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CITIZENS AGAINST TOXIC EXPOSURE (CATE)

MONTHLY MEETINGS | WHO | WHAT | WHEN | WHERE | WHY | HOW | MEMBERSHIP | BOARD OF DIRECTORS

MONTHLY MEETINGS
CATE meets at 5 p.m. the Monday following the second Sunday at the New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, Palafox at Pearl Avenue (one block north of Fairfield). Meetings are free of charge, and the public is always welcome.

WHO
Most of the members of CATE are residents or former residents of Rosewood Terrace, Oak Park, Goulding, Escambia Arms and the Clarinda Triangle, and former workers at nearby industries in Pensacola, Florida. Other concerned citizens are eligible for membership and are encouraged to join.

WHAT
The special focus of the group has been the environmental condition of the residential neighborhoods near two contaminated industrial sites, Escambia Treating Company (woodtreating) and Agrico Chemical Company (agricultural chemicals). Both appear on the National Priorities List for national Superfund cleanup. Dynamic air, stormwater runoff, and groundwater interaction have a clear potential to affect environmental conditions for a much larger community.

WHEN
In the spring of 1992, homeowners in the vicinity of the two sites began to meet because of widespread health effects caused by an emergency removal of contaminated soil in progress at the former woodtreating plant. Within months it became apparent that the group was facing complex and long-term questions regarding health protection and toxic cleanup. Officers were elected and 501(c)3 status was established. The group name was suggested by the late James O. Toles, a founding member.

WHERE
Escambia Treating Company and Agrico are located in north central Pensacola. Situated 98 feet above sea level (but only 48 feet of sandy soil above the aquifer supplying drinking water to the cities of Pensacola and Gulf Breeze), this historically mixed industrial/residential zone has important environmental and economic consequences for the greater Pensacola area.

WHY
CATE was organized in the belief that every person deserves to live free from toxic exposure.
CATE works to promote a healthy environment, safe living conditions, and environmental justice
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HOW
By educating and informing group members and the Pensacola community, CATE fosters public participation in decisions about protection from and clean- up of toxic chemicals. Since these issues affect the quality of air, soil, drinking water, surface water, and life in the area, CATE is active in outreach to potential members, to other local groups, and to government officials. CATE also main-tains relationships with similarly concerned groups across the country.

MEMBERSHIP

INDIVIDUAL $5 monthly $60 yearly
BUSINESS or SPONSOR $25 monthly $300 yearly

Send to:

CATE
1120 North G Street
Pensacola, Florida 32501

Francine Ishmael, Executive Director
Phone (850) 478-5799 or (850) 478-5794

Donations to CATE are tax-deductible.

Board of Directors for Citizens Against Toxic Exposure, Inc 2013

Francine D. Ishmael, Executive Director

Mr. Jimmie L. McWaine- Board Chairman

Mr. Jean Roshell- Board Member

Ms. Rosa Lee-Board Member

Mr. Wallace Mercer-Board Member

Mrs. Wallace Mercer-Board Member

Mrs. Karen Lucas- Board Member

Mr. Louis Lucas-Board Member

Ms. Valarie Kendrick- Board Member-Secretary

Dr. Gloria Horning- Board Member-Public Information Officer

 



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