MOTOROLA THE STORY SO FAR

ýThere is a continuing debate among water officials over whether the aquifer polluted by Motorola 52nd Street will be tapped during a severe drought, such as the drought currently ravaging California. In California's San Gabriel Valley, citizens are being charged higher water bills because their groundwater must first be stripped of TCE before it is drinkable. There is no financial mechanism in place to ensure that Arizona citizens would not have to pay to have solvents cleaned from their groundwater in times of drought.

ýThe two state agencies entrusted with preserving Arizona's groundwater for future generations differ over how to contend with the state's polluted groundwater. The Arizona Department of Water Resources favors forcing polluters to pay for as much cleanup as possible now. The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality is moving toward the national Superfund "risk-based" plan.

ý Both state and federal health assessments of the sites have been cursory and inadequate. The federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry "health assessments" of Superfund sites has been criticized for its scientific inadequacy by a General Accounting Office panel of scientists. State health officials themselves concede that their statistics on cancer in the two Superfund sites are incomplete.

ý Frustrated by the undocumented illnesses in the neighborhoods near the plants, citizens have attempted to conduct their own amateur epidemiological studies. Among those who say they logged unusual numbers of illnesses are a state legislator, a theology student who conducted an exhaustive telephone survey, an advocate for the Mexicano-Chicano community and a former Motorola worker.

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ghettodavephx
ghettodavephx

I moved to Maryvale in 1972 when i was seven, i than bought my first home there as well. moved out in 1995. Through the years I met some good people. A few has become life long friends. One man I met when i first moved to Maryvale and bought his first home there as well now has been diagnosed with leukemia.  Trichloroethylene is known to cause leukemia. So now no one or no company that caused the contamination in the water with  Trichloroethylene is helping him in any way with medical bills or any aide at all. They say that the case action lawsuite has ben settled and that whats done is done. THATS A BUNCH OF B.S.

rikkifin
rikkifin

Not only did I attend East High School, I worked at the 52nd Street Plant (SG). In fact I'm pretty sure there are many former Longhorn's that also did as well. I remember the open wells of these chemicals that included acetone and Freon, among many. Sometimes when the wind blew south you could smell the fumes quite heavily if you were out at PE or on the baseball or football fields. Did these chemical plumes permeate the very water we drank there? I'm sure that we didn't know what ramifications would come later, nor did we care; We were young and care-free. At the plant itself, though chemical safety was stressed, the simple safeguards they had in place, were probably not enough. Walking to and from your car in the East and SE company parking lots, the fumes were so strong, it could literally take your breath away. I have known about the clean-up for sometime. But the thought that maybe some fellow Longhorns or residents may have paid with their lives angers me. Kind of tarnishes" The Best Years of Our Lives".

ghettodavephx
ghettodavephx

@rikkifin That is corporate America for you.  Now that some years have passed 

i lived in Maryvale since i was 7 years old and i bought my first home there as well. I have made a lot of lifelong friends through the years. I now have a friend that have done the same but now he has leukemia. And no one or any companies are willing to help them in any way with any medical expenses or any kind of aid at all. Trichloroethylene is known to cause leukemia . It is said that the case action law suite has been settled.And no one can be held accountable

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