If they are risks why is no one warning you?

They won’t tell you, but I will!

No giving disclosures leave everyone exposed with no proper protection without adequate warning and unaware of the danger.

–It’s about whether you’re informed enough to take precautions, like wearing a mask, installing additional air filters, or protecting your baby’s ears from the noise.

There are no regulation, no guidelines, no disclosures, no warnings to those who are amidst this major development in Arlington. The major corporations and the county is not providing any information and no disclosing the health hazards caused by construction dust and noise, and exposing adults, infants, elders, post covid community members to serious health risks.

“These risks aren’t just theoretical possibilities, they are proven health hazards!”

There are existing regulations that protect construction workers, (OSHA), with strict guideline on how and what to do when handling these toxic substances to protect who works on these sites from hazards suggesting how to handle dust on clothing, whether to use earplugs, masks and other personal safety equipment.

“I’ve been knocking on doors, talking to Arlington County, the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), trying to find out if anyone’s even monitoring the air here. Guess what? It’s a dead end. No tests, no data. Makes you wonder, doesn’t it? What are they not telling us? Here’s what gets me, the resistance. It’s a game of evasion. Ask too much, and you’re the troublemaker. But isn’t the real trouble in the hush-hush, the sidestepping?”

Who holds the power in shaping the city’s plans?

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has acknowledged that major pollution and poor air quality are often associated with construction projects. In the case of Arlington’s urban redevelopment, the scale and duration of the project pose significant risks to the health of residents, including infants, children, and even pets.

Regulations and policies governing community protection during urban redevelopment are primarily addressed at the local level rather than federal.

No data no testing of air and noise levels.

Shouldn’t there be a level of transparency, especially when it comes to matters of public health and welfare? The lack of city measures for data collection while possibly influenced by corporate interests, doesn’t alleviate the Arlington County responsibility to inform and protect the community. This results in a “blind flight” situation.

The Accountability for disclosing hazards.

Why haven’t agencies responsible for public health regulations, addressed the gap in data on the extensive urban redevelopment’s impact on us? They monitor effects on a smaller scale, so why the delay in mandating public disclosures for large-scale projects? What are they waiting for to act on safeguarding our lives? The absence of data or prior experience amplifies these concerns. Unprecedented Scale: Why, in three decades, was there no foresight to establish regulations for such a massive redevelopment? This oversight demands an answer.

PotomacWind Exposure and Extensive Construction.

In Arlington, VA, the absence of high-rise structures to break the wind allows for an unhindered path for dust to travel. This is exacerbated by the proximity to the Potomac River, which can further influence wind patterns and the distribution of dust.

The Accountability for monitoring.

The county passes the buck to the state on air and noise. It’s a maze where our health gets lost in the shuffle. So, who’s running this show?

Construction noise and utility work in the context of urban development.

The noise from construction operations is an additional source of disruption. Problems related to noise include stress related illnesses, high blood pressure, speech interference, hearing loss, sleep disruption, and lost productivity. EPA Utility work is ceaseless, diving deep into the city’s lines. The noise is ever-present causing sleep disturbances due to late evening work or early morning. Sudden blasts that resemble small explosions when moving metal street panels or drilling into the ground. There is also a great concern for people with noise PTSD.

Indoor particle infiltration in residential buildings during construction.

The construction of new buildings also presents potential dangers to human and pet health. Construction dust is carcinogenic and so fine that it can infiltrate windows and building ventilation systems. There have been studies conducted on the infiltration of small particles, including construction dust, into residential and high-rise buildings. These studies generally acknowledge that even with proper sealing, some level of particle infiltration may still occur due to various factors such as air pressure differentials, building design, and shared ventilation systems. Despite these risks, there is a clear lack of willingness to disclose this information to the community.

Demolition Hazard – Asbestos and Silica Silence.

The redevelopment plans involve demolishing old buildings that contains toxic particles like asbestos you would think can share that info with you. But no, this is because construction of building are managed privately and any data is privately owned. Which means even under FOIA they don’t have to disclose asbestos to you. Which leave you unprotected and exposed to toxic particles.

Pet Safety.

In addition to human health and safety, it is important to consider the impact of construction activities on pets. Dust and noise from construction can pose a danger to pets’ well-being. Pet owners should take precautions to protect their pets during construction, such as keeping them indoors, providing a safe and quiet space, and monitoring their behavior for any signs of distress.

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