For those who have asked, FACES is well aware that W-L Construction and Paving on Carver Road in Fieldale has become Piedmont Asphalt and we are investigating. We have already compiled a good bit of information and contacted area officials. Hopefully they will not be a problem in the community, but we are prepared. As always if they need our references all they need to do is go across the street or call Roanoke. So we say hello to Douglas M. Dawson Vice-President and General Manager. Remember “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” and the world would be a better place.
Letter from a FACES member sent to the Bulletin on 2-24-11. In spite of the fact that the subject was relevant to a Bulletin article of that week, and comments by a local elected official. The Bulletin wanted this letter to just go away. Why? The facts presented are documented. What is the problem? Oh well, newspapers will soon be a thing of the past and their little power base will be gone. Expect to hear from us in a big way very soon and the first of the cats will be let out of the bag.
Here is the letter, unedited and uncensored:
I found your recent article about Senator Robert Hurt and regulation of business very interesting. According to Sen. Hurt, “Obviously there are some areas that need to be regulated, but it needs to be done in a common-sense way.” I would like to expand upon this statement about situations that exist in our area.
FACT: The DEQ Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (VPDES) permit program relies primarily on the concept of permittee self-monitoring and reporting for compliance determinations.
FACT: Monitoring required by the permit is responsibility of the permittee. Some analysis is conducted by facility staff and some by third-party commercial laboratories.
FACT: Commercial laboratories performing testing pursuant to a VPDES permit are hired and compensated by the permittee.
FACT: There is no provision for assessment done by any independent third party, other than the facility itself or DEQ.
FACT: In terms of reporting water withdrawal, DEQ states “Each user is responsible for annually reporting the user’s name, address, sources and locations of withdrawal, cumulative volume of water withdrawn each month of the calendar year, maximum day withdrawal and the month in which it occurred, and method of withdrawal measurement. In addition, they are responsible for ensuring the reliability of the gauging device or methodology used to determine withdrawals”.
Due to space limitations I can not cite more but further information can be viewed at https://fieldale.wordpress.com.
“You must be genuine with any expression of caring or empathy or the homeowner will know that you are fake.”March 18, 2011
Thanks to our eagle-eyed reader who emailed us that the document that stressed this as the important point to remember had dropped off the web link. Interestingly enough the entire reference to the document has disappeared from anywhere online according to a google search. We just can’t let that happen so here it is again:
This is how they “handle” you if you have a complaint or concern. Be sure to ask for that “free ball cap” won’t you? And tell them FACES sent you. We know they’ll appreciate that.
P.S. the little surprise is moving along right on schedule.
Comments sent through official Boxley channels apparently by Boxley Employee:
The following comment was received here at the FACES website. We thought we’d answer here instead of in the comments section so everybody can see it. First make note of the sections we have highlighted as you read below:
A new comment on the post "News of the Ironic - Dustinator 21" is waiting for your approval https://fieldale.wordpress.com/2010/05/10/news-of-the-ironic-dustinator-21/ Author : gwhite71 (IP: 126.96.36.199 , proxy0.boxley.com) E-mail : email@example.com URL : Whois : http://ws.arin.net/cgi-bin/whois.pl?queryinput=188.8.131.52 Comment: Are you serious? That's called FOG. I can see that your site has some sort of bug up it's butt against Boxley, but come on! Seriously? How about posting something POSITIVE on your site for a change? From everything I am reading there isn't anything good at all about Fieldale... End QuoteSo Boxley officially says It is "fog". They say our site has a "bug up its butt" (classy). Plus a commenter known as "gwhite" said it was "dust" in a comment he wrote on one of our youtube videos. Mr White, here is something POSITIVE just for you: 1. We are positive that a routine web search reveals that Mr. White sent his message from an IP address registered to Boxley in Blue Ridge, VA (see proof below). 2. We are positive that isn't fog it is dust. Maybe you call it "fog" out in Vinton. 3. We are positive this site bothers you guys. 4. We are positive that what is good about Fieldale is the people who make their homes here and deserve peaceful enjoyment of their property. 5. We are positive that We stand for them. Now that we have told you what we are positive of, let's make some guesses. “For entertainment purposes only”. A vision appears through the "fog". It appears to be a network engineer. Next to him is Spongebob. Music is heard is that "Type O Negative"? He appears to be carrying a Stephen King book & dvd of "Clockwork Orange". He looks to be right out of the TV show "Lost" and he probably enjoys "Gardening By the Yard". Any lucky guesses in there? There’s plenty more if you want it. You gave your email and I.P. address yourself. Shouldn't someone in your job know better? Now as to “bug up our butt”. Could it be there is a “bug up your butt” because the best rebuttal you have to this site is to claim dust is fog??Maybe the “bug up your butt” is the PSA document your comapny hasn't addressed. Or the DEQ Notice of Violation & penalty check your bosses told the newspaper you did not have? With all the published facts on this site the best you can come up with is claiming dust is “fog” and using phrases like “bug up its butt”. You corporate types are so eloquent. So here’s a phrase for you “got your panties in a bunch? Thanks for the comment officially through Boxley's IP address. We consider it an official statement based upon this evidence.
How did they forget the man trapped in his car?
Thanks to our many shrewd readers who have emailed to point out the inconsistent versions of the fire incident at W-L Construction and Paving as provided by the same source at the county. He also acknowledges “Henry County Public Safety did not respond to this incident”. And further states that “The incident occurred on private property not the state maintained highway.” We suppose that depends upon what you define as being the “incident”. We have been questioning the potential threat to public safety both in terms of fire at an asphalt plant allowed to operate in a residential area. Also whether the “incident” or its aftermath placed any member of the public in danger.
So, “no citizens on the public road were involved”? And response from Public Safety was not made nor requested?
As pointed out in our previous article below there are dangers associated with fire and asphalt. In addition to the facts cited in that article, we would like to add the following facts:
“There are two main hazards associated with asphalt:
- Fire and explosion hazards, and
- Health hazards associated with skin contact, eye contact, and/or inhalation of fumes and vapors.
Most of the fire and explosion hazard associated with asphalt comes from the vapors of the solvent mixed into the asphalt, not the asphalt itself.
Asphalt fumes are created when asphalt is heated. Fumes contain very small, solid, airborne particles which are easily inhaled by the worker. Inhalation of asphalt fumes can cause irritation to the nose, throat, and lungs. Fumes may also contain hydrogen sulfide vapors, which are very toxic, as well as the vapors generated by the solvents used to “cut” the asphalt.
Vapors from solvents that are used to “cut” asphalt can also present serious health hazards. The solvent vapors generated by heating asphalt are often more toxic than the asphalt fumes themselves. Solvents will evaporate out of the mix at a wide range of temperatures. Heating of the asphalt mix speeds up the evaporation process. The faster the solvent evaporates, the easier it is to inhale.”
So was public safety of the residents in the community not an issue?
Now here comes the kicker.
FACES is in possession of a hand written and signed account given by a resident of the community that he was pinned in his vehicle on Carver Road entangled in live electrical wires for some time. As back-up to his claim we have a copy of the police report and a paid insurance claim to the man pinned in his vehicle by the party named on the police report.
Yet each different official version of what occurred, omits a man trapped in his car by live electrical wires on a public highway from the incident at the facility?
Is there more to this than we are being told?
Why did nobody mention the man in the car??
Keep checking back for further developments.