November 17, 2020
HOMESTEAD, FL – In a surprising, post-election decision, the National Surplus Management Agency (NSMA) unveiled its newest project Thursday, turning Everglades National Park into the nation’s largest waste management facility.
The unveiling was exclusively reported by United Media, a long-rumored state-run media organization that has flattered President and President-Elect Mellissa Glenn throughout her first term in the White House. No other media organizations were clued in to the secretive unveiling.
Word of the unveiling surfaced early Thursday morning on United Media’s website, angering critics and other politicians who were left in the dark about the announcement.
America Needs Parks, a growing opposition group to the NSMA, called the Everglades Dumping Wetlands a “deflection” from the state of Florida’s contested election results that ultimately catapulted Glenn into being elected for her second term in office.
“Clearly, today’s announcement is meant to distract the people of Florida from the fact that their votes were incorrectly
counted last week,” said America Needs Parks co-founder Graham Hodgson when reached for comment. “The saddest part is, these people are also losing one of their natural treasures in the process.”
In the daily White House press briefing, Press Secretary Tomi Lahren called the unveiling, “yet another victory in the state of Florida” and denied any claims that this announcement was connected with the results of the election in the state.
The new unveiling shocked protestors and media organizations as they descended on Hawai’i, where the next NSMA project was expected to be announced to the public. In May, at the unveiling of the Sequoia Lumber Initiative in California, the NSMA hinted at Hawai’i being the next stop.
According to a report from Facebook News, Hawaiian officials were readying for the event there, but were told by the NSMA to pause their efforts after Election Day.
In what liberal lawmakers are calling a hasty and secretive decision, the NSMA opted to quickly open the Everglades surplus project, which they predicted would not be ready until fall of 2021.
Among those setting up another protest camp in Hawai’i was Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), a vocal advocate of returning the nation’s parks to their original glory.
“The thousands of protestors gathered here in Hawai’i are stunned and many of them are crying foul,” said Klobuchar of the response on the ground. “Some of them have booked their flights to Florida, but, for many, the expense of getting to Hawai’i to demonstrate was already too much.”
On Thursday, Klobuchar and other Democratic lawmakers were making their own travel plans to Florida.
Their arrival will put them among a small group of media members and committed protestors who have gathered at the gates of the Everglades, but have been denied access.
Those who arrived on Thursday after the stunning
announcement were told that no NSMA officials would be available for comment and that no further unveiling events will take place after the private event for United Media reporters.
While the circumstances of the project’s unveiling have garnered the most attention, environmental activists fear the political sideshow will detract from the harmful pollution that will soon make its way to the southern tip of the state.
While the NSMA and the White House remained tight-lipped about what exactly the project will entail, the NSMA’s website indicated that the park will “make use of this valuable surplus land to properly and safely handle the large amount of waste generated by the country’s east coast.”
Other than the one-sentence description from NSMA.gov, little is known about what kind of waste will be dumped there, where the waste will come from, how it will be transported there and how it will be disposed of in the wetland region.
With the Hawaiian project still on hold, speculation among opposition groups is rampant of where and when the next project will be unveiled.
Hawai’i is the obvious choice, but the environmental group Protect Our Winters (POW), based in Salt Lake City, raised red flags of heavy construction near Utah’s Arches National Park in the eastern part of the state near the Colorado border.
With access to the area severely constricted due to road closures, the plan for that park is still unknown.
Just as protestors and anti-NSMA groups began to gain traction this year, the recent and controversial re-election of Glenn has the rhetoric of these groups convoluted and confused.
“We are stunned at this latest development. We have to do everything we can to regain the momentum we had with our important message to the American people,” said a flustered Hodgson. “Now more than ever we have to unite and continue to passionately fight for our country and our planet.”