Letters to the Editor

River risk

Prescott city is on the opposite shore of the Columbia River, directly across from the site of the proposed methanol plant. This is approximately only one-half mile — or 937 yards — away.

Should an accident or an unfortunate disaster occur (explosion, earthquake, etc.) all of Prescott and surrounding areas would be wiped off the map. Continued emissions (air pollution) from a methanol plant at unacceptable state levels, would be a major cause of respiratory illness and cancer, putting our health and safety at risk. Our property values would plummet.

Pollution of the Columbia River and atmosphere would be extremely costly to the fish and wildlife in this area. The Columbia River and its tributaries are a billion-dollar fishing and recreation hub for Oregon and Washington residents.

Guide boat sport fishing customers come from 48 states to fish for salmon and steelhead. The motel/ hotel business booms. Billions of dollars are put into circulation by these sportsmen and the fishermen in Oregon and Washington who invest in expensive fishing equipment (boats, gear, licenses, etc.) to fish the Columbia River. Fishing and waterfowl hunting would be badly infected by the construction of a methanol plant on the Columbia.

For millions of years the salmon and steelhead fish have used the Washington side of the Columbia River, during the hot season, to swim upstream to spawn because of its cooler waters. A methanol plant built in Kalama would dump hot water into the Washington side of the river 24/7 causing the fish to die and prevent them from completing their annual spawning trip upriver. 

Construction of a methanol plant must not happen anywhere on the Columbia River! We must not allow our residents or world class fishing to be harmed by an industrial business.

Frank M. Oliver, president

Prescott City Council, Oregon

Hazardous ammonia

Backers of the proposed anhydrous ammonia plant at the Mint Farm routinely tout a similar facility, Dyno Nobel in Deer Island, Oregon, as an example of why their project is a reasonable neighbor for homes and schools.

I don’t think they’ll be trying to make the connection anymore. Last week, senior officials at Dyno Nobel admitted to releasing more than six tons of anhydrous ammonia vapor into the air during a three-day period in 2015.

The Oregonian/Oregon Live reports that, “Anhydrous ammonia is a pungent gas with suffocating fumes. Exposure to high concentrations can lead to death, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The emissions triggered numerous complaints from neighboring residents in Columbia County, who reported foul odors, eye irritation and difficulty breathing, according to prosecutors.”

Allowing industries to operate near homes and schools is a dangerous gamble. Time and time again, industries prove that they cannot be trusted to stay within safe operating limits. Longview citizens deserve a safe and healthy community. Pacific Coast Fertilizer’s project is too risky and should not be located here!

Sandra Davis


People before politics

I am writing this letter to support Carolyn Long's candidacy for 3rd Congressional District representative. Her 22 years as a professor of political science shows in her intelligent analysis of current national issues. Her slogan, "People before politics," epitomizes what she is running for — people like you and me, our well-being and that of the country as a whole. This dedication can be seen in the in-person town hall meetings she has begun, and will continue, to hold. She has visited communities, such as Toledo, or Long Beach, that almost never receive any attention from candidates. Recently, it seems that there are few politicians who are willing to stand up for what is right. Most, it would seem, prefer to bow to special interest groups and do almost anything to preserve their own political careers. It is past time that we had a representative who had our interests, rather than those of their corporate donors, at heart. I believe that Carolyn Long can be this representative.

Timothy Zahn


On the mark

Steve Anglin's Letter to the Editor about recycling everything hits the mark.

If we don't recycle everything, we aren't paying the full price for the item. One way is to pay a recycling tax on everything we buy according to the difficulty in completely recycling it.

Some items would have no tax because their value for recycling would defer the cost to recycle. It would put many people to work making real wages instead of dumping the stuff in a hole in the ground for future generations.

This system would require a large facility that many cities would use. All things not recyclable would be burned to produce power.

The system we have now is wasting many metals and various things that will become in short supply in the future and mining is a very ecologically damaging process.

Another thing we need to do immediately is to encourage the rest of the wold to start reducing the population. If we don't do that, we are doomed and nothing will help.

We need to stop thinking a few years in the future, as even a thousand years is a short time planet-wise.

Tyrone D. Mott


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