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.
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.
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
THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION
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
Studies show increased rates of:
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
The Village of West Clay Announced the plans for the new gas station which you can read in it's entirety here: