DEAR EDITOR:

In the Aug. 1 MDJ, it says that Cobb citizens are being protected from the toxic pollution of the Sterigenics Company by the Atlanta Board of Education, which has requested a review of the toxins released into south Cobb.

The universal response in Cobb is “What?” and who is running for office against the Cobb incumbents? It looks like Smyrna Mayor Max Bacon and Republican Cobb Commissioner Bob Ott might be retiring at the right moment.

Sterigenics sought to reassure Cobb that federal guidelines are being followed. Guidelines that the chemical industry has spent millions to neuter. That was money well spent for Sterigenics stockholders; the citizens of south Cobb, not so much. Citizens around its Illinois plant aren’t too happy, either.

Getting approval by the Georgia Environmental Protection Agency is easy. It normally takes pre-printed legislation submitted from ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) via its many members in the Georgia Legislature.

My state legislator is Republican Sharon Cooper and she has been a strong, if quiet, supporter of anything ALEC gives her. My former Republican state senator, Judson Hill, was ALEC “Legislator of the Year.”

Sorry, Smyrna. Sorry, South Cobb.

Mike Holzknecht

Atlanta

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