Eboni Cochran speaking with WAVE 3's Jaimie Weiss.
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - An accident. That's what
officials call the leak at the DuPont plant on Campground Road. However, some
residents say it's just another example of the dangers living in a neighborhood
next to chemical plants.
At 6 years old, visiting the park with mom may be the
best part of the day for Eboni Cochran's son Kai. "He loves to be outside," she
said. But living in Chicasaw, which is right next to Rubbertown on the day
after a reported chemical leak three miles away, Cochran once again question if
She's a member of REACT, a group of citizens in the area
whose ultimate goal is creating an area, "where we're not threatened, where I
can raise my son come to the park and not have to sniff out the door to see if
there's an odor to let him soak in the sun and run around and play and be
City officials are adamant none of the hydrochloric acid
that spilled at the Dupont plant left the facility, but for Cochran it's about
more than one reported accident. It's about what she considers every day
dangers. "Not much has changed in regards to figuring out how to reduce our
exposure to toxic chemicals. We need to start talking about safer technologies,
newer processes, safer chemicals."
Mayor's Spokesperson Chris Poynter said the city is doing
just that with their STAR Program. It was created to make sure industries
accurately report pollutants and reduce the emissions. Also, the Code Red Alert
System put in place a few years ago to notify people in certain areas if
there's an issue.
Still Cochran feels they're just pushing the residents
aside, "At this point the evidence shows that the city government sees this
area and the people in it as expendable."
Poynter responded, "That's simply not true. If you look
at the whole reason we spend $500,000 a year on the Code Red System. That Code
Red is for the entire city, but it was mainly created for the Rubbertown area.
We're making a significant investment in that area."
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