2010 April 7: WI Rothschild: COMMENTS & LETTER: Say no to biomass proposal

2010 April 7: WI Rothschild: COMMENTS & LETTER: Say no to biomass proposal

April 7, 2010

EDITOR: In 1999, Marathon County was rated by the EPA among the worst 10 percent of all counties in the United States for sulfur dioxide emissions. We ranked among the dirtiest 40 percent in terms of an average individual’s added cancer risk from hazardous air pollutants. Why? Power plants.

Rothschild has four coal burners pumping almost 16,000 tons of sulphur dioxide in the air each year and the emissions of particulate 2.5 per 300 to 600 tons. These are the two components most associated with causing respiratory/health issues with the young, elderly and those with breathing problems, the very pollutants associated with the proposed biomass power plant.
We are the gateway to the north? Wouldn’t you associate that with healthy air? We have an overcapacity of power, and with a We Energies coal plant coming on-line this year, there is going to be greater overcapacity. Even when the economy is going strong again there will excess capacity. Why would you waste precious capital to build a biomass plant, add more over capacity and cost structure, which will require higher rates? Sounds like government-style management, doesn’t it?
More pollutants, higher rate costs. Simple answer: No biomass plant
Kevin Aldrich,
Rothschild
 

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cncrnmma wrote:
Mr Aldrich,
BRAVO!!!!!!! You have managed to sum it all up into one fantastic statement…"Simple answer: No Biomass Plant"!!!!!!!!
Thank you for caring about our village!
4/8/2010 9:55:30 AM

Mr Aldrich,<br />BRAVO!!!!!!! You have managed to sum it all up into one fantastic statement…"Simple answer: No Biomass Plant"!!!!!!!!<br />Thank you for caring about our village! cncrnmma

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nobiomass wrote:
Yes, we have some of the most diverse collection of wildlife in the area RIGHT NEXT DOOR on the river to where the biomass incinerator is supposed to be built. We spent a ton of money putting in trails and foot bridge next to the park by Domtar. We have Bald Eagles, Osprey, hawks, owls, herons, fox and even otters The construction alone will drive out many of these species. Once the predators are driven out, the balance of nature will be upset and it will lead to overpopulation of prey species that will overfeed on plant matter, which could lead to soil erosion among other problems. In addition, those who enjoy the park and the nearby wildlife will no longer be able to. We’ve already driven off a pair of nesting Bald Eagles a few years ago when County L was put in by Cedar Creek. They have never returned and no other Eagles or Osprey will use that nest. Gateway to the North? If this goes in we might as well put billboards up along US39 that read…"Cesspool of Wisconsin".
4/8/2010 6:13:03 AM

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bearbuster wrote:
WI isn’t the only state dealing with biomass issues, just ask the people of Massachusetts where several are proposed. People there are also concerned with the emissions the incinerators will emit so much so that Massachusetts Medical Society published an article opposing the plants. You can read this at: http://greendel.org/?p=9542

4/7/2010 9:12:14 PM

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cncrnmma wrote:
Mr Aldrich,
BRAVO!!!!!!! You have managed to sum it all up into one fantastic statement…"Simple answer: No Biomass Plant"!!!!!!!!
Thank you for caring about our village!
4/8/2010 9:55:30 AM

Mr Aldrich,<br />BRAVO!!!!!!! You have managed to sum it all up into one fantastic statement…"Simple answer: No Biomass Plant"!!!!!!!!<br />Thank you for caring about our village! cncrnmma

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nobiomass wrote:
Yes, we have some of the most diverse collection of wildlife in the area RIGHT NEXT DOOR on the river to where the biomass incinerator is supposed to be built. We spent a ton of money putting in trails and foot bridge next to the park by Domtar. We have Bald Eagles, Osprey, hawks, owls, herons, fox and even otters The construction alone will drive out many of these species. Once the predators are driven out, the balance of nature will be upset and it will lead to overpopulation of prey species that will overfeed on plant matter, which could lead to soil erosion among other problems. In addition, those who enjoy the park and the nearby wildlife will no longer be able to. We’ve already driven off a pair of nesting Bald Eagles a few years ago when County L was put in by Cedar Creek. They have never returned and no other Eagles or Osprey will use that nest. Gateway to the North? If this goes in we might as well put billboards up along US39 that read…"Cesspool of Wisconsin".
4/8/2010 6:13:03 AM

Yes, we have some of the most diverse collection of wildlife in the area RIGHT NEXT DOOR on the river to where the biomass incinerator is supposed to be built. We spent a ton of money putting in trails and foot bridge next to the park by Domtar. We have Bald Eagles, Osprey, hawks, owls, herons, fox and even otters The construction alone will drive out many of these species. Once the predators are driven out, the balance of nature will be upset and it will lead to overpopulation of prey species that will overfeed on plant matter, which could lead to soil erosion among other problems. In addition, those who enjoy the park and the nearby wildlife will no longer be able to. We’ve already driven off a pair of nesting Bald Eagles a few years ago when County L was put in by Cedar Creek. They have never returned and no other Eagles or Osprey will use that nest. Gateway to the North? If this goes in we might as well put billboards up along US39 that read…"Cesspool of Wisconsin". nobiomass

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wausaupaul wrote:
COMMUNITY IMPACT- Vulnerable residents
Members of the public who are most susceptible to environmental stress would generally be found in hospitals, schools, daycare centers, and retirement homes. Two schools and two daycare facilities would be located within one mile of Weston 4.
Although protected in part by the DNR air pollution control permit requirements, some vulnerable individuals or groups (sensitive elderly individuals and children and persons with cardiopulmonary disease, for example) might react to increased emissions of air pollutants. Both coarse particulates (PM10) and fine particulates (PM2.5) can penetrate the sensitive respiratory tract.

We Energies wants to put 37 tons on PM 2.5 into our air. WE must stand up for the our right to a safe environment.

Tell Ken Rineer no biomass incinerator in Rothschild
Kenneth.Rineer@psc.state.wi.us

I think you meant to say the biomass incinerator, not Weston 4, but great point.
4/7/2010 11:33:22 PM

COMMUNITY IMPACT- Vulnerable residents<br />Members of the public who are most susceptible to environmental stress would generally be found in hospitals, schools, daycare centers, and retirement homes. Two schools and two daycare facilities would be located within one mile of Weston 4. <br />Although protected in part by the DNR air pollution control permit requirements, some vulnerable individuals or groups (sensitive elderly individuals and children and persons with cardiopulmonary disease, for example) might react to increased emissions of air pollutants. Both coarse particulates (PM10) and fine particulates (PM2.5) can penetrate the sensitive respiratory tract.<br /><br />We Energies wants to put 37 tons on PM 2.5 into our air. WE must stand up for the our right to a safe environment.<br /><br />Tell Ken Rineer no biomass incinerator in Rothschild<br />Kenneth.Rineer@psc.state.wi.us<br /></blockquote><br />I think you meant to say the biomass incinerator, not Weston 4, but great point. wausaupaul

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wausaupaul wrote:
Replying to whyyoushudthink:

There’s even more stink to this whole Rothschild location. Why does WE Energy have to hire the former (retired) Rothschild Village clerk to promote this project? Why does the Village Board, including the President turn their heads to this issue? I think the investigation needs to open up as we move forward to include inside politics within the Village. It seems that WE Energy has done their homework and already silenced the people at the top of Rothschild. If the President and Board members do not listen up to the majority, then the people of this village need to aggressively remove them from their Village positions. This is about the people living here, not about WE Energy benefiting from this financially. And do not fool yourself; this is NOT about creating local jobs. It’s about WE Energy benefiting corporately and financially.

Excellent! and I love the flag!
4/7/2010 11:30:43 PM

Replying to whyyoushudthink:<blockquote>There’s even more stink to this whole Rothschild location. Why does WE Energy have to hire the former (retired) Rothschild Village clerk to promote this project? Why does the Village Board, including the President turn their heads to this issue? I think the investigation needs to open up as we move forward to include inside politics within the Village. It seems that WE Energy has done their homework and already silenced the people at the top of Rothschild. If the President and Board members do not listen up to the majority, then the people of this village need to aggressively remove them from their Village positions. This is about the people living here, not about WE Energy benefiting from this financially. And do not fool yourself; this is NOT about creating local jobs. It’s about WE Energy benefiting corporately and financially.</blockquote><br />Excellent! and I love the flag! wausaupaul

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wausaupaul wrote:
Wow!!…….More great facts and points. I never thought about the wildlife, I have never heard anyone bring up that point before and it is an excellent one!! The costs of this project outweigh the benefits so much it is RIDICULOUS!!!
4/7/2010 11:28:56 PM

<br />Wow!!…….More great facts and points. I never thought about the wildlife, I have never heard anyone bring up that point before and it is an excellent one!! The costs of this project outweigh the benefits so much it is RIDICULOUS!!! wausaupaul

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nobiomass wrote:
When most people in Rothschild are asked about the biomass incinerator, you generally hear one of three replies…They are either vehemently opposed to it, don’t know much about it, or think it will be great for our local economy by providing jobs.
Make no mistake about it, very few locally are going to benefit from this biomass incinerator. Bolt Construction (New Berlin) has the construction contract. WE Energies and their "gun for hire" public relations firm is from Milwaukee. If this is so great for Rothschild, why do they need a public relations firm to con us into thinking this is good for us? Think about that.
Even Domtar is headquartered in Toronto. The permanent jobs in the "surrounding community" are mostly for the truckers and loggers who don’t even live in OUR community. It’s for those that fill and drive those 80 diesel trucks a day that will be going right past our schools. They all profit from this so-called "Biomass" INCINERATOR while we choke on it.

4/7/2010 10:32:48 PM

When most people in Rothschild are asked about the biomass incinerator, you generally hear one of three replies…They are either vehemently opposed to it, don’t know much about it, or think it will be great for our local economy by providing jobs. <br /> Make no mistake about it, very few locally are going to benefit from this biomass incinerator. Bolt Construction (New Berlin) has the construction contract. WE Energies and their "gun for hire" public relations firm is from Milwaukee. If this is so great for Rothschild, why do they need a public relations firm to con us into thinking this is good for us? Think about that. <br /> Even Domtar is headquartered in Toronto. The permanent jobs in the "surrounding community" are mostly for the truckers and loggers who don’t even live in OUR community. It’s for those that fill and drive those 80 diesel trucks a day that will be going right past our schools. They all profit from this so-called "Biomass" INCINERATOR while we choke on it.<br /><br /> nobiomass

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From the WESTON 4 application
http://www.epa.gov/ttn/chief/net/1999inventory.html#final3haps

COMMUNITY IMPACT- Vulnerable residents
Members of the public who are most susceptible to environmental stress would generally be found in hospitals, schools, daycare centers, and retirement homes. Two schools and two daycare facilities would be located within one mile of Weston 4.
Although protected in part by the DNR air pollution control permit requirements, some vulnerable individuals or groups (sensitive elderly individuals and children and persons with cardiopulmonary disease, for example) might react to increased emissions of air pollutants. Both coarse particulates (PM10) and fine particulates (PM2.5) can penetrate the sensitive respiratory tract.

We Energies wants to put 37 tons on PM 2.5 into our air. WE must stand up for the our right to a safe environment.

Tell Ken Rineer no biomass incinerator in Rothschild
Kenneth.Rineer@psc.state.wi.us

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