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Protect Seatack Neighborhood: Say No to American Power Ventures' Battery Storage! Sign Here:

As a residents of the historic Seatack Neighborhood in Virginia Beach, Virginia, we are deeply concerned about the proposed battery storage facility by American Power Ventures on Beautiful Street. Our neighborhood holds significant cultural and historical value as one of the oldest African American communities in the country. It is our duty to protect this cherished community from potential environmental dangers.

Personal Story:
Growing up in Seatack, we have witnessed firsthand the strength and resilience of our community. We have fought against numerous challenges throughout history, but we have always come together to protect what is ours. Now, faced with the threat of a battery storage facility being placed right here in our neighborhood, it feels like another battle we must fight.

This proposed facility has raised serious concerns among residents due to its potential hazards for both families and our environment. Battery storage facilities can pose significant risks such as fires, explosions, toxic chemical leaks, and air pollution. These dangers could not only harm our health but also damage property values and disrupt the peaceful nature of our residential area.

We believe that placing such hazardous materials within close proximity to homes is unacceptable. Our neighborhood deserves better protection from potential disasters that could devastate lives and livelihoods.

Facts & Statistics:
1) According to a study conducted by The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), there were an estimated 3,740 reported fires involving energy storage systems between 2010-2019.
2) A report published by The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) highlights how battery energy storage systems can release harmful chemicals into the air during accidents or malfunctions.
3) Research conducted by The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) indicates that exposure to certain chemicals used in batteries can lead to adverse health effects including respiratory issues and neurological disorders.

Our Call for Action:
We urge local authorities, including the Virginia Beach City Council and American Power Ventures, to reconsider the placement of the battery storage facility in our Seatack Neighborhood. We demand that alternative locations be explored, away from densely populated residential areas.

By signing this petition, we are sending a clear message that the safety and well-being of our community should be prioritized over corporate interests. Together, let's protect our historic neighborhood from potential environmental dangers and preserve its unique heritage for future generations.

Note: This petition is personal to the Seatack Community Civic League because we deeply care about the safety and prosperity of Seatack community. It is crucial that we stand united against any potential threats posed by hazardous facilities in our residential area.


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