To: The News Media and the Public
From: Deborah and Ken Ferruccio
Warren County, NC Citizens Concerned About PCBs
Subject: The Warren County 30th Anniversary PCB Celebration:
Why We Did Not Attend
Date: September 15, 2012
For the public record, we would like the news media and the public to know why we did not attend the 30th anniversary celebration of the Warren County PCB movement that was held on September 15, 2012, in Warren County at Coley Springs Baptist Church.
As long-time educators and activists who have worked to help protect Warren County and other communities targeted for high-risk waste facilities, we could not endorse the celebration that emphasized a government-dominated narrative which focused on the alleged health and safety of the PCB landfill site while ignoring much of the actual history surrounding the safety of the site.
The celebration featured a list of guest speakers and participants who had little or nothing to do with the grassroots efforts of Warren County citizens who created and launched the environmental justice movement that is known for transforming environmentalism. Instead, local, state, and federal EPA officials who often helped obstruct environmental justice for Warren County, told their version of the story.
To read more in specific why we did not attend the celebration, please read the attached letters. Either or both may be published as letters to the editors or as guest columns due their length.
For more information, you can contact us at Deborah Ferruccio, 252-257-2604 or
919-610-6234 and Ken Ferruccio at 252-257-9266 or 919-556-4834.