Outraged Citizens are demanding answers from Pinal County Public Officials and they are asking San Tan Valley residents to join them this Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. in Florence.
After county officials waved over a $1,000,000 in potential penalties against Johnson Utilities, a privately owned and operated water and sewer company in Pinal County Arizona, citizens are speaking out. Citizens allege that they have endured years of "being assaulted in their neighborhoods and homes by toxic plumes of Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) *,a poisonous gas", yet when it came time to impose penalties, citizens believe, County officials gave Johnson Utilities a pass by waiving close to over $1,000,000 in penalties.
Citizens allege that certain county officials appear to have failed to uphold Pinal County policies and procedures related to ethics, gifts, and conflicts of interest, as a result of receiving thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from Johnson Utilities owner, George Johnson, members of his family, and associates. George Johnson and former Chairman of the Arizona Corporation Commission Gary Pierce were indicted in May 2017 in federal court on charges of bribery, conspiracy and fraud.
Click here to review the report that will be hand delivered to Pinal County Officials at the Board of Supervisors meeting on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 9:30 AM.
After a video created by The United Citizens was published, over 125 citizens called for Pinal County Supervisors Pete Rios and Todd house to recuse themselves in matters related to Johnson Utilities.
Pete Rios responded to the citizen’s request for Recusal by emailing and sending a postcard response to petitioners with this message:
Before the recusal request was issued, a citizen attempted to reach out to Pete Rios, and present a thorough report about violations at the Johnson Utilities Waste Water Treatment Plant similar to the one here: (Report Here)
A public Records Request later showed that when Pete Rios’ secretary tried to get Pete to respond to the citizen call, Rios responded to his Secretary with this:
“Tell him I could give a shit how a sewer pond work! No, not really don’t call him.”
Full details here on Pages 125-129
Citizens are planning to responded to Pete Rios and the rest of the Board of Pinal County Board of Supervisors and they are asking you to join them.
Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 9:30 AM.
Wednesday, April 4, 2018, 9:30 AM
PINAL COUNTY ADMINISTRATIVE COMPLEX
BOARD OF SUPERVISORS HEARING ROOM
135 N. PINAL STREET
FLORENCE, AZ 85132
Google Map Link Here: https://goo.gl/maps/KoEvDpna4iE2
The request for an investigation and report back to the public will be delivered to:
*Health effects of H2S exposure
“Hydrogen sulfide is both an irritant and a chemical asphyxiant with effects on both oxygen utilization and the central nervous system. Its health effects can vary depending on the level and duration of exposure. Repeated exposure can result in health effects occurring at levels that were previously tolerated without any effect.
Low concentrations irritate the eyes, nose, throat and respiratory system (e.g., burning/tearing of eyes, cough, shortness of breath). Asthmatics may experience breathing difficulties. The effects can be delayed for several hours, or sometimes several days, when working in low-level concentrations. Repeated or prolonged exposures may cause eye inflammation, headache, fatigue, irritability, insomnia, digestive disturbances and weight loss” https://www.osha.gov/OshDoc/data_Hurricane_Facts/hydrogen_sulfide_fact.pdf
The “EPA has determined that hydrogen sulfide can reasonably be anticipated to cause serious or irreversible chronic human health effects at relatively low doses and thus is considered to have moderately high to high chronic toxicity.” https://www.federalregister.gov/d/2011-23534
**Related Regulatory Issue:
In addition, the Arizona Corporation Commission is currently holding hearings to appoint an interim manager for Johnson Utilities. Commissioners unanimously approved an Order to Show Cause, the order states Johnson Utilities, LLC is to appear before the Corporation Commission and show cause why, among other things, an Interim Manager should not be appointed to guarantee the necessary technical expertise and managerial experience to run the utility. The Corporation Commission staff order to show cause may be found in the Commission’s online docket at http://edocket.azcc.gov and search docket number WS-02987A-18-0050.BLOG COMMENTS POWERED BY DISQUS