The environmentalists from Champaign County have been working overtime writing letters to the editor with the same tired scare tactics about coal mining and allowing supporters to sign their names to them.
One letter remarked how their children won’t be able to play in the Salt Fork River when the coal company comes. These parents should think twice about their kids playing in the river now because of consistent high nitrate levels. High nitrate levels can cause health issues for young children and makes water treatment for potable water more difficult.
In years past, Prairie Rivers Network would print letters in local papers blaming high nitrate levels on local farmers and their irresponsible application of fertilizer. You won’t see any letters like that now because they want local farmers to join the fight against Sunrise Coal Co.
Look out farmers, when Sunrise starts coal production in Vermilion County, Prairie Rivers will be breathing down your necks again.
A few years ago, a contractor working for the University of Illinois released a large quantity of ammonia to the Northeast Treatment Plant of the Urbana-Champaign Sanitary District. The result was a fish kill on the Salt Fork alone of more than 35,000 fish. Recently, the UCSD Northeast Plant renewed its NPDES permit. What amazes me is that the IEPA only requires this wastewater plant to test for ammonia two days a week.
After the disaster on the Salt Fork, why aren’t they required to test seven days a week? Why is Prairie Rivers not demanding this?
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- Life spent helping others Life spent helping others Editor: For more than 50 years, on the first Sunday in March, they came from as far away as California, New York, Detroit, Dallas, the state of Florida and all throughout the Midwest to witness the glitz, glamour and fashion
- Wrong time for minimum wage hike Wrong time for minimum wage hike Supporters of raising minimum wage, despite good intentions, do not end up helping the ones who need it the most. An example would be a single mother of one child faces a marginal tax rate of 91 percent when her pay
Son does well at Liberty
Editor: My son, Nathaniel, attends school at Liberty Elementary School.
- Races charge too much Editor: Runners and walkers must beware this summer. Some 5K (3.1 mile) fundraising events will again be way overcharging. Most are put on for good causes, but it’s not a good cause to overcharge people for something they sweat for.
- Fight the proposed coal mine Fight the proposed coal mine Editor: In a single issue of St. Joseph's The Leader, dated March 5, one can find four events listed that testify to our love of the natural world: a bird walk, a lecture on freshwater mussels, a pre-K event at Homer Lake
- Searching for answers Searching for answers Editor: I'm certainly not saying the city's firefighters don't need or deserve an increase of funds, but I would like to better understand why. Why do they feel they need more personnel than the national average of 1.04 per 1000
- Advocate will be missed Editor: We at Community Blood Services of Illinois are saddened by the recent death of Patricia Black, a wonderful and dedicated employee who was known to a generation of local blood donors. Pat was a tireless advocate for the Danville Elks Blood Ban
- Social workers earn praise Editor: March was National Social Work month. The 2014 theme was "All People Matter." I personally want to say "thank you" to the social workers. I am a registered nurse and have worked in many different health care settings from acute hospital care
- Neighborhood going downhill Editor: Home owners and the few good rentals of southeast Danville are concerned about Fair Oaks in their neighborhood. Well, wake up people. Unless you have been in a coma or frozen for the past five years or more, these kinds of people and many wor
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