Updated 11/02/2012 02:13 PM
Frustrations in Attica Boil Over at DEC Meeting
A meeting in Attica with the Department of Environmental Conservation got a little testy Thursday night. The DEC intended to answer the public's questions about the situation at Hillcrest Industries, but at one point, police were called to check-in on that meeting.
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Frustrations boiled over Thursday night in Attica at a DEC meeting about Hillcrest Industries.
Residents meeting at Attica High School said they're not getting enough answers.
"I'd like to ask you: how would you like to breathe it every day?"
"Would you let your family stay here? Would you let your children stay here?"
Distrust of the DEC.
"What was tested for was chemicals in the air. I want to know about the glass particulate, because it is in my home,” said Jeanne Gasbarrini, Attica resident.
More than a hundred residents turned out for what was supposed to be a structured information session: different topics, discussed in different rooms. But that's not how it turned out.
Residents packed it in, room-by-room, demanding all their grievances about Hillcrest Industries be heard at once.
"Do you have those reports for their emissions? Were they required to do that?"
"They're also cancerous! Have you done any research on this stuff?”
DEC officials defended their work at every turn.
"They had to make sure that the bag house was acting properly. We had record-keeping requirements such as that."
"You know, our air staff is well-versed an experienced in doing the type of air-monitoring there. All of the samples were run at our lab with a very capable staff,” said James Strickland, DEC regional engineer.
But for most residents at the meeting, that just wasn't good enough.
"Right now, I'm beyond PO'ed off. Because every since 2012, I've been going through pure hell."
YNN did receive some paperwork at the meeting, which says there is no identifiable health risk coming from this situation with Hillcrest. Residents are not satisfied with that report and are demanding many more tests.