Saturday, 08 June 2013 20:09

Biomass plant would add pollution to Basin

On April 6, a letter from Fred Charles was printed against the proposed biomass project that NESCO in Washington wants to build right across Highway 66 from houses. It needs a $30 million grant subsidy from the government to do it. Also, if allowed, it won’t have to pay taxes for five years. That is the $7.5 million tax break the company gets, according to past commissioners.

In an April 14 Herald and News commentary, Trey Senn, executive director of the Klamath County Economic Development Association and Charles Massie, executive director of the Klamath County Chamber of Commerce, tried to pass off his letter as puzzling and unfair. It has been discussed in the paper and meetings numerous times about the tax break, if it is allowed to be built.

The two remind me of two elementary school boys sitting in the back of the classroom goofing off, not paying attention, while the teacher and the rest of the students are discussing an important subject.

Air pollution and inversion in this neighborhood have been discussed many times in the paper and at environmental meetings.

Collins Products has been fined for pollution. This plant would add pollution to it with its smoke from the greenwood chips’ bad chemicals.

The American Lung & Heart Associations have given data that says it can kill some people the first time they breathe it. It is especially bad for the elderly and children.

Senn and Massie spoke about Weyerhaeuser Mill from 1929. Fewer people lived here then and died younger than people do today.

Now, the medical profession discovered how bad breathing biomass and diesel trucks’ cancer-causing emissions’ pollution are. The 50-some trucks turning into the plant every three minutes, 10 hours a day, six days a week would make bad health.


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