RosslynVA Pollution Awareness

The Multibillion-Dollar Development continues…

Attention, residents of Arlington, VA!

They subject us to polluted air, fully aware of the risks but indifferent to our plight. It’s a verdict on our lives.

Construction dust is toxic and noise can pose serious health risks, yet there are no disclosures to you.

No one is getting spared from the health risks, anyone is affected by particle pollution

There are no regulations to warn those living in proximity to urban developments about the health risks from construction work, from noise to toxic dust.

The air in Arlington,VA is not being monitored.

Poison in Arlington’ air.

If someone intentionally puts poison into your water bottle, it’s not just bad, it’s a deliberate act of harm. In the same vein, if officials or developers are aware of serious harmful substances to be present in the environment, like construction dust that can cause serious health issues to an entire community, and fails to warn the public, could this be seen as a form of negligence or even willful endangerment?

The air in Arlington,VA is not being monitored.

#Rosslyn, ArlingtonVA

They won’t tell you, but I will!

That means the result you see, ‘Today Good Air Quality’ is not of the air you are breathing right now.

The air quality data comes from a monitor located far from development sites, giving you a false sense of security about the air you breathe. How does this one monitor help assess the real hazards of air pollution?

For accurate air quality index, monitors need to be close to hotspots to accurately assess health risks from air pollution.

The only ‘potential’ is not about the risks

…is for you to get sick.

Asthma, Lung Cancer, Silicosis, COPD, Increased risk of Heart Attacks and Strokes, Kidney Disease, Hypertension, Neurological Effects in Adults including Reduced Brain Volume, Cognitive Decrements and Dementia, Anxiety, Depression, Stress, Fatigue, Sleep Disruption, Memory Loss, Attention Deficit, Birth defects, Reduced Fertility, Decreased Productivity and Children’s Learning Disabilities

These words may be mine, but the message? Backed by data, recognized globally.

We’re talking about transparency on pollution levels. The lack of this necessary data is because we don’t have monitors installed near construction sites. What this means is even if we are certain about the presence of harmful substances in our air due to construction activities, there is no information on how much our health is at risk. It could be minimal, or it could be at a ‘red’ ‘purple’ or even ‘hazardous’ level which means you should not leave your house.

What it means being transparent and providing knowledge to all of us through disclosure forms, similar to those for asbestos or lead, to educate everyone about the pollutants produced by construction activities and the health conditions that those bring. Provide a public and easy accessible platform about the construction hazards. By being informed, people can protect themselves.

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They won’t tell you, but I will!


Would you inhale it as your own mist even knowing it’s a risk?

Non-stop noise, day and night, even on weekends and holidays, no quiet in sight.

CLEAR THE AIR, CLEAR THE RISK, knowledge can mean no decease.

Toxic whispers, relentless drone. This more than an eye sore.

Our goal is to prevent lung cancer, heart disease, and other illnesses caused by construction activities through data and awareness. We demand the right to determine our own fate, to shape our health, and to make our own decisions.

Air pollution doesn’t stay put, it travels wherever the wind takes it

Clear Air, Clear Choices

The concentration of pollutants is highest near their source, and relying on a solitary city monitor located far from these areas fails to provide the necessary data, especially for those closer to these pollution hotspots. By having real-time specialized air monitors capable of detecting not only small particles but also silica dust, we can obtain the data needed to understand the extent of the pollution and take necessary steps to protect ourselves and our families

They won’t tell you, but I will!

Clear the air, we’re talking about transparency on pollution levels. The lack of this necessary data is because we don’t have monitors installed near construction sites. What this means is even if we are certain about the presence of harmful substances in our air due to construction activities, there is no information on how much our health is at risk. It could be minimal, or it could be at a ‘red’ ‘purple’ or even ‘hazardous’ level which means you should not leave your house.

Clear the Risks means being transparent and providing knowledge to all of us through disclosure forms, similar to those for asbestos or lead, to educate everyone about the pollutants produced by construction activities and the health conditions that those bring. By being informed, people can protect themselves.

Time to get those Real-Time Monitors listening up and sniffing out the truth.

They won’t tell you, but I will!

They won’t tell you, but I will!

Asthma, Lung Cancer, Silicosis, COPD, Increased risk of Heart Attacks and Strokes, Kidney Disease, Hypertension, Neurological Effects in Adults including Reduced Brain Volume, Cognitive Decrements and Dementia, Anxiety, Depression, Stress, Fatigue, Sleep Disruption, Memory Loss, Attention Deficit, Birth defects, Reduced Fertility, Decreased Productivity and Children’s Learning Disabilities.

They won’t tell you, but I will!

If you breathe and you are able to hear, you are exposed! But to what?

Q & A. Is it safe to live in ArlingtonVA? If there were real issues with living near construction site they’d have to talk about it somewhere wouldn’t they? etc…Read more

They won’t tell you, but I will!
It’s all a big cover-up, plain and simple. It’s shady and they’re playing it fast and loose with our health, and it’s about time we call it for what it is. They’re not giving us the full picture because, frankly, it would mess with their bottom line. It’s like saying:

“Hey, we might be kicking up stuff that could hurt you, but as long as our projects keep moving and the money keeps flowing, we’re not going to make a big deal out of it and warn you.”

Toxic dust is floating in ArlingtonVA air, and no dust mitigation method exists that is powerful enough to fight the winds or stop pollutants from spreading, especially when giants crumble. The problem is ignored, willingly concealed from you. The dust suppression regulation, or more accurately, the ‘suggestions’ of using a ‘wet-method,’ is kept just for show, so you don’t question.

Arlington County

Is the health of a community the price tag for progress?

If Arlington County genuinely cared about protecting its residents and really takes air pollution risks seriously, shouldn’t they have monitoring equipment with real-time alerts?

Arlington redevelopment is a 30-year old plan, that’s right, started that long time ago! The County and developers spent a quarter-century meticulously planning this urban transformation, adapting policies along the way. But did they overlook basic human necessities? It’s implausible that over three decades, no one else spotted these concerns. I won’t claim they acted knowingly. So, what happened to those voices? Were they sidelined? Who made the call to sacrifice a few of us for the greater good?

Even if the lack of city measures for data collection and the absence of health hazards disclosures is influenced by corporate interests, shouldn’t the county inform and protect the community regardless?

This whole scenario feels like a game of bureaucratic Monopoly, where certain moves are made for show, but the real issues—like ensuring the air is safe to breathe—aren’t even on the board.

Hon. Mr. Dorsey can you assure everyone, both residents and those who are here from 9 to 5, that their health is not at risk as a result of the constant dust and noise from the ongoing construction and demolition activities in Arlington?

#ArlingtonVA

We have no Air Quality monitors to check our air!

You won’t find much online about the danger of living near construction sites. Why?

Because the truth is inconvenient. The developers and the County are betting on one thing, that if you don’t see it online, you’ll believe there’s nothing to worry about. Instead of facts, we’re sold picturesque renderings, distractions from the gritty reality. It’s a strategic silence. They’re banking on the fact that the dazzle of development will blind folks to the smog of its wake.

If local government entities are not responsible for protecting the community from a project you had no hand in starting, then we’re in a pickle. Who’s left to man the fort? The developers? Building managers? The state? Let’s not hold our breath for the wolf to guard the sheep.

Could the noise of the ongoing construction be dangerous for our pets? Pet Safety: monitoring their behavior for any signs of distress. During construction, keep them indoors, providing a safe and quiet space.

Transparency isn’t just policy, it’s a human right and a moral duty!

The filth that sparked this!

Trying to find answers left me to dust…”

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Should you worry about the air quality in ArlingtonVA? YES!

No health disclosures is putting the community at risk!

Arlington urban redevelopment is a 30-year old plan, that’s right, started that long time ago! Multiple high-rises, infrastructure adjustments, policies change and yet no public disclosure to the community about the health risks of living near these construction sites.

Arlington is beside the Potomac river, ever thought about what the wind carries? It’s not just dandelion seeds, I assure you!

Because these redevelopment projects are located in an area subject to high winds due to its proximity to the Potomac River, which divides Washington and Arlington, there is no way to contain the harmful particles within the job sites.

Are ‘water spraying’ tactics efficient, or just wasting our resources?

The Laughable Effort to Control Construction Dust

It became blatantly clear after talking with Chairman Dorsey that Arlington County’s ‘wet implementation’ is just for show. Originally designed for quaint two-story buildings, this approach falls laughably short in the face of these massive old office buildings and hotel demolitions. We’re not just talking inefficiency here, we’re talking a colossal waste of water. Even if the wet methods used to control the dust were upgraded, the effort would remain ineffective against the powerful winds in the area.

Local authorities often require construction companies to implement dust control measures on construction sites. This may include using ‘water sprays’, installing barriers, or covering the construction materials to minimize the dispersion of dust into the surrounding areas.

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Permits, schmermits!
Welcome to the concrete jungle, where sleep is for the weak.

The issuance of permits for construction activities at night can disrupt residents’ sleep, and the ordinance that aims at restricting noise levels to protect public health, safety, welfare, and quality of life does not apply to city work. Night work may be ok w/county regulations but it appears to be at odds with chapter 15 noise ordinance.

2 AM – Water Line Work

Overnight work on utilities like water, sewer, and electricity…

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 I think of families moving here, perhaps relocated for work, unaware of the construction chaos they're about to face. Imagine the shock of moving into a new home with an infant and your family, only to find yourself amidst relentless noise and dust, trapped in a place that is not what you expected to be, or in a lease with hefty penalties for early termination. This isn't right. In my years in real estate here in Arlington, I can tell you that agents, building managers are prohibited from disclosing information about construction, they don't have to tell you about construction noise or if there is anything toxic in the air unless there are regulations that impose transparency, or specific forms, like those for asbestos. But there are no forms/disclosures when it comes to noise levels and air quality and the risks of living near construction.
Monica

I don't believe that human well-being should be sacrificed for economic or infrastructural progress, which is what appears to be happening now because of the lack of health hazard disclosures to the community and data on construction pollution.