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Letter to the editor: Gutted environmental laws

To the editor:

If you want to raise a herd of cattle you don’t bring in a steer to service your heifers. That is my personal advice to Dave Berger of Lyle who sounds like he is tired of breathing Amerities toxic fumes.

The reason DEQ told him that there were few complaints is that no one listens or does anything meaningful when those complaints are voiced.

The bottom line is we have so gutted our environmental laws that DEQ (or any other health agency) are impotent. Corporate greed rules.

Those health agencies are not coming in on their white horse to save you. Amerities and Union Pacific-associated companies (under various names) have been run out of other states for their hopeless and endless pollution issues. That is why there is such a large operation in The Dalles; other citizens have stood up and will not tolerate it.

Officials try to make the air and water pollution sound benign by calling it a ‘nuisance odor’, which is laughable in my opinion. In our society we think more of our fish then against the threat of losing human health.

For those who think that the odor is just an irritating nuisance need only to read Wasco County Cancer Statistics. It also directly affects the value of your property. I moved last year because I didn’t want to live in the armpit of a company who has for decades profited off polluting the land, the water you drink and foul the air you breathe to the point it takes lives.

The only way for the odor to stop is for the complaints to go to The Dalles City Council and Mayor. There is a law that exists in a City Planning Document that specifically states that any company that emits a nuisance odor can be ordered to stop it or cease to omit it. The law only needs to be refined and enforced.

Oh yes, you may want to stop eating any fish from the Columbia River as Hanford has been leaking into the river in several places (from EPA document).

Sandra Ihrig



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