Daniel Parker, MSP, GAL
From: Herman Hale, RN
Subject: Update - West Ocala Neighborhood PACE EH
Marion County Health Departments PACE-EH program, recently received an analysis of air quality samples taken from multiple sites, in the neighborhood of West Ocala. The sites were chosen because of their relationship to the Royal Oak Charcoal Plant, an industrial site, which was the focus of community concerns and a component of the PACE-EH project. The samples were analyzed by two separate entities and a report has been generated.
PACE-EH coordinator, Herman Hale, RN, met with members of the Marion County Health Departments Environmental Health division to discuss the results of the testing and to formulate the most effective method of disseminating that information. With guidance from this group, a community meeting has been scheduled, for July 31, 2006; at 6:00 pm. Mr. Hale has been in contact with concerned community members and offered them a personal invitation to this meeting. CEHAT members have also been contacted, along with members of the group, Renew Ocala. Additional announcements will be posted with the media and Mr. Hale will coordinate contacting additional community members and city officials via mail.
From the initial response, this meeting should provide the PACE-EH process an avenue to continue its work within this community.
Past Marion County Updates
Media Coverage (.pdf files)
August 1, 2006 - Royal Oak fined for violations
May 20, 2006 - Unlikely Rebels Defeat Gritty Plant
May 19, 2006 - Company Remains Silent
May 19, 2006 - Air of Suspicion
February 21, 2006 - Pollution concerns Royal Oak neighbors
January 25, 2006 - Ocala to fund charcoal plant emission tests
January 21, 2006 - Royal Oak says no to pollution inspection
January 13, 2006 - Ocala may inspect Royal Oak site
January 5, 2006 - Marion County PACE EH Project Wins Walter Driggers Award
January 3, 2006 - Editorial: Once they are heard, they roar
December 31, 2005 - Soot sleuths: Volunteers monitor industrial plant emissions
August 24, 2005 - Coat of charcoal: Residents concerned with soot from Royal Oak
April 10, 2005 - Unkempt properties, pollution cited in west Ocala survey
August 1, 2004 - West Ocala's health to get a close look