Health report says Remco made Willits sick

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A report published by the University of California, San Francisco, concludes Willits is sicker than both Mendocino County and California as a whole, and Remco the machine shop and chrome plating facility that ...
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Feb 20, 2009
 
Little lake Grange at 1 p.m. on Saturday March 14th, a cannot afford to miss event.
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Feb 20, 2009
 
oh well... margie still gets an new hospital
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Feb 21, 2009
 
I KNOW that the city of Willits knew that they were going to dump poisons in '65-'66. I KNOW that the county of Mendocino knew about the poison dumping in Berry Creek 1972. We knew it was wrong, but they did nothing. Too bad none of the lawyers returned my calls or they would know too.
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Feb 21, 2009
 
my wife and all of her her children born and raised in willits in the early 1980's are having medical problems that are unexplainable they remember playing at baechtel creek elementary school and playing in the creek like kids do as well as drinking possibly tainted water amongst other things who knows I care not to speculate but if these contributing factors have somehow affected there chances of a healthy life I would like to see it brought to light and see the if there is a way to make my family as well as all of willits healthy and safe again and for our future generations.
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Feb 22, 2009
 
know wonder why im so retarded lol
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Feb 22, 2009
 
This is a very alaming article, noting the likelihood of Remco's detrimental effects on Willits residents. Unfortunately, the writer did such a poor job of deciphering the information, that it reads like a press release from a research scientist, instead of a newspaper article.(Ever hear of the inverted pyramid Mike?)

Doesn't good journalism also include comments from people effected by the story??? What do people in WIllits think about this study? What about outside scientific opinion? Hey, this is basically Erin Brokovich type material and it looks like you just rewrote the press release.

Very important info is included in this study, but please provide more readable and informative writing the next time you guys cover the subject; perhaps, after the Little Lake Grange presentation by Linda Remy.
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Feb 23, 2009
 
"We appreciate the financial support this community has already shown," says Handley. "We continue to need their support in the forms of donations and endowments."

Does anyone know who heads the Republican Party in Mendocino County?
Hint: Daddy dumped poisons into the creek, for
money.
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Feb 23, 2009
 
The corruption and disregard for peoples lives is sickening!
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larry of harrahs hood wrote:
my wife and all of her her children born and raised in willits in the early 1980's are having medical problems that are unexplainable they remember playing at baechtel creek elementary school and playing in the creek like kids do as well as drinking possibly tainted water amongst other things who knows I care not to speculate but if these contributing factors have somehow affected there chances of a healthy life I would like to see it brought to light and see the if there is a way to make my family as well as all of willits healthy and safe again and for our future generations.
interesting enough he hit all the streets named after the daughters of Willits' most infamous POLLUTER!-Robert Harrah After creating the destructive subdivisions of Pine Mountain and Brooktrails Harrah focused his energy on building yet another subdivision "Harrah Manor" While polluting Willits School Children with chromium and other toxic materials, Bob Harrah (who brought the Infamous Masonic Harrahs' Arch from Reno to Willits where he crowned the success of his pollution in front of Remco/Safeway) began naming streets in his infamous urban sprawl North of Willits after his own family members, ie Margie Lane is named ater Bob Harrahs daughter Margie Handley, YES the same Margie Handley who accepted the $4,000,000 check to build her Privately Owned Hospital ( see she is the chair of her daddies "Howard Foundation")- the Howard Foundation was founded by the polluter himself.
I wonder if maybe he knew he was poisoning the local citizens and knew one day his family would profit from the polluted peoples health ailments.--- Why else would he invest so much cash in to starting thios foundation- guilt??? Maybe! Greed??? Maybe!
Anyways heres the Polluter poisoners daughter and here "foundation"
http://www.howardfoundation.org/board.html
Can any one say "CORRUPTION!"
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MARGIE HANDLEY TALKS ABOUT HER “GREEN HOSPITAL” ON YOUTUBE!
CONTAMINATION, NO CLEANUP AND THE $4,000,000 CHECK!
WHAT ABOUT THE CONTAMINATION ON BAECHTEL ROAD?
What about Margie Handley, the Daughter of Mr. Harrah, the man who started REMCO hydraulics, the company that poisoned and polluted Willits for 50 so years. Remco was started as a machine shop with Mr. Harrahs brother in the 1950’s. Margie Handley is the one who received the $4,000,000 check from the city of Willits on behalf of the Howard Foundation of which she chairs the board.
http://www.howardfoundation.org/ She has a street named after her “MARGIE DRIVE” in S. Willits by the Mormon Church in the subdivided suburban sprawl called Harrahs Manor which her father created and named the streets after family members. Margie Handley owns Hot Rocks the company who now leases the property on Baechtel Road, where Remco dumped tens of thousands of gallons of cromium - which has never been cleaned up or investigated properly. According to their own reports they only took soil samples from the top 5 feet, therefore there would not be any chromium I saw the barrels as a kid being buried by a caterpillar dozer. In fact, the Hot Rocks rock crusher sits directly over the area where there is thousands of gallons illegally buried, any coincidence, check it out for yourselves! There are old aerial photos of the area showing the old log ponds location where according to employees and locals alike ( i saw it with my own two eyes) the chromium was dumped. Mrs. Harrah. Margie Handleys mom donated to the Howard Foundation the property on which the new Howard Hospital is to be built. Anybody know any more on the REMCO FAMILY SCANDEL??
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what about the Shell Lane Contamination and the Collies Pond contamination????

Is Margie Handley gonna clean up her daddies mess?
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Decades of Dumping

The Remco plant closed in 1995. It is located in downtown Willits on Highway 101, beneath the arch proclaiming Willits the “Gateway to the Redwoods” and “Heart of Mendocino County.”

From court documents, Forrests’s parents learned that five underground plating tanks from 32 to 70 feet deep intersect groundwater aquifers. Since the 1940s the site had been used in chrome-plating operations for a variety of applications, beginning with sawmill equipment and expanding to include hydraulic cylinders, military gun barrels, offshore drilling equipment, tunneling equipment, hydraulic actuators for nuclear power plants, and steering mechanisms for nuclear submarines.

Founder Bill Harrah imported the old Reno, Nevada arch, installing it as the Willits arch. He also was a major supporter of Howard Memorial Hospital. The hospital and health department now are overseen by the Mendocino County Supervisors, one of whom is mortuary owner and former Willits mayor Tom Lucier.

The company had operated as Harrah Brothers, Pneumo-Abex, Stanray, and Remco Hydraulics, and had been reported numerous times for spillages and discharges into nearby Baechtel Creek (EPA ID#CAD000097287).

“I knew it was dead wrong.”
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“I knew it was dead wrong.”

At one hearing a Whitman attorney told the judge,“Your honor, there are documents we don’t want exposed to public view.” Evidence now indicates that dumping at Remco was intentionally performed upon orders from management over a period of years. Former workers testify in depositions to witnessing and performing dumping into groundwater, into Baechtel Creek, and directly into a well.

“I knew it was dead wrong,” said one,“I was just a worker and I was following orders.” Another says he came into the plant on a weekend and saw the boss and others emptying several barrels into a neighboring well. The depositions are under a gag order in Los Angeles court case Jensen-Kelly et al. v. Allianz Insurance et al.

The 1996 Interim Remedial Measures Workplan, in place at the time Forrest Hernandez died, states that contaminated water in hotspots would be pumped out and disposed of “under permit ” to the City of Willits sewer plant. The IRM Workplan was prepared by Henshaw and Associates, whose regulatory director, Kurt Swart, teaches a course in Waste Stream Management at the University of California Santa Cruz Extension.(see www.ucsc-extension.edu )

A FOI request to the City of Willits in May 1998 showed no records for the storage, transportation, or disposal of hazardous waste in the previous year. Officials at EPA and the State Regional Water Quality Control Board report they have not issued, and cannot issue, a permit to dump into the sewer.
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Even miniscule amounts of chromium 6 can cause cancer. Blame that do-gooder nutrient, vitamin C.

Brown University researchers have discovered that naturally occurring vitamin C reacts inside human lung cells with chromium 6, or hexavalent chromium, and causes massive DNA damage. Low doses of chromium 6, combined with vitamin C, produce up to 15 times as many chromosomal breaks and up to 10 times more mutations - forms of genetic damage that lead to cancer - compared with cells that lacked vitamin C altogether.

This finding is startling, said Anatoly Zhitkovich, an associate professor of medical science at Brown who oversaw the experiments. Outside cells, Zhitkovich said, vitamin C actually protects against the cellular damage caused by hexavalent chromium, the toxic chemical that starred as the villain in the true-to-life Hollywood drama, Erin Brockovich. In fact, vitamin C has been used as an antidote in industrial accidents and other instances when large amounts of chromium are ingested.

Vitamin C works protective wonders because it is a powerful antioxidant, blocking cellular damage from free radicals. Specifically, the vitamin rapidly "reduces," or adds electrons, to free radicals, converting them into harmless molecules. This electron transfer from vitamin C to chromium 6 produces chromium 3, a form of the compound that is unable to enter cells.

But what happens when chromium and vitamin C come together inside cells? Because vitamin C isn't found in cells grown in a lab, Zhitkovich and his team conducted experiments using human lung cells supplemented with vitamin C. They learned that when vitamin C is present, chromium reduction has a very different effect. Cellular vitamin C acted as a potent toxic amplifier, sparking significantly more chromosomal breaks and cellular mutations.

"When we increased the concentration of vitamin C inside cells, we saw progressively more mutations and DNA breaks, showing how seemingly innocuous amounts of chromium can become toxic," Zhitkovich said. "For years, scientists have wondered why exposure to small amounts of hexavalent chromium can cause such high rates of cancer. Now we know. It's vitamin C."

Hexavalent chromium is used to plate metals and to make paints, dyes, plastics and inks. As an anticorrosive agent, it is also added to stainless steel, which releases hexavalent chromium during welding. Hexavalent chromium causes lung cancer and is found in 40 percent of Superfund sites nationwide. This is the toxic metal, found in drinking water in a small California town, that Erin Brockovich campaigned against, successfully winning residents a record settlement of $333 million in 1996.

Zhitkovich said his team's research, published in Nucleic Acids Research, might have policy implications. When combined with vitamin C, chromium 6 caused genetic damage in cells in doses four times lower than current federal standards, Zhitkovich said. If additional research backs these findings, he said federal regulators might want to lower exposure standards.

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Article adapted by Medical News Today from original press release.
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Zhitkovich is part of a major Brown research initiative, the Superfund Basic Research Program, which addresses the health and environmental concerns created by hazardous waste contamination. As part of this program, funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Zhitkovich is conducting basic research that may result in a medical test that assesses DNA damage from hexavalent chromium.

Former Brown graduate student Mindy Reynolds was lead author of the journal article. Brown research assistant Lauren Stoddard and postdoctoral research associate Ivan Bespalov also took part in the research.

The National Institutes of Health funded the work.
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Feb 24, 2009
 
DON'T FORGET TO CHECK THE PETERS PROPERTY OFF OF SHELL LANE WHERE THE HOT ROCKS QUARRY PILE SITS!
THATS WHERE ALL THE CHROMIUM IS BURIED UP TO 50 FEET DEEP! RIGHT WHERE THE OLD LOG POND SAT!
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Feb 24, 2009
 
From what I remember guys talking about, they did dump over there too on Shell Lane.

I also remember Bob Peters getting cited (before he died) dumping something over there also. It was in the Willits news back then. I don't remember what it was.

According to this report there were 20 sites.

Dumping now has been reported at twenty locations:

934 South Main St.
Page Pits
Berry Creek (off Page Pits)
Bob Peters' property (Shell Lane)
Collie's pond
Brooktrails Community
475 San Francisco St.
175 Lenore St.
City sewer
The open field behind Valley Oaks Trailer Park
The open field behind Page Pits
West hwy 20 Bridge near KOA campground
Under freeway south hwy 101 where two lanes turn to four
Ponds on Muir Mill Road
Quadrio property
Sherwood Rancheria Indian Land
Baechtel Creek
Pond near Nolans' property
Well on Luna's property
Willits Rail Yard.

"A FOI request to the City of Willits in May 1998 showed no records for the storage, transportation, or disposal of hazardous waste in the previous year. Officials at EPA and the State Regional Water Quality Control Board report they have not issued, and cannot issue, a permit to dump into the sewer.

In December 1998, another Willits site, the Peters property at Shell Lane, was investigated by the California Department of Toxic Substance Control and Federal ATF officials. Criminal investigations are continuing, according to the California Attorney General and the U.S.Attorney in San Francisco, but no criminal charges have yet been filed."

I don't know how true this is, but here's the link.

http://www.earthspeak.org/
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interesting enough he hit all the streets named after the daughters of Willits' most infamous POLLUTER!-Robert Harrah After creating the destructive subdivisions of Pine Mountain and Brooktrails Harrah focused his energy on building yet another subdivision "Harrah Manor" While polluting Willits School Children with chromium and other toxic materials, Bob Harrah (who brought the Infamous Masonic Harrahs' Arch from Reno to Willits where he crowned the success of his pollution in front of Remco/Safeway) began naming streets in his infamous urban sprawl North of Willits after his own family members, ie Margie Lane is named ater Bob Harrahs daughter Margie Handley, YES the same Margie Handley who accepted the $4,000,000 check to build her Privately Owned Hospital ( see she is the chair of her daddies "Howard Foundation")- the Howard Foundation was founded by the polluter himself.
I wonder if maybe he knew he was poisoning the local citizens and knew one day his family would profit from the polluted peoples health ailments.--- Why else would he invest so much cash in to starting thios foundation- guilt??? Maybe! Greed??? Maybe!
Anyways heres the Polluter poisoners daughter and here "foundation"
http://www.howardfoundation.org/board.html
Can any one say "CORRUPTION!"
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Feb 24, 2009
 
Found on topix....\
(While we may be too late to participate in the lawsuit I believe that our family is a victim of the pollution in Willits in a big way. Out of our family of six, mom, dad and the four of us sisters four of us have or have had cancer. Our father died from it and it appears now that one of our sisters may also. The younger girls all attended the schools near Remco in the 70's and 80's, concidence? I think not. Even participation in the lawsuit would not give our family back what has been taken from us. I say shame on those responsible for taking innocent lives and affecting the lives of so many more.)

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Remco not only dumped at the PAGE PITS, and contaminated the REMCO site, which sits directly North and upwind from Baechtel Grove Middle School, but see, it was far cheaper to just dump it in the Creek on Highway TWENTY West of Willits, or off Cropely Lane West of Willits. There was also Chromium dumped out Two Rock lookout, Muir Mill Road, and reported stories by employees, of the chromium being mixed into concrete and used on peoples home slabs. Harrahs Manor was part of The Harrah Ranch before they developed it into the sprwl it is today, the Harrahs had tremendous influence taking part on such endeavors as Microphor and Advanced Manufacturing and Development. Tremendous political power on a National Level with Military contracts as well as locally with the City of Willits and the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors, the Willits Valley was easily polluted by Remco and the likes. When Robert Harrah died of cancer, unlike any other Willits citizens his obituary was published in the New York times, it doesn’t mention the legacy of pollution but it does mention that he was “director and special assistant to the Abex president and Mr. Harrah also served until 1987 as a director of Illinois Central Industries, the corporate parent of Abex”. Remco Abex is who was responsible for a great amount of the contamination and dumping in and around Willits of which he was a director! Most kids who attended Baechtel Grove will remember cutting across the contaminated REMCO PROPERTY to go to Lunas Market,( recently tore down due to contamination), they let the kids on that poisoned land and let them walk in the water of the poisoned ditch right next to REMCO seperating Remco from the School. Kids had extreme cases of allergic reactions on their faces from the air, and local doctors would prescribe pills and creams explaining it was only acne, later during the summer or when at the High School their complexions would clear right up.
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HOW MANY WILLITS PEOPLE HAVE THEIR OBIT POSTED IN THE NEW YORK TIMES??
THIS GUY POLLUTTED THE ENTIRE WILLITS AREA WITH HIS TOXIC CHEMICALS!
RECENTLY THE POLLUTERS DAUGHTER ACCEPTED THE $4,000,000 SETTLEMENT CHECK THE CITY OF WILLITS "ACCEPTED" INSTEAD OF BEGINING PUBLIC HEALTH MONITORING AS THE DESCENT DECREE CALLED FOR!
THIS IS THE WILLITS REMCO SCANDEL THRWN ON THE BACK BURNER WHILE THE CHROMIUM ON SHELL LANE UNDER THE HOTROCKS CRUSHER MARGIE HANDLEY OWNS, SINKS FURTHER INTO THE GROUND WATER??
Robert Harrah, 77, Business Executive And Philanthropist
Published: June 12, 1993
Robert E. Harrah, an industrialist, died Wednesday at his home southeast of Willits. He was 77.
His family said the cause was cancer.
In 1942, Mr. Harrah began a lucrative business career that took him into corporate boardrooms across the United States by starting a sawmill with his three brothers. He soon after started Harrah Machine Works, a producer of sawmill equipment. He then founded Remco Hydraulics Inc. and Microphor Inc.
Remco was acquired by Stanrey Corporation of Chicago in the early 1970's, and Mr. Harrah became chairman of the board and chief executive officer of that corporation.
In 1977 Stanrey was acquired by the Abex Corporation of New York, and Mr. Harrah became a corporation director and special assistant to the Abex president. Mr. Harrah also served until 1987 as a director of Illinois Central Industries, the corporate parent of Abex.
Until his death, Mr. Harrah served as chairman of the family-owned Harrah Industries.
In 1988 Mr. Harrah and his wife, Jayne, donated the land and materials for construction of the Willits center for the elderly, which was later named in honor of Mr. Harrah's father, William F. Harrah. Mr. Harrah also served as chairman of the Frank R. Howard Foundation, the fund-raising arm of Howard Hospital in Willits, a town in Northern California.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Harrah is survived by two daughters, Margie Handley and Bonnie Dye; three sisters, Nancy Knick, Lillian Harrah and Julia La Bare; 6 grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren.

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