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To the editor:
Thank you for letting us express our views on a
REZONING issue facing our community. The Viper Mine, based in
Logan-Sangamon County, has applied for a REZONING of Agricultural
land to Extraction. Arch Coal wants to build a second COAL SLURRY
IMPOUNDMENT on this land. We are pleading for a "NO" vote from the
Logan County Board.
This is NOT an appropriate place for this waste. This land is
situated on top of the water supply for Elkhart and the surrounding
community. It is adjacent to the scenic and historic Elkhart Hill.
This proposed impoundment will forever alter the landscape of this
Coal Combustion Waste has to go somewhere. Logan County is not an
appropriate place to dispose of the refuse generated by other
Illinois communities. Power plants across the state are passing
their responsibility to get rid of their own coal combustion waste.
WHY? Because it is toxic and difficult to dispose of. New EPA
legislation pending will make disposal more expensive for power
plants, BUT as it is written now, will not apply to COAL MINEs that
take the waste. SO a new industry is born, but this is not an
appropriate place for this waste.
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Who will protect the safety and integrity of our community, left
with ANOTHER mountain of toxic waste? Arch Coal has shifted the
focus to their threat of loss of mining jobs. Viper Mine has a lot
of coal left to extract here, and they will get it. The price of
coal is DOWN and expected to continue to drop as power plants move
to abundant natural gas as their fuel supply. Arch Coal stock price
dropped (at this writing) 30% in 2014. When this coal mine is no
longer profitable, WHO WILL THE NEXT OWNER BE? What NEXT company
will care about LOGAN COUNTY’s welfare? How about this global
company comes up with a better solution for their American
employees—a new industry right here in Logan County, of NEW ENERGY
TECHNOLOGY JOBS, to take them into the future?
ONCE YOU REZONE THIS LAND FOR EXTRACTION; LOGAN COUNTY WILL BE LEFT
WITH THIS HUGE WASTE LIABILITY FOREVER. LOGAN COUNTY BOARD, PLEASE
VOTE NO TO THE REZONING FROM AGRICULTURE TO EXTRACTION FOR VIPER
Vern and Mona Maas
November 11, 2014 ]
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