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What’s smart about biomass?

Herald and News letter to the editor by Lynn Sargent, Klamath Falls 3/28/12

After reading an article in the March 17 edition of the Herald and News, I think there is a great potential for a new course at Klamath Community College titled “Smart Thinking 101.”

The article that caught my eye was about the burn advisories for the air quality zone being over until October. The air quality zone, as most people know, is under Environmental Protection Agency mandate to attain and maintain air quality standards for three years running. Delbert Bell of the Environmental Health Division was mentioned in the article as stating, “If the county does not reach attainment it can mean some industries may decline to come to Klamath County.”

Maybe Klamath County officials are not interested in those industries. Elected and appointed officials have fallen all over each other to welcome two biomass plants within a stones’ throw of the air quality zone. How do they think the county could ever be in attainment to attract those industries? If this kind of thinking is OK by them, then maybe they could be the first to enroll in the new course.

Lynn Sargent

Klamath Falls



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