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U.S. PIRG
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
APRIL 12, 2004
4:00 PM
CONTACT:  U.S. PIRG
Lois Gibbs, 703-627-9483
Julie Wolk, 202-546-9707
Annie Strickler, 202-675-2384
Dave King, 202-887-8800
 
Groups Across U.S. To Gather at Post Offices on Tax Day, April 15th.
Call on Polluters-Not Taxpayers-To Pay for Clean Up of Toxic Sites
 

WASHINGTON - April 12 - On April 15th at dozens of Post Offices across the country last minute tax filers will be greeted by people concerned that their tax dollars are paying for the clean up of Superfund toxic waste sites, while polluters are let off the hook. Armed with the message that polluters-not taxpayers-should pay for the clean up of toxic sites, people will be educating their community about the increasing costs the Bush administration is charging taxpayers with the release of a new state-by-state tax analysis by U.S. PIRG outlining the cost of Superfund to taxpayers.

The BE SAFE network, including the Center for Health, Environment & Justice, National Environmental Trust, Sierra Club, U.S. PIRG, and many state and local groups, are holding thirty-seven "Polluter Pay Tax Day" events and media activities in twenty two states to remind taxpayers that they are now footing the bill to clean up abandoned toxic sites and urge reinstatement of the "polluter pay" taxes to replenish the Federal Superfund. BE SAFE promotes protection of public health and the environment through a precautionary approach and "polluter pay" policies.

Groups will gather outside Post Offices holding signs stating: "Make Polluters-Not Taxpayers-Pay to Clean Up Toxic Waste," and "Our Health. Our Tax Dollars. Their Toxic Waste. Make Polluters Pay," and distribute "polluter pay" stickers for people to place on their IRS envelope. Visit www.besafenet.com/superfund or see attached Calendar of Events for information on activities in AK, CA, CO, CT, GA, IA, LA, MA, MD, MI, MN, NH, NJ, NY, NC, NV, OR, PA, TN, TX, VT, VA and Washington DC.

Last October, the Federal Superfund ran out of polluter-contributed funds, leaving taxpayers to shoulder the financial burden. The "polluter pays" taxes expired in 1995, and President Bush has refused to support this landmark principle, shifting the burden to taxpayers. This year, American taxpayers will pay upwards of $1.27 billion for the Superfund program-an increase of more than 300 percent since the fee expired in 1995.

CONTACTS: Lois Gibbs, CHEJ, 703-627-9483
Julie Wolk, U.S. PIRG, 202-546-9707
Annie Strickler, SC, 202-675-2384
Dave King, NET, 202-887-8800

NATIONAL CALENDAR OF FEDERAL SUPERFUND "POLLUTER PAY TAX DAY" EVENTS - APRIL 15, 2004

Alaska

Anchorage
11:00 AM
Anchorage Post Office, 344 West 3rd Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501
Alaska Community Action on Toxics, Pamela Miller, (907) 222-7714, pkmiller@akaction.net
Superfund sites: Fort Richardson, Elmendorf Air Force Base, and Standard Steel sites

California

Palo Alto
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Palo Alto Main Post Office, 2085 E. Bayshore Rd., Palo Alto, CA 94303
Loma Prieta Chapter, Sierra Club, Melissa Hippard, 650-390-8414, melissahippard@sierraclub.org

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Downtown Palo Alto Post Office, 380 Hamilton, Palo Alto CA 94301
Loma Prieta Chapter, Sierra Club, Melissa Hippard, 650-390-8414, melissahippard@sierraclub.org

Colorado

Crested Butte
Noon - 2:00 PM
Post Office, 217 Elk Ave., Crested Butte, CO 81224
Uncompahgre Group, Sierra Club Rocky Mountain Chapter and High Country Citizens' Alliance, Steve Glazer, 970-349-6646, steve@hccaonline.org
Potential Superfund site: Abandoned Standard Mine site.

Denver
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM People handing out "polluter pay" stickers. 12:00 PM Press Conference Downtown Denver Post Office, 951 20th St. (20th & Curtis), Denver CO 80202
Environment Colorado, Robin Hubbard, 303-573-3871 x310, rhubbard@environmentcolorado.org

Connecticut

West Hartford
11:00 AM
West Hartford Post Office, 102 LaSalle Rd, West Hartford, CT 06106
CONNPIRG, Hugh Williams & Chris Phelps, 860-233-7554, hwilliams@connpirg.org and cphelps@connpirg.org

Georgia

Atlanta
Press Release & Media Outreach, Environmental Community Action, 44 Broad St. NW, Atlanta, GA, Carol Williams, 404-584-6499, carol@eco-act.org

Iowa

Des Moines

2:00 PM
Des Moines Main Post Office, 1165 2nd Ave., Des Moines, IA 50301 Sierra Club, Tarah Heinzen, 515-251-3995, tarah.heinzen@sierraclub.org
The following event will be held on April 30th (Iowa State Tax Day) Iowa City 12:00 PM

Iowa City Central Post Office, 400 S. Clinton St., Iowa City, IA 52240 Iowa City Area Group, Sierra Club, Nick Maybanks, 319-248-1166, nick.maybanks@linncounty.org and nickmaygenieo@aol.com

Louisiana

Baton Rogue
12:00 PM
Main Post Office, 750 Florida Ave., Baton Rogue, LA 70821
Louisiana Environmental Action Network, Mary Lee Orr, 225-928-1315 X11, lean007@aol.com

Maryland

Baltimore
Time to be determined.
Post Office, Baltimore MD
Clean Water Action, Andrew Fellows, 202-895-0420 X102, lthorp@cleanwater.org

Massachusetts

Boston
10:00 PM
South Station Annex Post Office, Atlantic Ave. & Summer St., Boston MA 02110.
Toxic Action Center, Matt Wilson, 617-292-4821 X2, mwilson@toxicsaction.org

Michigan

Royal Oak
5:00 PM
Royal Oak Post Office, 200 West 2nd St., Royal Oak, MI 48068
PIRG in Michigan, Megan Owens, 734-662-6597, mowens@pirgim.org, and National Environmental Trust, Vicky Levengood, 517-333-5786, vleven@ameritech.net and Oakland County Group, Sierra Club, Bruce Hoeft, 248-259-2439.

Minnesota

Duluth
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Post Office, 2800 West Michigan St., Duluth MN 55802
Environmental Association for Great Lakes Education, Connie Minowa, 218-722-2655, connie@eagle-ecosource.org and Erin Jordahl-Redlin, Clean Water Action Alliance of Minnesota, 612-623-3666.
Superfund site: Arrowhead Refinery U.S. Steel site

Minneapolis
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Main Post Office, 100 South 1st St., Minneapolis MN 55401
BE SAFE MN and Environmental Association for Great Lakes Education, Janelle Sorensen, 612-722-5355, Janelle@eagle-ecosource.org and Erin Jordahl-Redlin, Clean Water Action Alliance of Minnesota, 612-623-3666.
Superfund site: CMC Heartland site (aka - Phillips Neighborhood Arsenic Triangle)

Nevada

Las Vegas
Press Release & Media Outreach, Citizen Alert, Peggy Maze Johnson, Las Vegas, NV, 702-796-5662, pmj1@citizenalert.org

New Hampshire

Claremont
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Post Office, 140 Broad St., Claremont, NH 03743
Citizens Leading for Environmental Action & Responsibility, Jackie Elliott, 603-542-9262, jcelliott44@earthlink.net

Concord
8:00 AM
Concord Post Office, 12 Loudon Rd., Unit 2, NH 03301
National Environmental Trust, Alexander P. Lee, 603-226-3098, 603-219-1195 (Cell), alee@laundrylist.org

Merrimack
Time to be determined
Post Office, 510 Daniel Webster Hwy, Merrimack, NH 03054
Cathy Symes, 603-320-0340, csymes@earthlink.net

Milford
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM (Tentative)
Post Office, 12 Mont Vernon Road, Milford NH 03055
Ruth Heden and Nolan Jones, 603-672-7051, ntjones@dragon.mv.com

Newport
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM (Tentative)
Post Office, 15 Park St., Newport, NH 03773
Citizens Leading for Environmental Action & Responsibility, Jackie Elliott, 603-542-9262, jcelliott44@earthlink.net Proposed Superfund site: Leaking landfill filled with over 300,000 tons of toxic ash.

Portsmouth
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
80 Daniel St., Ste. 998, Portsmouth NH 03801
National Environmental Trust, Rich Bianculli, 603-436-7356, 508-335-9005 (Cell), vermont22us@comcast.net.

New Jersey

Edison
12:00 PM
Post Office, 21 Kilmer Rd., Edison NJ 08899
Edison Wetlands Association, Bob Spiegel & Dave Wheeler, 732-287-5111, rspiegel@edisonwetlands.org, dwheeler@edisonwetlands.org

New York

Binghamton
12:00 PM
Main Binghamton Post Office, 115 Henry St., Binghamton, NY 13902 New York Public Interest Research Group and National Environmental Trust, Darren Hearn, 607-777-4971 and Rhonda Belluso, 845-255-4994, rbelluso@beethoven.nypirg.org.

Buffalo
12:00 PM
Niagara Square Post Office, 229 W. Genesee St., Buffalo, NY 14201 and 14202 New York Public Interest Research Group and National Environmental Trust, Josh Turner, 716-882-1549 and Rhonda Belluso, 845-255-4994, rbelluso@beethoven.nypirg.org.

New Paltz
12:00 PM
New Paltz Post Office, 41 Main St., New Paltz, NY 12561
New York Public Interest Research Group and National Environmental Trust, Michael Grenetz, 845-257-3085 and Rhonda Belluso, 845-255-4994, rbelluso@beethoven.nypirg.org.

New York City
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Main Post Office, 8th Ave. at 33rd St., NY, NY 10001
Sierra Club, Tresa Horney, 212-791-3600 x30, tresa.horney@sierraclub.org

12:00 PM
Hunter College Event, North Court Yard, Hunter College, NY, NY 10021 New York Public Interest Research Group and National Environmental Trust, David Weinberg, 212-772-4304 and Rhonda Belluso, 845-255-4994, rbelluso@beethoven.nypirg.org.

Purchase
12:00 PM
Purchase Post Office, 3003 Purchase St., Purchase, NY 10577
New York Public Interest Research Group and National Environmental Trust, Genevive Tahang, 914-251-6986 and Rhonda Belluso, 845-255-4994, rbelluso@beethoven.nypirg.org.

Syracuse
12:00 PM
Teall Post Office Station, 226 Teall Ave., Syracuse, NY 13210 New York Public Interest Research Group and National Environmental Trust, Sean Vormwald, 315-476-8381 and Rhonda Belluso, 845-255-4994, rbelluso@beethoven.nypirg.org.

North Carolina

Asheville
5:00 PM
Post Office, 33 Coxe Ave. Asheville NC 28801
Clean Water for North Carolina, Hope Taylor, 828-251-1291, htaylor@gloryroad.net

Oregon

Portland
4:30 - 7:00 PM and 9:30 PM - 11:30 PM
Main Post Office, 715 NW Hoyt St., Portland OR 97208
National Environmental Trust, Katy Daily, 503-221-7922 X13, kdaily@mrsspdx.com and Sierra Club, Kendra Kimbirauskas, kendra.kimbirauskas@sierraclub.org, 503-243-6656 and OSPIRG, Rhett Lawrence, rhettlawrence@yahoo.com, 503-231-4181 x313.
Superfund site: Portland Harbor

Pennsylvania

Perkasie
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Perkasie Post Office, North 7th St., Perkasie, PA 18944
Sierra Club Bucks County Group, George Emmons, 215-860-7134, gemmons@snip.net
Superfund site: Watson-Johnson site (Discovered by local Sierra Club activist.)

Tennessee

Nashville
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Post Office, 1109 Woodland Ave., Nashville TN 37206
Sierra Club, Caty Butcher, 615-347-1480, jlclbutch@comcast.net

Texas

Austin
5:00 PM
Downtown Post Office, 510 Guadalupe St., (Corner of 6th St.) Austin, TX 78701 TexPIRG, Stephanie Gros, 512-479-0388, Stephanie@texpirg.org

San Antonio
Time to be determined
Post Office, San Antonio, TX
San Antonio Sierra Club and TexPIRG, Stephanie Gros, 512-479-0388, Stephanie@texpirg.org

The following event will be held on April 17th.

Texas

Mission
5:00 PM
Pearson Elementary School, 315 Holland, Mission TX 78572
Residents of Mission Superfund Barrios, Iris Salinas, 210-373-4226, voiceoflaverdad@yahoo.com
Superfund sites: Hayes Samons site, Helena Chemical Co. site and Munoz Burrow Pit site.

Virginia

Merrifield
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM and 10:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Merrifield Post Office, 8409 Lee Highway, (Corner of Lee & Prosperity Ave.) Merrifield, VA 22081
Center for Health, Environment & Justice, Lois Gibbs, 703-237-2249, chej@chej.org

Washington DC
11:30 PM
National Capital Station Post Office, 2 Massachusetts Ave., NE, Washington DC
Clean Water Action, Andrew Fellows, 202-895-0420 X102, lthorp@cleanwater.org

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