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Councilman James announces Neighborhood Forum with EPA concerning the Black Leaf site in District 6

Tuesday June 5, 2012

For Immediate Release:
Majority Caucus
Louisville Metro Council
Contact:Tony Hyatt 574-4137/ 526-3622

Louisville – Councilman David James (D-6) will host an important neighborhood forum for residents to discuss the latest information surrounding the health concerns involving the Black Leaf plant site on Thursday, June 14th at 6:00pm.

“It is important for the community to be updated on what has been discovered with the Black Leaf site,” says James. “There have been many reports about testing of homes around the area and that is why I have asked the experts to talk to the community about what has been found.”

Recent reports indicate high toxic levels found in at least 50 properties that bordered the old 29 acre Black Leaf site. Since then, the EPA has done soil testing to make a determination of health risks and decide if a cleanup is necessary.

Councilman James initiated discussions with the EPA to ensure the community is informed of this process as it moves forward.

The neighborhood forum will take place at Wheatley Elementary School, 1107 South 17th Street beginning at 6:00pm. Representatives from the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) and ATSDR (Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry) will be in attendance.

Invitations will be sent to residents of the area by the EPA and there will be a follow-up with a neighborhood canvasing to keep residents informed up until the day of the meeting.

“This is a very important meeting for the people who lived around the site and I want to make sure they are informed and reassured about how the federal government plans to deal with the problems that have arisen, “says James.

For more information about the Neighborhood Forum, contact Councilman James office at 574-1106.

David James (D) 6