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Rep Ed Staback



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 the County.

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 be missing.

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 Please stop accepting an outdated view of what Archbald can be.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 them out!


Citizens Against Flexible Foam


Flexible Foam Corporation®.:

This 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 help!

Flexible 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.

TDI 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

In Paso 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

In Eunice, 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 Press

In Glenola, 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

Flexible foam corporations track record is alarming and includes numerous concerns:

Spencerville, Ohio Flexible Foam rates as the second worst pollution source in the county.
Elkhart, Indiana Ranked by the department of Health and Energy as one of the "Cancer Dirty Dozen" companies for toxic levels of carcinogenic emissions.
The EPA "Repeated 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.



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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