockovich acknowledges the many residents of Tonganoxie that had reached out to her for help, going on to call out Tyson Food Inc. for their history of polluting the nation’s waterways. In the post, she directly addresses Tyson Foods, saying to the company, “Clean up your act if you want respect. Get off the list of our nation’s biggest polluters and then come talk to us. Until then, you cannot continue to grow on the backs of the people.” (Link to Erin Brockovich FB post/Page)

Considering her stance on protecting the environment, and Tyson Foods Inc.’s history of pollution, it is no surprise that Erin Brockovich joined the community’s efforts by speaking out against a proposed Tyson Foods poultry operation.

As Brockovich pointed out in her post, Tyson Foods is responsible for dumping into the more than 18 million pounds of toxic chemicals into the nation’s waterway annually. This point is driven home further by the most current data that Tyson Foods submitted on its own behalf to the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (US EPA’s) Toxic Release Inventory. According to that data, Tyson Foods Inc. was the 2nd biggest polluter of America’s waterways from 2010 to 2014, trailing behind AK Steel Holding Corp., who holds1st place as the biggest polluter of the country’s waterways. As pointed out by Brockovich, this means, “Tyson Foods and its subsidiaries’ processing plants dumped more than 104 million pounds of pollutants into waterways over those five years – more than Cargill Inc., Koch Industries Inc., and ExxonMobil Corporation combined.”

Supporters of the new facility, including a representative of Tyson Foods Inc., and local government officials have down played the company’s history as a major source of waterway pollution. Instead, supports are pointing to the benefits the new facility will bring to the community, which according to Kansas news KCTV, those that support the Tyson plant say it will bring 1,600 jobs to the area and help to improve the area’s economy to the tune of $150 million.

While the local citizens and government officials consider the fate of the Tyson operation it may be a good idea to take into account the cost to clean-up any sites that are contaminated by the operation. Considering that Tyson Foods Inc. has a history of waterway pollution, the cost of cleaning up (which seems inevitable) could far outweigh any potential benefits for the community as a whole.

Erin Brockovich Photo: facebook

Erin Brockovich

September 7 at 7:41pm ·

My inbox is full of requests from the good people of Tonganoxie, Kansas asking for my help fighting a massive chicken processing plant in their community. Mothers have sent me photographs of their children at the local baseball field… just blocks from the location of the proposed slaughter house. Tyson Foods dumps more than 18 million pounds of toxic chemicals into America’s waterways each year ! ! !

I often struggle with how I can help in communities facing the hired guns from giant corporations… and the false promises of jobs… toting along paid off politicians. I was born and raised in Kansas… now living in California… where I too have been receiving pollution and environmental complaints about Tyson Foods for over a decade. I base my involvement on these matters based on a company’s current record… so here is a fun fact for Kansas Governor Brownback:

Tyson Foods Inc. was the second biggest polluter of America’s waterways from 2010 to 2014, according to the most current data the company submitted to the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (USEPA’s) Toxic Release Inventory. Ranking only behind AK Steel Holding Corp, Tyson Foods and its subsidiaries’ processing plants dumped more than 104 million pounds of pollutants into waterways over those five years – more than Cargill Inc., Koch Industries Inc., and ExxonMobil Corporation combined.

Doug Ramsey, an official with Tyson Foods, lied about the company’s record of pollution and waste discharges… then demanded respect… sorry Mr. Ramsey, but I don’t respect a talking head from our nations biggest polluters that do in fact shit where they eat. Clean up you act if you want respect… get off the list of our nation’s biggest polluters… and then come talk to us… until then… you cannot continue to grow on the backs of the people.

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Why this Kansas town is protesting new Tyson Foods poultry plant bringing 1,600 jobs

Tyson Foods and Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback announced plans for a $320 million poultry complex near Tonganoxie. Protestors gathered to decry the plan. KANSASCITY.COM

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News Update: Declaratory Judgment Action Brought against Duke Energy

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The Great American Eclipse is now less than 7 days away!1024px-Diamond_ring_eclipse art

On Monday, August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will occur and for the first time in over 99 years, the event will be visible to almost every state in the United States. Many people have been planning for this event for years. Others have only recently developed an interest in the awe-inspiring event.

As people across the country prepare for what has been dubbed the Great American Eclipse one of the most discussed issues is how to view the event, and the need to have special solar eclipse glasses to protect your eyes from the damage that can be caused by looking directly at the sun.

Experts, including NASA and the American Astronomical Society (AAS), have been warning consumers that many of the solar eclipse glasses that are available on the market are unsafe. They want to make sure that everyone that plans to view the Solar Eclipse protects their eyes.

To ensure that consumers deal with reputable retailers and vendors when buying solar eclipse glasses, NASA and the American Astrological Society (AAS) have put together a list of Reputable Vendors of Solar Filters & Viewers. This list was created by the members of the AAS and is based on members past experiences with each vendor.

The AAS’ reputable vendors of solar filters and viewers list:

Glasses-Angled solar glasses

• American Paper Optics (Eclipse) / EclipseGlasses.com / 3dglassesonline.com
• APM Telescopes (Sunfilter Glasses)
• Baader Planetarium (AstroSolar Silver/Gold Film)
• Celestron (EclipSmart Glasses & Viewers)
• DayStar (Solar Glasses)
• Welding filters with shade 12 or higher
• Explore Scientific (Solar Eclipse Sun Catcher Glasses)
• Lunt Solar Systems (SUNsafe SUNglasses)
• Meade Instruments (EclipseView Glasses & Viewers)
• Rainbow Symphony (Eclipse Shades)
• Seymour Solar (Helios Glasses)
• Thousand Oaks Optical (Silver-Black Polymer & SolarLite)
• TSE 17 (Solar Filter Foil)

To visit the AAS website click here, https://eclipse.aas.org/resources/solar-filters

Over the weekend web retailer, Amazon.com issued a warning to customers and began offering refunds to consumers that purchased Solar Eclipse Glasses sold via Amazon by some third-party vendors that have the potential of being unsafe. Amazon has been reaching out to customers that may have purchased the potentially unsafe glasses.

In a statement, Amazon said, “Safety is among our highest priorities. Out of an abundance of caution, we have proactively reached out to customers and provided refunds for eclipse glasses that may not comply with industry standards.” The statement also explained that Amazon was making the recall and refund announcement because they “want customers to buy with confidence anytime they make a purchase on Amazon.com and eclipse glasses sold on Amazon.com are required to comply with the relevant ISO standard.”

So if you bought your solar eclipse glasses via Amazon.com check the retailer’s website for more information. If you purchased your solar eclipse glasses from another retailer, make sure that they meet the ISO standard.

For other information about the Great American Eclipse, including information about safe viewing, the science of an eclipse, and a map showing the phases and path of the eclipse, visit the website: www.greatamericaneclipse.com

For more information about the Solar Eclipse Glasses recalled by Amazon, click here.

For more information about the Eclipse and how you can view it safely, NASA has created a website full of Eclipse Watching Information and Safety Tips to visit the NASA Eclipse 2017 website, click here.

For resources about the Great American Eclipse from the American Astrological Society, click here

Coverage of the Amazon Recall, Fake Solar Eclipse Glasses Are Being Sold Online. Here’s How to Avoid Scams, from Melisssa Chan, can be viewed online from TIME.COM 

Everyone at Wallace & Graham, want you to enjoy the Great American Eclipse and make sure that you protect your eyes!

FDA Class I Recall of a Medical Device Penumbra Inc. 3D Revascularization Device

Penumbra Inc. 3D Revascularization Device has been Recalled Due after discovery that the Wire Material May Break or Separate during Use, Leaving Pieces in the Patient Brain Bloodstream

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The Penumbra Inc. 3D Revascularization Device is intended to restore blood flow or remove thrombus (blood clot) within a blood vessel in the brain.

According to the FDA Recall, physicians that are using the devices impacted by the recall should immediately STOP using the device, as it puts patients at risk for serious adverse health consequences such as continued blockage of blood vessels, completion of the stroke, and death.

The FDA Recall explains that the Penumbra Inc. 3D Revascularization Device is the subject of a Class I, FDA Recall, the most serious type of recall issued by the agency, due to the failure of a delivery wire that is inserted into the brain to restore or remove a blood clot that may break while in use. Specifically, the FDA identified that there is a risk of the delivery wire breaking or separating, which could leave fractured pieces of the delivery wire inside the patient’s brain bloodstream. If this occurs or if attempts are made to retrieve the fractured pieces, the patient’s condition can get worse and can cause other serious adverse health consequences such as continued blockage of blood vessels, completion of the stroke, and death.

The information for the recalled Penumbra 3D Revascularization Device is listed below, it is estimated to include 155 of the Penumbra 3D Revascularization Devices nationwide. The FDA initiated the recall on June 8, 2017.

The following day, June 9, 2017, the manufacture of the device, Penumbra Inc., sent an Urgent Voluntary Removal notice to all affected customers whose medical facilities utilize the Penumbra 3D Revascularization Device.

If you think that you or someone in your family has been suffered serious adverse health consequences or died after a medical procedure involving a Penumbra 3D Revascularization Device, please contact our offices to discuss your claims.

Recalled Product Information
Penumbra 3D Revascularization Device
• Lot Numbers: C00644, C00645, C00646, C00717
• Distribution Dates: May 15, 2017 to June 7, 2017
• Manufacturing Dates: March 31, 2017 to April 28, 2017
• Devices Recalled in the U.S.: 155 nationwide

To read the FDA Recall related to this product click here, https://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/Safety/ListofRecalls/ucm567913.htm

Update: Ethanol Spill and Evacuation — Tanker Spills Ethanol – impact of spill on local residents and the environment is still unknown

Tanker Spills Ethanol – impact of spill on local residents and the environment is still unknown

Residents that had been evacuated from homes in Mt. Pleasant, near the scene of an accident involving a tanker truck that rolled over spilling ethanol, were allowed to return home around 8:30 pm last night.

The evacuation was lifted after hazardous material crews were able to secure the accident scene and contain the immediate threat posed by the leaking ethanol, which is an extremely combustible fuel. It is not clear as to the amount of ethanol spilled from the tanker, but it took hazardous materials crews several hours to contain and off load the ethanol that did not escape from the tanker, before up righting it and removing it from the scenes. According to local news outlets, the driver of the truck will face charges related to the accident.

2017 Bringle Ferry Tanker Crash and Spill Clean-up Photo from Salisbury Post

2017 Bringle Ferry Tanker Crash and Spill Clean-up
Photo from Salisbury Post

The accident in Cabarrus County occurred just as Emergency Management and HAZMAT crews in neighboring Rowan County were cleaning up an ethanol spill that occurred near the Rowan / Davidson County line on Tuesday morning.

The accident on Tuesday morning in Rowan county occurred on Bringle Ferry Road and is within a mile of where in 2015 a similar accident occurred, killing the tanker’s driver and spilling thousands of gallons of ethanol. The ethanol from that spill leaked from the truck, on to the roadway and surrounding properties, making its way into the water supply and caused damages to the environment, property, and lives of those living near the site of the accident and spill.

The aftermath of the 2015 ethanol spill and subsequent cleanup continues for the property owners that were impacted by that accident. In an interview with WBTV following the most recent accident on Bringle Ferry Road, two of the residents displaced by the 2015 accident, Shelia Shepard and Jackie Huffman, described the heartache and hardships they have since experienced. They summed up the impact of the damages caused by a substance like ethanol is spilled saying, “Everything in your life changes… in just seconds.”
As residents near the site of the ethanol spill in Cabarrus County are a wait to see how this spill will affect the environment, they can look to the property of Shelia Shepard.

Today, over two years after the accident, she is still unable to return to the property her family has owned for decades. The property they worked so hard to acquire now sit vacant, scared by deeply dug ditches that were created in an effort to contain the spill, and well-water is contaminated by the ethanol that leeched into the water table supplying her home that she cannot use it.

Currently, our law firm is representing Mrs. Shephard and others impacted by that crash. We hope to help them recover some of the losses they have experienced following the ethanol spill and the resulting contamination of the area. In addition, we would also like to ensure that those companies involved in the transportation of ethanol and other hazardous materials are being responsible in the transportation of such materials, and if not they are held accountable for any damages that their negligence has caused.

2015 Bringle Ferry  Ethanol Spill near the home of Shelia Shepherd Photo from WBTV

2015 Bringle Ferry Ethanol Spill near the home of Shelia Shepherd
Photo from WBTV

If you have experienced a loss similar to Mrs. Shepard’s – due to the negligence of another – we may be able to assist you in the recovery of your losses. Our firm has over 30 year of experience protecting the rights of property owners and others whose lives have been forever changed due to the negligence of others.

To speak with someone about your claims, please contact our office at 1-800-849-5291

To Watch WBTV’s coverage of the Ethonal Spills click here.

To read the Salisbury Post story written by Josh Bergeron (click here to visit his twitter page) about the 2015 Bringle Ferry Road Accident click here