ATTEND CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES FORUMS THIS MONTH! (APRIL 2011)

                                                        
                                                   


Texans for Accountable Government (TAG) has provided a schedule of Austin City Council candidates’ forums for this month, April 2011, April 11 update:  It’s official!  According to a Crestview Neighborhood Association officer, “the entire meeting is the city council candidate forum, and goes from 7pm to 8:30pm, Wozniak Hall at St. Louis Church.  It’s an open forum and anyone is welcome to ask questions of the candidates.”

No information was obtained on the April 11 event scheduled for the Granger Building. 

Please make an effort to attend one or more of these forums.  Be sure to let the candidates know, in a respectful fashion, that water fluoridation is an important public health issue that is not going away. We especially applaud Kris Bailey, a Place 3 challenger to Randi Shade, for showcasing water fluoridation as a campaign issue. 
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FLUOROSILICIC ACID SPILL: IT COULD HAPPEN IN AUSTIN OR ANYWHERE


Corrosive Chemical Eats Straight Through Concrete but Poses “No Immediate Danger” 


                                  

A March 30 spill of  dangerous fluorosilicic acid from a tanker truck delivering “fluoride” to the water treatment plant in Rock Island, Illinois is a grim reminder that this could happen anywhere.  Fluoride Free Austin’s March 17 Open Records request to the City of Austin soliciting the cost of insurance against just such a mishap has so far gone unanswered. Tanker trucks arrive in Austin from Florida to deliver our expensive order of fertilizer-industry toxic waste four or five times a year.  Is it possible that the city carries no such insurance?

A visit to the Austin Water Utility two years ago revealed corrosion on a rung of the ladder alongside a fluoride acid storage tank.  It looks relatively small, but the question is:  how did it get there?  Escaping fumes, perhaps?  AWU has assured us that the operation is completely safe because it is “fully automated.”  That makes it completely safe?  Some assurance!  How often has a fully automated system crashed in your presence?  

I’m not accusing.  I’m just saying I wouldn’t bet the rent on it.    

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             Storage Tank                           View of Containment Area                           Corrosion on Ladder