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Community Update: Mayor Barnett has spoken with IDEM Commissioner Pigott several times today. They are working on scheduling a community meeting with the appropriate entities, including state and federal officials, within the next 2-3 weeks. IDEM and USEPA will also be visiting over the next 3-4 weeks to perform additional vapor intrusion sampling in Franklin. Please know, Mayor Barnett is working around the clock to address public concern. We will continue to keep you updated as we know more. Thank you for you patience during this time. ... See moreSee less

Community Update: Mayor Barnett has spoken with IDEM Commissioner Pigott several times today. They are working on scheduling a community meeting with the appropriate entities, including state and federal officials, within the next 2-3 weeks. IDEM and USEPA will also be visiting over the next 3-4 weeks to perform additional vapor intrusion sampling in Franklin.  Please know, Mayor Barnett is working around the clock to address public concern. We will continue to keep you updated as we know more. Thank you for you patience during this time.

 

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What about the water?? If it’s in the soil and air, it’s in the water too!!

Kenny Chastain

Hopefully before school starts! My child goes to Needham and we live in Heritage. Just built this home and now I just want to move out of Franklin!!!! We need to know what’s up!!!!!

Judy Hickey Ray

Kristy Booth

Please keep in mind the start of school and back to school nights etc that are upcoming when you schedule this meeting. I’m sure a lot of parents will want to attend but we can’t be in two places at once.

Thank you for fighting for this. Additional testing needs to be done.

Jose Cory Camacho

People need to question the atmosphere and what is being sprayed out of the airplanes. I honestly dont think anywhere is safe. Check out the sky almost daily. Do you see those line!?! Check out the word Ethylene Dibromide in this link! It is what is in those streaks in the sky! scribol.com/anthropology-and-history/bizarre-and-offbeat-news/chemicals-or-vapor-trails-either-wa...

It is a known cancer causing agent.

Thank you for getting this set up. Please fix this issue once and for all. I Do Not want to have to move out of Franklin. I have made this my home but for my family's safety I would move if this issue does not get fixed this time around!

Please keep in mind school starts back on 8/8/18. My children attend one of the schools closest to the wellfield in question. With air and soil contamination concerns, I would hope the schools would be a top priority in this matter! Should we send our children to schools without knowing if they are contaminated? If water was a concern, parents could easily send water bottles to school with their kids. We can not ask our children not to play on the playground or not breath while at school!!! This is a major health concern and should be treated as such! The school has a legal obligation to make sure our children are safe while in their care! Since the Director of Operations is aware of the situation can he in good conscience confirm our children are safe without testing prior to the new school year? #ifitwasyourchild #thisisfranklin

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Why dont they get the 2 school checked before we send our kids back?

communityhealthbook.com/ Please got to this site set up by Erin Brockovich for #IfItWasYourChild This is what they need to know about Franklin/Johnson Co.

And what about resources for testing ourselves and children? Or is it just on us to wait and see if we develope cancer?

Matt Hoard

Thanks Mayor. I know you are working on getting the issue worked out. I appreciate you.

Franklin thought they’d just let this fly under the radar, but pretty sure they’re in the national spotlight now for all the wrong reasons. Lives were tragically and needlessly lost in the process.

Thank you, Mayor Barnett, for addressing these concerns and for keeping us updated.

If this is all true and it’s as bad as they believe it is, it’s on the city for allowing homes to be built in that area and allowing the water company to use the source. That area will become the new Chernobyl.

James D. Allen

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Please see attached press release regarding the meeting between city, state, and federal officials. ... See moreSee less

Please see attached press release regarding the meeting between city, state, and federal officials.

 

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Kenny Chastain

All past executives of companies that occupied that building should be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law for their actions. Ridiculous that cleaning up this property has been going on as long as it has and nobody has been held accountable for their actions.

Barbara Mae

Please expand on the statement about cleanup has been on going for 33 Years. I see little to know evidence of any cleanup efforts anywhere

Meetings are all well and good but no one will be satisfied until there is some definitive action.

This literally says a whole lot of NOTHING!

Very political press release. A long blanket statement, with not enough commitment to act. EPA considering testing? Even if the EWAs report/testing methods turn out to be faulty, that alone should be enough for the EPA to do their own testing. Especially if they deem the EWAs findings unreliable. Show me reliable data then. IDEM is willing to return to Franklin if you (Steve Barnett) have any concerns? You should be raising hell. These are your people. They chose you to represent them - and from what I’ve seen and heard they are very concerned. You are their PUBLIC SERVANT. To add: I don’t live in Franklin currently, but I attended Franklin College for two years. I spent a lot of time there. Both of my parents have worked in Franklin since 2008 - both close to Webb Well field. Close enough that when I drove through to see my mother yesterday I had the dreadful urge to hold my breath. I wished I hadn’t come the moment I got in the area. I couldn’t imagine living, or working with that dreadful feeling everyday. Home is supposed to be safe - not deadly.

“Evaluate the validity of the report”? Seriously????

This is merely a cheap shot. It's very obvious that there is a problem. It's also very obvious that they're trying to make others look incompetent while trying to save their own hide. Also, here's an interesting fact. They're building a very beautiful housing addition and Country Club over the Webb Well Field 😊 Looks like there's going to be some VERY unhappy customers!

Sounds like the EPA has failed us once already! The proof is in the pudding. The cancer rates in this town speak for themselves! More needs to be done!

Fluff..........

Tim Zike I would like to see a little more action and a little less questioning of the facts

Wow! Just Wow! Seriously? This is the best you've got?!? Residents of Franklin should be outraged at this lackadaisical and political response! I do not live in Franklin, but personally know 3 children and their families who have been identified in this area - two who have lost their cancer battles at ages 10 and 13! Also a sister who is a resident and a niece who is a student at Franklin College not to mention many friends! Maybe Mayor Barnett needs to hire a better "wordsmith" on his public relations team if this letter truly shows his disinterest in this matter. .... This text certainly demonstrates a lack of compassion, almost dismissive attitude, and disbelief in the true concern being shown by these parents and the community for health and wellbeing not to mention the validity of the test results! This is certainly another example of government hiding behind government like good 'ole boys! Remember that hashtag.... #bettertogether .... Exactly who does together include? He thanks everyone and his governmental brother but no thanks to the community members who have suffered and poured out their blood, sweat and tears to help bring this to light only in the hopes others do not have to experience the struggles and grief they have endure. For the sake of the children and residents I truly hope this is just a poorly crafted letter and that Mayor Barnett actually will take a stand, fight for the community who elected him to be their advocate, and show some compassion because after all Mayor Barnett..... What if it WAS Your Child?!?

I have always loved this city, now I'm beginning to be "concerned about the validity" of my feelings! What will it take? More testing needs to be done ASAP! The EPA is NOT going to admit wrong doing! Do something!

Shanon Rodgers 🙄🙄🙄

Why is the city and state " waiting " for test results from EWA and not doing the work themselves. This is work and testing that should have long ago been done by officials.

So there was testing and they found known carcinogen but they want to check the validity?! Seems pretty valid to me. It's been emitting this stuff for years now! How many more kids have to get cancer!! This isnt ok! More better be done! This thing will hit global news. And how do you clean up all the dirt in the whole contamination zone?!

This makes me want to leave the town I was born and raised in. Next move will be out of franklin

#ThisIsFranklin

Let the denials and the passing of the buck begin! SMH

I have reached out to CNN and FOX. I'm not sure if anyone else has reached out to major news sources but I am!

You are such a politician!!! This letter is a disgrace!!! Disgusting that you are even allowed to write a statement as this! These agencies along with yourself, So called Mayor Steve Barnett have done nothing but try and push the “Cancer Cluster” under the rug and keep the citizens who voted you into office in the DARK! People keep getting sicker and dying on your watch!!! You have done nothing to help the city of Franklin and the health of its citizens! It is an insult that you would think the verbiage used in this letter was appropriate. #ThisIsFranklin #IfItWasYourChild

How many gravestones have to be engraved to validate that something terrible is happening in Franklin/Johnson County? I’d like Steve Barnett to answer that one! What’s the number? How many more years?

Crazy! Needham Township.... residents that all lived in a cluster, I can count 5 that have cancer, that including my mother!!!! Actually 3 that now have passed and 2 that are living. Smh. Sad. It could be a fluke thing, but it sure makes you wonder! Cancer tears your world upside down, guess when it's not your family.... Oh well right?!

“BREAKING NEWS: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency tells 13 Investigates it's concerned about the test results showing dangerous vapors intruding homes in Franklin. The agency says it is "working with Amphenol Corp to conduct additional testing to investigate possible vapor intrusion pathways." Is this the same EPA you wrote about in your statement above?

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Thank you to the City of Franklin, Indiana - Government, Mayor Steve Barnett, Franklin Indiana Chamber of Commerce, Johnson County Development Corp., Aspire Johnson County and many others for the support and efforts leading up to our new co-working space in Discover Downtown Franklin. We plan to open in August. Visit our new website for more information. elevatorfranklin.com/ ... See moreSee less

 

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THIS IS HOME ……. BEEN HERE FOR OVER 60 YEARS . LOVE FRANKLIN

We want to THANK Firehouse Subs Franklin Shoppes for donating sandwiches for our Lunch and Learn today! ... See moreSee less

We want to THANK Firehouse Subs Franklin Shoppes for donating sandwiches for our Lunch and Learn today!

 

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I had lunch there today and was very good.

Was a great lunch and learn. Thank you Firehouse

Please see below statement regarding the ground contamination report. Thank you for supporting Franklin and our efforts with this matter!! #bettertogether ... See moreSee less

Please see below statement regarding the ground contamination report. Thank you for supporting Franklin and our efforts with this matter!! #bettertogether

 

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Ashley Walden Owens Cara Broniszewski Christina Cochran

Thank you for keeping us updated!

I just hope it's not brushed aside like it was in 2015.

Liz Watson Kyle Richard Swain fyi

Kaylee Ryan Hyatt Shiann Marie Lockard

Thank you City of Franklin, Indiana - Government for taking this seriously. Our children depend on us.

Beth Pence thought you might want to see this.

So, are we boiling water before use? Not suppose to drink the water?

So there really is an issue???? So everybody just lied to the citizens when this came up the last time????? 😡 Thank God for the investigative journalism we so casually accuse of being, "Fake News" now a days!

Does the administration remember when Mayor McGuiness offered to speak with me regarding this same issue in 2015 and then he subsequently had his cell phone disconnected?

Kristy Booth

Cameron M. Hawes

This is why we moved. Way too scary and the fact it was swept under the rug made me even more sad. Franklin is a beautiful place..but putting people's lives in danger is unacceptable! Too many childhood cancers.

Is the report published somewhere the public can download and read it?

Kenny Chastain

Please keep this issue top priority.

It's a shame that past adminstrations swept this under the rug and ignored the concerns of the community. It sickens me to see people suffer due to the negligence of businesses. Hopefully someone cleans this mess up once and for all.

Wow. I just read the news report. I'm all for doing what is needed to clean this up!

What about well water in hoods by 65?

What was the response from Senator Young's and Rep. Hollingsworth's office? Is there a reason that Senator Donnelly was not asked to join Senator Young and Rep. Hollingsworth in writing a letter to the E.P.A. to take action in further air, soil, and potential water contamination in Franklin? Politics aside all three of these gentlemen who represent us need to be doing all that they can to get some action within the E.P.A.!!! Likewise does anyone know how are state legislators are responding to this? 🤔

There was a fish kill years back that stemmed from that plant. All the water was contaminated and in turn contaminated the dirt. I believe these contaminants make it possible for people with a genetic disposition to develop cancer. I am not a doctor or a professional. But there is no way it is a coincidence that all these kids have cancer and there are high levels. I played in the creek for years as a kid as did many people. So why this cluster. That generation? There are parts of the puzzle missing

Carrie Michael Thomas

If you planted a garden in Franklin is the vegetables contaminated?

Praying for a resolution for all of us!

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