Posted by: glue | June 11, 2008

Support Your Local Disaster

This experiment in expressive consulting concerns the nature of egency in an electrate public sphere. Instructions: select a public policy problem affecting your region, such as in my case the Cabot-Koppers Superfund site, Alachua County, Gainesville, Florida.

Cabot-Koppers Superfund site

The Cabot-Koppers site, located on NW 23rd Ave in the City of Gainesville, consists of the western half of a designated Federal Superfund site (known as the Cabot-Koppers Superfund site) due to contamination with wood treating chemicals in site soils and groundwater. The eastern half is the Cabot site which contains groundwater contamination from past pinetar, pine oil and charcoal production. This site is under active remediation. Since 1983, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) and subsequently the United States Environmental Protection Agency Region 4 (USEPA) have been responsible for directing investigation activities at the Koppers site that are being performed by Beazer East, Inc., the responsible party for the site contamination.”

The entire case file — the history of this event, the archive of empirical consulting addressing environmental pollution — constitutes the Contrast register of the CATTt matrix. It is not a matter of opposing empirical consulting, but of opening a new front, a new position in public policy planning and decision making, afforded by the resources of electracy. The implications of the experiment may be generalized to any public policy issue, but the experiment may only be conducted in specific terms.


  1. The keyword is “creosote.”
    “Investigation of the source areas conducted by Beazer in April, May and June 2004 indicated that creosote type materials were present in the upper and lower Hawthorn Group formations at the site at depths of approximately 60 to 100 ft below ground surface in several of the 4 primary source areas at the site. Additionally for the first time significant groundwater contamination was detected in one well (FW-6) installed into the upper zone of the Floridan Aquifer near the North Lagoon contaminant source area at depths of approximately 150 ft below land surface. The depth of this found contamination in the Hawthorn and Floridan Aquifers was unexpected and presented a potential threat to the City of Gainesville�s Murphree Wellfield.”

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