Kokosing Asphalt neighbor Chuck Huck visits Citizen Action field canvass

Kokosing asphalt neighbor Chuck Huck, Lori Jaeger, Matthew Malames, Carla Roth, Stephen Gabor, and Jessica Hodges

CLEVELAND — Maple Heights neighbor Chuck Huck took time out of his workday yesterday to visit Ohio Citizen Action’s downtown Cleveland office. He spoke with the Cleveland field staff about ways to get Kokosing Asphalt to reduce pollution coming from its facility north of Granger and south of I-480 on the Maple Heights/Garfield Heights border. Huck, along with other Maple Heights neighbors, has been active in a campaign to get Kokosing to reduce emissions of sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide, organic compounds, and soot. Sulfur dioxide causes breathing problems, can aggravate asthma and contributes to acid rain. Soot causes heart and lung damage and can also aggravate asthma.

Huck spent an hour with the field staff discussing the history of his relationship with Kokosing, how their pollution has harmed him, why he got involved in the campaign to get them to clean up, and exchanged ideas with the staff about how to persuade them to clean up.

“You can’t get a better perspective on what’s happening with Kokosing than to hear directly from an active neighbor like Chuck,” said Cleveland Field Canvass Director Carla Roth.

Stephen Gabor, Cleveland Area Campaign Director, Ohio Citizen Action