Fairway Oaks, Jacksonville homeowners protest environmental contamination

Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Today’s post is an update to an ongoing story of environmental injustice. Fairway Oaks residents have been fighting a legal battle against Habitat for Humanity – Jacksonville (HabiJax) and the city of Jacksonvile for more than a decade. In December, in response the City’s request to dismiss the case, Duvall County Judge Karen Cole ruled that a class action lawsuit brought by homeowners could move forward. The lawsuit claims Continue ReadingFairway Oaks, Jacksonville homeowners protest environmental contamination

Critics say scanning for radioactivity at Hunters Point HOA is nothing more than a PR stunt (CA)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   When land becomes scarce and housing demand is high, city and county governments find it very tempting to redevelop brownfields. A brownfield, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): …is a property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant. It is estimated that there are more than 450,000 brownfields in the U.S. Continue ReadingCritics say scanning for radioactivity at Hunters Point HOA is nothing more than a PR stunt (CA)

Shell Oil, Dole settle for $120M with Carousel HOA in Carson (CA)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities This is one story that makes me angry and brings tears to my eyes at the same time. Carousel Homeowners Association (HOA) was constructed on a land tract that once contained concrete lined crude oil storage tanks owned by Shell Oil. In the 1960s the tract was sold to developer Barclay Hollander, and later acquired by Dole Food Co. At the time the land was developed as a planned community Continue ReadingShell Oil, Dole settle for $120M with Carousel HOA in Carson (CA)

SF Shipyard residents concerned that toxic soil may lurk beneath their condos

Class action lawsuit filed against Tetra Tech, for falsifying records during environmental clean up assignment Plaintiffs claim asthma, cancer, and other serious health issues due to long-term exposure Current residents demand retesting for radioactive toxins By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities How far would real estate developers, some city officials, and the U.S. Navy go to cover up what has been called the biggest case of ‘eco-fraud’ in the U.S.? That question is at the Continue ReadingSF Shipyard residents concerned that toxic soil may lurk beneath their condos