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home : opinions :   February 6, 2016

7/7/2014 1:55:00 AM
Letters to the editor: Concerned citizens must unite against Northern White Sand application

Several frac sand mining companies are cropping up and have purchased farmland which will put farms out of production. Try to attend the La Salle County board meeting on Thursday, July 10 at 1 p.m. at the Ottawa Knights of Columbus. The board is expected to vote on Northern White Sand’s A1 special use application to have a sand processing plant on Brockman 2 hazardous waste landfill.

You can make a difference by being a concerned citizen.

Concerns are: Is this company going to put a processing plant on land called the “spoils” which has been dumped on over our aquifer?

Reclamation and bonding?

Do you have asthmatic breathing issues?

Dust ie. Silicosis, cancer, heart disease, TB?

How far will silica dust travel today?

Heavy industrial truck traffic?

Dust from trucks, train, and in operation? Bright lights at night?

Train, truck, and plant noises through the day and night?

School schedules interrupted?

Who will repair the roads?

Will detectors be installed with constant air quality testing?

Chemical usage?

Ambulance and fire protection being slowed by trains?

Jobs taken away from agriculture forever?

Are more mines needed or is this a global investment?

Parts per million particles per cubic foot in the air because your job or home life requires you to be outside?

Will hundreds of gallons of water being used in the process affect your well?

Will high volumes of water discharge affect you, or your property?

Jobs, but at what expense?

Who does one call if there is a problem?

Were impact studies done?

Theory from “Deadly Dust” in Business Week, July 20 1946, 54 “Lung Lab Pays Off Quickly”
“Brunettes who generally have more hair on the body, naturally have more hairs in their nostrils, which tends to keep silica sand from reaching the lugs.”

May we never repeat this part of history.

Contact your government representatives to prepare our county for this social, industrial, and economic change.

Joan Bernabei,

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