For Immediate Release
September 26, 2006
Chandler Charges Perlmutter With Fearmongering
(Arvada) - Seventh Congressional District candidate, Dave Chandler, today called upon Democrat Ed Perlmutter to “stop the fearmongering” over the Deer Trails hazardous waste landfill near the town of Last Chance in Adams County.
“Perlmutter is way out of bounds with his rhetoric when he talks about ‘dumping of nuclear waste’ and ensuring ‘that the 7th District does not become a radioactive sacrifice zone’,” charged Chandler.
Chandler, himself, toured the Deer Trail hazardous waste landfill owned by Clean Harbors Environmental Services, Inc., last Tuesday.
“This landfill is now licensed to accept waste products like the sludge from the treatment of some of our drinking water that has very small amounts of radioactivity,” said Chandler. “They can accept nothing that measures over 2000 picocuries -- a picocurie is a trillionth of a curie -- not much more than the normal background radiation that we all live with every day.”
“That hardly deserves conjuring up fearful images of burying nuclear power plant fuel rods in Adams County,” said Chandler. “What Ed is saying is clearly deceptive and seems to be meant to scare people. He should stop it right now.”
Chandler said that it is particularly interesting that a lobbyist, Charles N. Malick, specifically mentioned as a supporter on the Perlmutter web site, has been retained by American Ecology, a competitor of Clean Harbors based in Idaho.
“That looks like a lot of influence from a lobbyist on this issue,” said Chandler. “We need a member of Congress for this district that does not appear to be so easily swayed.”
Chandler said that the responsible environmental position is that we must accept the consequences of our daily activities that produce hazardous waste.
“'Out of sight, out of mind' is not progressive environmental policy,” said Chandler who is running on the Green Party ticket. “We all drink water, we all use electricity generated from burning coal that produces low level radioactive bottom ash. It isn’t responsible to think that such inconvenient by-products of our modern lives should all be shipped out of state.”
Chandler says that if he is elected to the U.S. House of Representatives for the 7th Congressional District, he will always look to protect the health and environmental safety of area residents. He also said that because he will reject any and all gifts, honorariums, junkets and campaign contributions from lobbyists, he will be able to put the best interests of the citizens of the 7th district first.