I applaud Randolph Mayor and area residents expressing their well-founded concern over the proposed RTS facility. This new facility has not been proven. The Randolph RTS facility would be first of its kind. Meaning, system kinks will be worked out in the Randolph plant. According to Murphy's Law, to personal experience, and to refining any new process, "If anything can go wrong it will." Given the unproven process, the stew of hundreds of thousands of gallons of pressurized hot tar and Toluene, and the close proximity to area school and homes, the proposed RTS facility is a potential recipe for disaster of grand proportions. The plant will dump 33,000 gallons of water, of questionable quality, into Chub Creek just upstream of Lake Byllesby. Having a pipeline to Chub Creek creates a temptation to use it in the event of a plant accident cleanup.
Mr. Harnack of RTS tries to assure us the RTS facility will be clean, odorless and nonpolluting. I am skeptical of those promises. Once the plant is allowed we have little to no recourse if those promises prove false. Harnack leads us to believe the new jobs from the plant will "help the school district." School district funds are a function of area property taxes. Debris from the plant, aforementioned hazards and odiferous exhaust from the plant could end up diminishing local property values, and discourage potential residence from moving to the area, both of which diminish our tax base.
In February 7th Beacon's RTS editorial, Harnack expresses his shock that we would turn away 20 jobs. Please know the "light" Industrial Park is a finite resource. We don't feel we are turning away jobs. We wish to patiently wait for the right jobs. We want to see the light industrial park fill with industries that compatibly coexist with area residence. RTS does not. RTS is not light industrial. Harnack's editorial expresses dismay at Randolph Mayor's opposition to RTS facility. I too think Randolph Mayor's message is clear ... "kids I'm here to look out for your town, your school and your well-being."