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home : letters : letters December 17, 2014

1/3/2013 11:35:00 AM
Shingle processing facility opposed locally

To the editor:

Resource Technology Solutions (RTS) recently approached Randolph Township to include a shingle processing facility in the Great Northern Industrial Park, adjacent to the City of Randolph.

RTS literature states that facility emissions will include particulate matter, nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide, volatile organic compounds, toluene (a Hazardous Air Pollutant (HAP), other HAPs, and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions expressed as carbon dioxide equivalents. They describe "process equipment" which will cleanse all emissions to less than MPCA standards. State standards call for no more than 250 tons per year (tpy). RTS calculates their facility potential emissions will be 228.7 (tpy). "Fugitive particulate emissions from paved and unpaved roads were not included in this summary."

As the health and safety of the citizens of this area is a primary concern, we submit there be NO additional CHEMICAL OR PARTICULATE EMISSIONS in Randolph Township.

RTS plans to discharge waste water at the rate of 30,000 gallons per day, including numerous pollutants, into Chub Creek, a tributary upstream of Lake Byllesby. The estimated daily discharge of phosphorus alone is estimated at .55 lbs. Lake Byllesby is currently listed as an "impaired water for nutrients" by the MPCA. State law prohibits authorization of any new discharge which would cause or contribute to a receiving water impairment.

The MPCA stated, "There is a reasonable potential that waste streams described in the application materials will have high levels of such non-conventional pollutants as total hardness, total salinity, total dissolved solids, and specific conductance. It is also likely that there will be measurable amounts of chlorides, sulfates, and based on your application response, total phosphorus. It is not unreasonable to assume that at least some of your proscribed waste streams may have such pollutants at levels which could cause or contribute to impairing Chub Creek for a crop irrigation/livestock watering beneficial use, or its use as a drinking water source by wildlife."

The Lake Byllesby Improvement Association implores local government to disallow ANY additional industry, companies or individuals who have the potential to degrade the quality of life in this township.

We are prepared to petition Randolph Township residents, who we strongly feel will reaffirm and support our position.

Sincerely,

Lake Byllesby Improvement Association

Dr. Earl Benson (President),

Directors: Dr. Karl Molenaar, Robert Koch, Leslie Iaconno, John Banaszewski,

Robert Banks, Dr. John Holte,

David Pederson, Nancy Dungy, Rob Stachowski





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