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)

Grand Manor Condo owners lose lawsuit against City of Lowell

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities One of this week’s most outrageous reports comes from the state of Massachusetts. Back in 1983, the City of Lowell sold land on Willard Street to a developer.  That land was formerly a quarry pit, and then a dump for more than a decade, before it was closed in the 1950s. In 2008, hazardous chemicals were discovered on the property of Grand Manor Condominiums. The City began its clean Continue ReadingGrand Manor Condo owners lose lawsuit against City of Lowell