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 In her Jan. 28th op-ed, Judith Analco shares her thoughts on how differently the NC Consortium should have handled the public relations aspect of the National Bio Agro Defense Facility.  To simply say the consortium should have done a better job communicating with the community is disingenuous and patronizes those within the community who oppose this facility.

To say that “some citizens have educated themselves impressively” she is implying that no one who opposes this facility has merit to do so and that the opposition is merely unfamiliar with the risk. To trivialize the opposition in just another way of convincing the public at large that no experts could possibly oppose such a “wonderful opportunity”.

Two of the first groups to publicly oppose the NBAF in North Carolina were the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League and the Granville Non-Violent Action Team whose efforts stopped the Hazardous waste incinerator in the 1990’s. Both of these organizations consist of experts very familiar with the risk to both the community and the environment. Opposition to these types of facilities have grown both locally and nationally. The oppostion consist  of politicians, microbiologists, medical professionals, scientists, environmentalist, Nobel prize recipients and last but not least the citizens.   

The NC Consortium has done nothing to support their assertions. This lab has been presented to Granville County residents as a gentrification project, just think of the jobs it will bring.  The citizens and county governments have not been supplied with region specific economic impact studies, we have no environmental impact studies, no supportive comprehensive documentation exists to substantiate their claim that the NBAF will be an asset not a risk to the stakeholders funding the infrastructure for the next fifty years. The NC Consortium’s exclusion of the community only demonstrates how necessary they felt the community was in the Expression of Interest (EOI) process.

 The letter you just read was submitted to the N&O on Jan. 31. The letter below is what the N&O choose to run.

Familiar enough

In a Jan. 28 Point of View article, Judith A. Analco says the N.C. Consortium should have handled the public relations aspect of the National Bio- and Agro- Defense Facility differently. To say the consortium simply should have done a better job communicating with the community patronizes those who oppose this facility.

To say that “some citizens have educated themselves impressively,” she is implying that the opposition is merely unfamiliar with the situation.Two of the first groups to publicly oppose the NBAF in North Carolina were the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League and the Granville Non-Violent Action Team, whose efforts stopped the hazardous waste incinerator in the 1990s. Both organizations have experts very familiar with the risk to both the community and the environment. The opposition consists of politicians, microbiologists, medical professionals, scientists, environmentalist and citizens.

This lab has been presented to Granville County residents as a job-generator. The citizens and county governments have not been supplied with region-specific economic impact studies. We have no environmental impact studies, and no supportive comprehensive documentation exists to substantiate the claim that the NBAF would be an asset, not a risk to the stakeholders funding the infrastructure for the next 50 years.

Not even the same letter is it? You know funny thing is the writer didn’t get notified their piece was being editied. Isn’t that policy?

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