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Ott - Letter to the editor


Fri, Jul 25th, 2003
Posted in Letter to the Editor

Letter about Heartland

I am writing about a deep concern I have regarding the Heartland Energy tire-burning plant and the active karst area in which we live. According to the Environmental Assessment Worsheet, Heartland could emit 827.76 TONS of criteria pollutants a year. This figure was provided by Heartland. That, coupled with the 521.10 TONS of the same pollutants coming from the Pro Corn ethanol plant, means 1,348.86 TONS of pollutants will be drifting out over this area and settling on the land and creeks and rivers.

Southeastern Minnesota is karst country. The problem with pollutants on the land in a karst area is that whatever is on the land is quickly and easily transmitted to the water below. Beneath the relatively thin layer of soil, lies cracked, water-soluble rock riddled with tunnels and caves. Any surface water percolates down through the soil and rock carrying surficial contaminants with it, it quickly reaches the underground aquifer. This can take months to occur or, in some places, just hours. This feature makes the ground water highly vulnerable to pollution and very difficult to protect. The best way to protect it is to prevent the pollution from occurring in the first place.

Sinkholes, where the ground has collapsed as a result of water moving down through soluble rock, are visible evidence of our karst area. But there are other places not visible from the surface where the water moves quickly through the fractured rock.

Placing a business that produces HUNDREDS of TONS of pollutants yearly in a karst region is not a good idea. Our country has millions of tires that need to be recycled, and we cannot all say not in my backyard; however, there are places that would not be so adversely affected as southeastern Minnesota.

Ann Ott

Preston

Jacobson - Letter to the editor

Fri, Jul 25th, 2003
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Letter about Relay for Life

One of the largest fund-raising events this summer is coming up on August 8 & 9 in Rushford, MN in the Rushford Fire Hall and Depot Museum area. It is our ninth American Cancer Society Relay For Life ..... 
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Attwood - Letter to the editor

Fri, Jul 25th, 2003
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Letter about Heartland

The decisions of the MPCA Citizen's Board "are intended to achieve a reasonable degree of purity of the water, air and land resources of the state in order to provide for the maximum enjoyment and use of t ..... 
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Yawn Letter to the editor

Fri, Jul 18th, 2003
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Letter about air pollution and asthma

I am Barbara Yawn, a physician and researcher at the Olmsted Medical Center, Rochester, MN. I am here to comment on a health concern related to particle air pollution. Asthma is a major focu ..... 
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McCabe - Letter to the editor

Fri, Jul 18th, 2003
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Letter to Governor Pawlenty about Heartland

Open letter to Governor Pawlenty:

Dear Governor Pawlenty,

Please do not let them build the tire-burning plant in Preston, because all the po ..... 
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Stager - Letter to the editor

Fri, Jul 18th, 2003
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Letter about Preston City Council

One of the items on the agenda for the Preston City Council meeting dated July 7, 2003 was the Resolution & Policy by City Council member Mike Gartner. The discussion, which occurred, was the tr ..... 
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Roessler - Letter to the editor

Fri, Jul 18th, 2003
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Letter about MPCA and Heartland

Why I dont trust the MPCA:

Several city officials involved in the tire-burning plant debate, as well as the proposer, have stated that they trust the Minnesota Pollution Con ..... 
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McCabe, Amy - Letter to the editor

Fri, Jul 18th, 2003
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Letter about Heartland  A friend of mine came up with this list and gave me permission to share it with you.  Top ten reasons to build the Preston Tire Burning Plant.  10.Ther ..... 
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Lindquist-Holan - Letter to the editor

Fri, Jul 18th, 2003
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Baseline For Your Well  Fillmore County has a special water quality concern because of the Karst geology of this area. The fractured limstone bedrock and the thin overlying soils offer little protection in keeping contaminant ..... 
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