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In recent years, we have seen oil trains and coal trains pollute the water of the Columbia River, threatening the safety of people, fish, wildlife, and everything that exists along its shores. Now we have to deal with a proposed methanol refinery coming to Kalama. Methanol is a highly toxic liquid, poisonous to humans, animals, and the environment. In combination with methane gas, it is extremely flammable, potentially explosive. Question: Would you have a container of antifreeze sitting around your backyard, possibly harming your kids and pets? Of course not!

A methanol refinery on the beach at Kalama would be like a ticking time bomb, polluting the atmosphere, contaminating much of Cowlitz County, downstream from the site. This idea is dangerous and unacceptable.

Tell the governor and your commissioners to reject this scary refinery financed by Chinese operatives. We cannot allow outside profiteers to put the lives of people in danger. The risk of a major disaster hitting the Kalama area is too great! Stop methanol now.

Rolf Knapp


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