Now Playing: Report Back - Coal Trains In Portland and Steve Novic - Scoping comments from Barbara E.
Topic: City Hall
[This full blog reposted below is from a public Email]
[I'm forwarding this because it's good to know one's opponents (or in this case, affirm what we know of this political animal.)
I hope no one is inspired to begin an ad hominem attack of Mr. Novick, as that would be a waste of energy.
It has already (from his campaign) become apparent to many of us that his reputation re Love Canal is so raggedy and threadbare that it cannot even serve as a figleaf... Pam]
Thanks, Beth. Please keep me updated on developments, but I don't
have a blast list on coal so I could FW.
Let me tell you what new PDX commissioner Steve Novick told me and
Joe Walsh this a.m. after the city council's Wednesday morning
meeting. We both know him from the 2010 campaign and jumped him today
about his pro-coal views. He told us "I need data" which he indicated
was not sufficient enough for him. That he wanted to see what
MultnomahCounty's environmental folks came up with. I laughed out
loud and pointed out we wanted the feds/state to do a deep study. To
depend on any county data is laughable because they have neither the
money/staff equipped to do such a study. His next comment having to
do with diesel train engines spewing that stuff (including cyanide)
was that "You might as well ban gas stations, then." (!!!)
This from the guy who was among the feds attorneys that shut down Love Canal because of the toxic wastes Occidental, et al. left behind.
From the guy who more recently was working for the health folks until Commissioner Randy Leonard indicated he wasn't
going to run for re- election and gave the nod to Steve (who won unopposed in last spring's primary).
Lawyer's logic above environmental health, in short, is his credo. When I left, Joe and he were still in heated discussion.
Over and out for now.