Response to Community’s Concern Over the BEA’s 8-Factor Submission to the DEA

BEA's 8-Factor Analysis Submission Response

 

 

For Immediate release

September 1, 2017

 

Please take a moment to read our response to the community’s concern on the BEA’s submission of the 8-Factor Analysis item in our financials.

Firstly, we apologize for not being clear enough. It is the clarity of our statements that continues to cause confusion and skepticism amongst our community. That being said, the 8-Factor Analysis and legal fees associated with both of the submissions to DEA two were submitted in the fall of 2016.

This is a fact.

Remember lawyers are expensive as are PhD Scientists. For further clarification, please read below to understand the breakdown of how that month was spent.

How was this month spent*? And why have we not released our full eight-factor analysis?

  1. Two of the toxicologist used for the project with the stipulation that they would only come on board if Venable hired them and only if their findings were submitted confidentially. Reasons for this were two fold.
  2. One of the toxicologists is under contract with a private company and that company was not willing to give up the name of their resource, but was willing to allow the BEA to hire them to preform an assessment on factor 6. This assessment cost $9,000.00*
  3. The second toxicologist was disputing each and every death with which he could obtain a coroner’s report for. Firstly, this required him to name each person that had died and the person who did the original report. He also needed to swear an affidavit of his findings. He was NOT prepared to do this unless Venable hired him and that Venable submitted the report confidentially. The cost of this report was $22,000*.
  4. Three private firms allowed Venable to have access to their private research, and this required Venable’s on-staff doctors to have calls with their legal teams and with the companies. This information was not paid for, only the legal review of the information was. It was only provided between lawyers and yet again in confidence. This is a normal occurrence with IP sharing.
  5. Venable was also on several calls with the BEA, the DEA, and the team above. They then had to put the submission together from a legal perspective which is where the remainder of the funds went.
  6. Affidavits were prepared, sworn, and submitted this is also time consuming and costly.

The BEA represented at the time by me, Angela Watson, and Travis Lowin, stand by our decision to move forward knowing that we could not publish the work that was done.  I still do not think anyone can understand the hours we put into this and how offensive it is a year later to not answer a Twitter question and have it turned into a group of vigilantes wants to discredit us.

Just take a moment to think how much we lost in the ability to spread this on social media and show case the amazing work that was done! Think how we received little to no credit for our effort in this fight.  Why because we honor our contracts and we did 100% the right thing for the plant and the community.

So if the community is not happy and would like me to resign I will. As I am the last member of the BEA that made the decisions on the DEA fight, as Travis Lowin has already resigned.  David Darin was not involved in this decision-making.

The BEA will not be releasing our full and final submission as we do not have a copy of it,  anyone who would like the excerpts we have  some of which is also published in our book we would be more then happy  to provide them, please email us directly for this information.

On behalf of the BEA,
Angela Watson

 

 

 

*The numbers are approximate as I do not have the invoices in front of me and our volunteer accountant is off for the weekend