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Borough Council Members
|Open letter to
the citizens of Archbald:
Although Flexible Foam won its bid to build on Salem Mountain,
that doesn't mean the citizens of Archbald have no further recourse.
When election time rolls around please remember that:
1) The current council, on advice of their lawyer, would not discuss
or share information they had concerning Flexible Foam, which would
have allowed all sides to make more educated decisions.
2) A "mysterious" missing page of the zoning ordinance
was suddenly submitted in court at the Flexible Foam hearing. This
page is not even in the zoning ordinance that is registered with
3) Minutes from crucial decision-making meetings are not available
for citizens to review (if fact, they cannot even be found). Your
rights are being taken away from you because of the ineptness in
the council's day-to-day business dealings. It was Flexible Foam
this time, next time the minutes to something you care about might
If you want to live in a borough that seems to make "back-room"
decisions...if you want to live in a borough where your elected
council members will not answer direct questions on the advice of
their lawyer...if you want to live in a borough that doesn't allow
you due process by sharing documents that are supposed to be public
record...stay home, shut your doors and don't complain when things
don't go your way.
However, if you care about your community, care about the environment
that your children will be raised in, and care about the future
of Archbald Borough, please start questioning decisions that don't
seem to have our best interest at heart. Please start attending
borough meetings. Please stop accepting an outdated view of what
Archbald can be.
In addition, it is time for all the citizens of Archbald to elect
council members that more closely resemble what Archbald has become
-- a town of young, educated, professional people who are paying
a LOT of money in taxes to have the "opportunity" to live
here. We need to protect this area for our children and our children's
children. We need to do all we can do to make sure that Archbald
does not become another dumping ground like the beautiful town of
Taylor. We need to put parameters in place so that when manufacturers
come into our town, they are non-polluting, clean manufacturers
offering good jobs on a pay-scale that can support a family.
Our only concern from the very beginning was that our children
be safe and grow up in a healthy environment. Flexible Foam has
been very gracious in helping us achieve that, but diligence is
still the order of the day. Please keep that in mind on the 3rd
Wednesday of every month. And remember, election time is rolling
around...if you are pleased with how your Borough handled Flexible
Foam, let them be re-elected. If you think its time for a change...vote
Citizens Against Flexible Foam
company produces foam for commercial and residential uses. They first
attempted to locate in Palmyra Township in Wayne County. The Residents
of Wayne County were successful in stopping them. We can too with your
Foam will be storing 24,000 gallons of Toluene Diisocyanate (TDI),
a highly combustible chemical, 1 mile from the Valley View Schools
and 2 miles from Mid Valley Schools. TDI is reasonably anticipated
to be a human carcinogen, in other words: it causes cancer.
accidents happen all too frequently. A foam company in San Antonio recently
had a fire that forced 600 people from their homes, schools and businesses.
Flames shot over 150 feet into the air, and deadly hydrogen cyanide
was released into the air. The dense black smoke was seen for over
25 miles. The creeks and streams nearby were contaminated with polyurethane
resin. Source: Associated Press
Robles, CA, a potentially deadly cloud mushroomed from a ruptured pipe.
Over 600 people were evacuated. There was a plume of chemical
and steam. It is deadly if inhaled
Prisoners at a nearby
facility were locked inside buildings and the windows and doors sealed
with duct tape. Source: Associated Press
LA over 3,000 people were evacuated from their homes for over 5
days when a railcar carrying TDI exploded. It looked like those
pictures of the atomic bomb, a mushroom cloud Source: Associated
NC a foam factory was closed after residents complained of becoming ill.
State Health Spokesperson said What you have got is a situation
that because of the close proximity of the factory to the residents, you
have a human lab experiment Source: NC Chemical
foam corporations track record is alarming and includes numerous concerns:
Foam rates as the second worst pollution source in the county.
by the department of Health and Energy as one of the "Cancer
Dirty Dozen" companies for toxic levels of carcinogenic emissions.
exposure to TDI produces Cumulative decrease in lung function"
Flexible Foam Corp.
says they will create 50-100 jobs in a three year period. The wages stated
by Flexible foam Atty. Mustard will only be $8.50 to $9.00 per hour.
Additionally, they will locate in a TIF zone which severely limits the
company's tax liability to the community, the schools and the infrastructure
of the borough.
Why did this process
go on since at least May of 2002 without the residents being informed
or asked for comment? The risks outweigh the only slight advantage...
more low paying jobs.
FLEXIBLE FOAM CORP. TRIED FOR ARSON
Mr. Moeller was twice tried (one in federal court,
once in state court) on criminal charges regarding a fire that
occurred at his plant....
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