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Attwood - Letter to the editor


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

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 these resources for the welfare of the people." On Tuesday, July 22, 2003, they approved the air permit by a 6-2 vote for one of the largest tire burning plants in the world, Heartland Energy & Recycling, LLC, proposed for Preston, MN to burn tires and emit an estimated two tons of pollutants per day into the air, despite testimony from doctors, students, parents, business owners, one local elected official, environmental organizations, organic farmers, and others who were present to voice concerns about how this facility would adversely affect the public health and regional economy of southeastern Minnesota.

The Heartland proposer and investors will enjoy an estimated $10 million a year during operation. The City of Preston will receive approximately $47,000/year ($31 per capita). Everyone else gets to "enjoy" the hazardous fallout pollution, lowered property values, loss of income, and additional water and land pollution.

The regulating governmental units involved deny responsibility and accountability for their decisions, instead shifting the "blame" somewhere else. Planning and zoning gives their authority to the "experts" at the MPCA; city council refers to the approval of planning and zoning; the MPCA refuses to consider what they call "local issues".

The MPCA as it currently operates isn't a pollution control agency, but instead a corporate permitting agency. Why don't we just skip the semantics by disassembling the MPCA, rubber stamping all the permits for polluting facilities, and let these matters proceed quickly and efficiently to the legal system for the final outcome? That's where they ultimately end anyway.

Kathleen Attwood Spokesperson for SEMEP (Southeastern Minnesotans for Environmental Protection)

Preston, MN

Yawn Letter to the editor

Fri, Jul 18th, 2003
Posted in Letter to the Editor

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
Posted in Letter to the Editor

Letter about MPCA and Heartland

Why I don’t 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
Posted in Letter to the Editor

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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Sauer, Frances - Letter to the editor

Fri, Jul 11th, 2003
Posted in Letter to the Editor

Letter about Heartland  Recently, I saw the American flag, waving upon many graves. I wondered, “Who were all these people? How did they die? Were they alone? Were they on foreign soil? Did they die knowing that their hardshi ..... 
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Maust - Letter to the editor

Fri, Jul 11th, 2003
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Letter about Heartland

It’s a shame when well educated, intelligent people have to resort to telling outright lies to try to further their unfounded beliefs.

NO scrap tires are to be washed at the new Heart ..... 
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