Record Turn-Out for Earth Day 2018 Activities

Earth Day 2018 Activities What a fine day we had last Saturday! The IPFW College of Arts and Sciences START program funded a record involvement of IPFW students to grow mini-gardens to give away at our events on Earth Day in Hartford City. Thank you, IPFW! Seven vans of IPFW students associated with Dr. Steiner in Sociology and Dr. LeBlanc in Communications joined us for a full morning of activities. Jabin Burnsworth also brought a carload of AP Science students from Manchester High School. Activities occurred throughout Hartford City.

Downtown Barbecue Compliments of John Oxley

 Downtown Barbecue Compliments of John Oxley Saturday was the best turn-out of citizens we have had at any event. The hub of activity was downtown at John Oxley’s barbecue. The food was quite an attraction, but Eric Evans, BCCC President, said that he personally talked with people non-stop throughout the event. Students gathered comment cards from residents and gave away mini-gardens to residents. The group made a great impression! Just look at the smiles.

Blackford Junior High School

IPFW student posters of information about Hartford Iron and Metal at the Junior High SchoolIPFW students had posters of information about Hartford Iron and Metal at the Junior High School. They gave away mini-gardens to visitors, answered questions, and talked about future plans for additional moss testing. Dr. Frank from Hoosier Environmental Council talked with residents about the public health implications of heavy metal exposure. We are grateful to Blackford Junior High School for opening their doors and providing a place for students to present their posters. Thanks as well to Katie at Common Grounds for providing coffee and snacks.

City-Wide Trash Pick Up

City-Wide Trash Pick Up IPFW students joined Hartford City residents in picking up trash to clean up city streets after this long dreary winter. There were almost as many student volunteers as there were volunteers from Hartford City! Everyone worked up an appetite for the lunch provided by John Oxley.

Library Mini-Garden Giveaway

Library Mini-Garden Giveaway The library was celebrating its expansion. Unfortunately, the wind came up and made the area quite chilly. Students stayed and gave away mini-gardens, but everyone was happy to get downtown to join others at John’s to warm-up and eat.

Preparing Trees for Planting

Preparing Trees for Planting Jabin Burnworth’s students from Manchester High School prepared trees for planting in recognition of Earth Day. They took the tree bundle to the park, separated trees, and bagged them to be given away at various locations for planting.Thank you, Jabin!

Mini-Garden Giveaway in Fort Wayne!

Mini-Garden Giveaway in Fort Wayne! When we collaborated with IPFW to grow mini-gardens in the IPFW greenhouse, we also collaborated with organizations in Fort Wayne. This week, more than 100 mini-gardens were given to students and food insecure residents in Fort Wayne. Faculty translated plant care instructions into Spanish, Burmese, Arabic, French and Japanese.

Community Harvest was delighted to receive the mini-gardens Community Harvest was delighted to receive the mini-gardens. This project built a lot of good will between students, the university, residents of Fort Wayne, and Blackford County Concerned Citizens.

Purdue Fort Wayne Funds Moss Testing!

Dr. Sherrie Steiner in the Anthropology and Sociology Department and Dr. Jordan Marshall from Biology applied for a research grant to conduct another round of moss testing. If you live near Hartford Iron and Metal and are interested in hosting a moss station on your property, please contact Dr. Steiner at steiners[at]pfw[dot]edu. They are looking to identify nine locations by the end of June. Thank you!

Come to the Junior High School Saturday April 21st

giving away free growing vegetables Blackford County Concerned Citizens is giving away free growing vegetables and distributing information about relocating Hartford Iron and Metal. Dr. Indra Frank will be present to answer any questions about health risks associated with pollution. IPFW students will be presenting information about air and groundwater conditions.

 

Saturday, April 21st from 10 am – 12 pm
Blackford Junior High School
700 West Conger Street
Hartford City, IN 47938

IPFW vans will also be downtown distributing vegetables and IPFW students are helping pick up trash in the community neighborhoods.

Note: The location was recently changed from City Hall to the Junior High School.

Please continue paying attention to this important issue. Thank you for your involvement.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at 765-730-4168 or email us at blackfordcoconcernedcitizens[at]gmail[dot]com.

Mayor Hodgin and City Council Respond!

Hooray for Mayor Hodgin! Hooray for City Council Members!

Local Residents InvolvedIn a packed City Hall on Saturday morning, students from Dr. Sherrie Steiner’s class at IPFW and BCCC board members presented information and evidence from their nearly 3 year-long search and investigation about the high incidence of cancer and neurological disease in Blackford County.

In addition to the concerned residents, students from Taylor University, Manchester University, and North Manchester High School were in attendance.

The presentation focused on the air surrounding and the groundwater underneath Hartford Iron & Metal (HI&M). The presentation urged the government to support relocating HI&M to another location such as the Industrial Park. IPFW students presented drawings showing the possible business benefits to HI&M associated with relocation. The students also created posters explaining evidence of fugitive dust contamination.

November, 18 2017 MeetingEvidence presented showed contamination of the groundwater with heavy metals such as chromium, cadmium, nickel, lead, and arsenic, and that the flow of the groundwater was in the direction of city wells. Evidence from recent testing also showed air around the site was contaminated with similar heavy metals, suggesting that the only solution to protect the health of citizens is relocation.

Comments from citizens expressing their concerns about the situation were read to the attentive Mayor and City Council Members for a half an hour. More than fifty comment cards had been submitted related to what it has been like living near Hartford Iron and Metal, concerns over groundwater contamination and explaining why they want HI&M to relocate.

Upon hearing the presentation and asking several good questions, the Mayor and Council suggested the Mayor appoint a group to further study relocation of the local business. Mayor Hodgin boldly suggested that he would personally ask a representative from Hartford Iron and Metal to participate in the group. “That’s my job,” Hodgin said to the audience!

President Evans Ending On A Positive NoteIn closing, BCCC President, Eric Evans, encouraged all to focus on the solution to this community issue with cooperation as their guiding thought.

Please continue paying attention to this important issue. Thank you for your involvement!

 

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at 765-730-4168 or email us at blackfordcoconcernedcitizens[at]gmail[dot]com.

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From The Presentation

Relocation Logistics New Location Urban Farming
Relocation Site Logistics Relocation Site Logistics Urban Farming

Proposed Urban Farm Layout

Resources

Government Officials Contact Information
Summary Of The Situation
Test Results From April 2017

Relocate Hartford Iron And Metal. Good For Business. Good For Health.

Residents of Hartford City,

We are collecting signatures and comments from the community to present to city officials in the meeting on Saturday, November 18th, 10 am at City Hall, 700 N. Walnut St., Hartford City, IN.

The <a href="http://www.in.gov/idem/">Indiana Department of Environmental Management</a> has allowed Hartford Iron and Metal to continue business and to expand operations for eleven years after being originally cited for violations even though they are still not in compliance with the Court Order Decree of 2009. You are also invited to the meeting on November 18th.

Have your voice heard! Please complete the comment card if you would like to ask city officials to enforce the law, and work with Hartford Iron and Metal to relocate to the Industrial Park.

Also, please forward the comment card to friends and family.

Hartford Iron and Metal currently operates in a residential neighborhood. Contaminated fugitive dust is descending on residents in the neighborhood where children play. This is against the law and needs to be addressed.

 

 

These are the results from tests conducted in April of this year.

Dust In The Wind Metals In Moss Health Implications
Dust In The Wind Metals In Moss Health Implications Of Heavy Metal Exposure

Map of the locations moss samples were taken.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at 765-730-4168 or email us at blackfordcoconcernedcitizens[at]gmail[dot]com.

Help! This Is A Critical Time For Your Voice!

Fugitive Dust - Dust that moves over Hartford Iron's property line is a violation of state rules (326 IAC 6-4 and 6-5) On Saturday, October 21st, a meeting took place at City Hall. Very few residents attended the informative presentation by IPFW students.

The Mayor and Council Persons witnessed the low turnout causing them to believe no one cares about Hartford Iron and Metal. Blackford County Concerned Citizens is working to persuade government officials to act concerning the problems at Hartford Iron and Metal, but it is nearly impossible without support of the community.

We realize it was Fall break week and a nice day, so we have created an electronic opportunity for you to respond. This is your opportunity to ask city government to relocate Hartford Iron and Metal to the Industrial Park.

Spread the news far and wide! Here is what you can do:

We Need You! The Time To Act Is Now! Don’t Be Ignored!

 

Contact the officials on the list below and request that they attend the meeting on Saturday, November 18th:

     
Hartford City Mayor’s Office
Mayor Ben Hodgin mayorhodgin@hartfordcity.net (765)348-0412
Arlene West, Administrative Assistant aswest@hartfordcity.net (765)348-0412
     
Hartford City Mayor’s Office
Mayor Ben Hodgin mayorhodgin@hartfordcity.net (765)348-0412
Arlene West, Administrative Assistant aswest@hartfordcity.net (765)348-0412
     
Hartford City Council
Dennis Nottingham, District 1 dwnottingham@sbcglobal.net (765)348-5215
Dustin George, District II dustinmgeorge@gmail.com (765)331-9232
Jimmy Lytle, District III jrlytle@mmm.com (765)730-0655
William Hess, District IV bhess8@comcast.net (765)348-0549
Garry Monroe, At-Large gmdoordr@yahoo.com (765)348-6076
     
Police
Scott D. Mealy, Chief hcpdsmealy@hartfordcity.net (765)348-4819
     
Board Of Public Works And Safety
G. Andrew Glentzer aglentzer@gmail.com (765)348-5400
Cindy Gross cgross125@gmail.com (765)348-4794
     
Hartford City Water Works
Ronald Thomas, Superintendent hartfordcitywater@yahoo.com (765)348-2230
     
Waste Water Treatment
Gregg Jones gjones@hartfordcity.net (765)348-3855
     
Blackford County Economic Development
Colton Bickel, Exec. Dir. colton@blackfordindiana.com (765)348-4944
     
Blackford County Health Department
John Lancaster, President jlancaster@blackfordcounty.com (765)348-1620
Donald Hunsberger, Chairman, BC Board of Health (765)348-4317 and (765)348-0300
     
Indiana Department of Environmental Management
Donald Snemis, General Counsel & Deputy Chief of Staff dsnemis@idem.in.gov
Paul Higginbotham, Deputy Assistant Commissioner (Water) phigginb@idem.in.gov
Nancy Johnston njohnsto@idem.in.gov
Office of Air Quality, Compliance & Enforcement Branch (317)233-6865
David Zier, BC Air Compliance Inspector dzier@idem.in.gov (317)233-1136
     
Environmental Protection Agency
Rafael Gonzalez Gonzalez.rafaelp@epa.gov (312)886-0269

Hartford Iron and Metal

Summary Of The Situation

Since 2006, Hartford Iron and Metal in Hartford City, Indiana, has been in violation for improper methods for containing harmful chemicals, including PCBs, from their industrial work.

In 2009 the Indiana Department of Environmental Management and Hartford Iron and Metal agreed, in a Court Approved Consent Decree, to clean their site.

In 2011, and again in 2015, IDEM completed another inspection and found Hartford Iron and Metal was still in violation. Some methods of cleanup did occur, but none of them were substantial enough to actually make a difference.

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management has allowed Hartford Iron and Metal to continue business and to expand operations for eleven years after being originally cited for violations even though they are still not in compliance with the Court Order Decree of 2009.

It is time for real change for the citizens of Hartford City. Come join that change on November 18th at 10 a.m. The meeting will be located at City Hall, 700 N. Walnut St., Hartford City, IN.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at 765-730-4168 or email us at blackfordcoconcernedcitizens[at]gmail[dot]com.

IDEM Continues to Drop the Ball in Hartford City

The <a href="http://www.in.gov/idem/">Indiana Department of Environmental Management</a> has allowed Hartford Iron and Metal to continue business and to expand operations for eleven years after being originally cited for violations even though they are still not in compliance with the Court Order Decree of 2009. Since 2006, Hartford Iron and Metal in Hartford City, Indiana, has been in violation for improper methods for containing harmful chemicals, including PCBs, from their industrial work.

In 2009 the Indiana Department of Environmental Management and Hartford Iron and Metal agreed, in a Court Approved Consent Decree, to clean their site.

In 2011, and again in 2015, IDEM completed another inspection and found Hartford Iron and Metal was still in violation. Some methods of cleanup did occur, but none of them were substantial enough to actually make a difference.

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management has allowed Hartford Iron and Metal to continue business and to expand operations for eleven years after being originally cited for violations even though they are still not in compliance with the Court Order Decree of 2009.

It is time for real change for the citizens of Hartford City. Come join that change on October 21st and November 18th at 10 a.m. The meetings are located at City Hall, 700 N. Walnut St., Hartford City, IN.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at 765-730-4168 or email us at blackfordcoconcernedcitizens[at]gmail[dot]com.

The Neighborhood Impact of Hartford Iron and Metal [Updated 10/14/2016]

A Community Dialogue

Join the Conversation — Open to the General Public

  • Who: Representatives from the Hoosier Environmental Council, Hartford Iron & Metal, Blackford County Concerned Citizens, and Technical Assistance to Brownfields Communities (TAB)
  • What: Engage in conversation about how to address the impact of Hartford Iron & Metal on the immediate neighborhood
  • When: October 22, 2016 10 am – 1 pm
  • Where: City Hall, 700 North Walnut Street, Hartford City, IN map
  • Why: Neighborhood interests are underrepresented in remediation plans

Hartford Iron and Metal

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A collaborative project between Blackford County Concerned Citizens and IPFW

 

Blackford County Concerned CitizensIndiana Campus CompactIPFW

 

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Indiana Campus Compact (ICC) is a partnership of Indiana’s public, private, and community college higher education institutions focused on advocating, implementing, and improving service engagement, so that students graduate as well-informed, engaged and productive members of society, who are fully enabled to provide leadership and service that advances the public good in their communities. For more information, please visit www.indianacampuscompact.org.

Meeting on Hartford Iron Cleanup

Blackford County Concerned Citizens (BCCC) in partnership with the Hoosier Environmental Council (HEC) has reviewed the public record on the Hartford Iron contamination and cleanup.

On Saturday, Nov 7, 2015, BCCC hosted a meeting to provide an update on the cleanup. 18 Blackford County citizens attended including Mayor Hodgin.  The environmental consulting firm responsible for the next steps in the cleanup, Keramida, sent their Senior Vice President for Engineering Services, Kristen Belcredi, to the meeting.

BCCC president, Joe Castelo, gave an introduction.  Dr. Indra Frank, Environmental Health Director with HEC, gave a synopsis of the violations, agreed order, contaminants, and cleanup to date.  Her presentation is available here. Kristen Belcredi, from Keramida, explained the storm water system that is going to be installed.  It will collect all of the storm water that runs off of Hartford Iron into a retention pond that will be built on a property Hartford Iron owns on the south side of Chestnut Street.  From there the water will be treated to remove contaminants before being released into the storm sewer.  Ms. Belcredi explained that the water in the pond will be moving, which discourages mosquito breeding, but if necessary they will treat it to prevent mosquitoes.  There were some excellent questions from the attendees.

 

Hartford Iron satellite view 2-2012

Hartford Iron, satellite view

 

 

BCCC Forum, April 25, 2015

Blackford County Concerned Citizens Forum:

Embracing Opportunities for Community Health, Part 1 in a series

Blackford County Concerned Citizens is taking action to address environmental health concerns raised by the community including testing soil and water and doing computer-based mapping.  BCCC’s goal is to find and reduce environmental exposures that could increase the risk of cancer or neurologic disease.

More than 60 people were at City Hall in Hartford City for the Forum to hear about BCCC’s work to date.Audience

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Sherrie Steiner’s Environmental Sociology class from IU-Purdue Ft Wayne (IPFW) presented the three projects they worked on this semester:

Indra speakingDr. Indra Frank, Environmental Health Project Director for the Hoosier Environmental Council, reported on health data for the county, the well testing project, and the project to test soil at sites where there used to be glass factories.  Her presentation slides.

Cheryl Mathews, Director of Education and Client Services for Cancer Services of East Central Indiana – Little Red Door, described the support services available to cancer patients in Blackford County through her agency.

Joe Castelo, president of BCCC, gave a history of the organization and described how this work was funded by donations from supporters and a grant from the Blackford County Community Foundation.  Joe asked attendees to consider renewing their support to continue BCCC’s work with a reminder that there is currently an opportunity for matching funds through the Blackford County Community Foundation.Joe Castelo and students

Click here for the event flyer.

Click here for the agenda.

Blackford County Concerned Citizens Volunteer Organization Meeting

We need your help today! If we are going to learn what is happening in Blackford County, we need to get everyone to fill out a survey! We need people to help get these surveys to everyone in Blackford County. We have lots of tasks that need to be done. Please attend the meeting if you are interested in helping with any of these tasks or would just like more information in general. If you are out of town but would still like to help please send an email to BlackfordCountyConcernedCitizens@yahoo.com• Take the survey to their church• Take the survey to their community organization• Organize a booth at community events to distribute the survey• Enter the data from the surveys• To search public records on the IDEM Virtual File Cabinet (can be done from any location)• Mapping the facilities and disease cases to make a comprehensive picture. • Fundraising• Local officers•Public Relations
Location: John XXIII Center 407 W. McDonald St Hartford City, IN
Start Time:
14:00
Date: 2011-10-09
End Time: 17:00