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Brenwick resumes Plans to build a
Gas station in the Village of west clay Against the wishes of the majority of the neighborhood

You may be as surprised as we were to find out that Brenwick Development still plans to put a gas station next to residential homes. Crazy! That's what we thought too. After Family Express pulled out, and Jeff Terp Announced that he did not foresee another gas station pursuing the development, we hoped the threat was over.  We've condensed the information to focus on the ways this development will impact public health. Please explore the site, visit the linked articles and research for yourself to see if this is really something that you want. A lot has transpired over the last 15 months and we've recently retained Community and Environmental Defense Services to help us protect the residents near the proposed site. 

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health concerns

what are the risks?
and is it really that bad?

Great Questions. To best understand what the risks are we need to know what we would be exposed to. The biggest health concerns for those living in close proximity to a gas station would be Benzene, Carbon Monoxide, and exhaust fumes. We all know the dangers of Engine Exhaust and Carbon Monoxide, but we wanted to introduce you to your new neighbor, Benzene.

Benzene

A natural component in gasoline and found in high concentrations at Gas Stations and engine exhaust, Benzene is a known cancer causing agent, and has no safe threshold of exposure. But don't take my word for it. View the research from a few reputable sources:

THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY
https://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancer-causes/benzene.html

THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION
https://www.euro.who.int/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/74732/E71922.pdf

OEHHA
https://www.p65warnings.ca.gov/sites/default/files/downloads/factsheets/benzene_fact_sheet.pdf

So, according to the world's leading scientists, doctors, and safety organizations "Benzene is carcinogenic to humans and no safe level of exposure can be
recommended."

 


how close do you have to live to be affected? 

Studies show increased rates of: 







https://hub.jhu.edu/2014/10/07/gas-station-spills/

Small spills at gas stations could cause significant public health risks over time

Residential Proximity to Environmental Hazards and Adverse Health Outcomes

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22028451/

texas a&M Health Science Center

https://phys.org/news/2018-10-gas-stations-vent-toxic-fumes.html

Gas stations vent far more toxic fumes than previously thought

cancer

childhood leukemia

birth defects

respiratory issues

Residential Proximity to Gasoline Stations and Risk of Childhood Leukemia

...at 300 ft, 500 ft, and even adverse effects up to one mile away. Once again, don't take our word for it. Read the research below and see how close is too close. Think about the residents of the Stratford and townhomes, and the children at Primrose who will breathe those fumes all day, every day.

https://academic.oup.com/aje/article/185/1/1/2631401

Additional Research articles

Benzene in Petrol; a continuing hazard

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/1976176/

Acute myeloid leukemia among petrol station attendants

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/8357276/

what to do & Who to Contact

As residents of the Village of West Clay and Carmel we need to express our concerns to all of those who are on the city council.  


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EMAIL THE CITY COUNCIL

We are proposing an amendment to the Unified Development Ordinance to encourage a 500 foot public health safety zone from gas stations and residential homes, schools, and senior care facilities. Please email the City Council encouraging them to vote in favor of the proposed amendment to the UDO language and expressing your concerns regarding higher risks of cancer and other health problems if the City Council does not support the amendment. 

Email City Council and/or CC Jacob Quinn and here are their emails: jquinn@carmel.in.gov 

we need to encourage them to support this amendment to protect ALL of Carmel residents and to keep them healthy from the negative health implications of gas stations. Specifically that this would include PUD's. Please keep in mind this has NOTHING to do specifically with the Village of West Clay gas station. This is for a city-wide amendment to prevent gas stations from being placed within 500 ft of residential property. 





Jim Brainard, Carmel Mayor
317-571-2401 
jbrainard@carmel.in.gov

Miles Nelson, West District City Council Representative
317-696-5857 
mnelson@carmel.in.gov

DR. TIM HANNON, CITY COUNCIL AT-LARGE
317-504-9378 
THANNON@CARMEL.IN.GOV

KEVIN “WOODY” RIDER, CITY COUNCIL AT-LARGE
317-503-7095 
KRIDER@CARMEL.IN.GOV

JEFF WORRELL, CITY COUNCIL AT-LARGE
317-471-9836 
JWORRELL@CARMEL.IN.GOV

Sue Finkam Northeast District - District #2
317-614-5835
sfinkam@carmel.in.gov


Laura Campbell North District - District #4
317-432-9985
lcampbell@carmel.in.gov

Tony Green
Southwest District - District #5
317-408-9071
agreen@carmel.in.gov

Adam Aasen
Southeast District - District #3
317-696-4640
aaasen@carmel.in.gov




voice your opinion

If you'd like to stay up to date on ways we can help keep the Village of west clay a safe and healthy community or if you'd simply like more information please share your email below and we'll add you to our email list. 

Updates and Progress

We will be posting anything new we find or additional information below

The Village of West Clay Announced the plans for the new gas station which you can read in it's entirety here: 

https://myemail.constantcontact.com/Information-Regarding-Proposed-Gas-Station-Convenience-Store.html?soid=1109196647697&aid=iDYuW3FfuIg