As of Thursday, March 20, 2014
Hood River To the editor:
Perhaps Pat Jones of Mosier needs to live a little closer to the Amerities plant (as should I) to see if the creosote odor is a good smell that’s good for the city of The Dalles.
I am in and out of The Dalles quite frequently and the first thing I smell is the nasty creosote smell that makes me think of cancer.
Definition: An oily liquid obtained by distilling coal tar. I don’t know about you, but the Amerities plant should be located somewhere as far from humans as possible.
I leave the radio station, I smell creosote, I work on my house, I smell creosote. I go for a walk on the east side and I smell creosote. It’s a nasty smell.
I’m sorry, Pat, but The Dalles and the Columbia River Gorge has a very high cancer rate and the runoff from pesticides over the years and that nasty smell from the creosote plant cannot be good for humans.
If the first smell a visitor gets when visiting The Dalles is the Amerities plant, they certainly won’t come back.
I’d rather smell the lilacs that are soon to come. As for the small amount of jobs the Amerities plant provides, in the long run, you can’t keep the money.
I do work in The Dalles and own two homes here.
Stephen J. Curley