2/15/2013 11:01:00 AM A chance to make our own history
To the editor:
I would like to start this letter by stating I have never written a letter to the editor, but after the last letter from RST I feel like a response is needed. I am a lifelong resident of Randolph Township and have worked in manufacturing my entire life. I am certainly not anti-business.
The first issue I would like to address is the zoning of the Randolph Industrial Park. When the park was zoned it was set up as "light industrial." I fail to see how RTS in any way shape or form fits this requirement. It was right to have this considered in the initial zoning since the Industrial Park borders houses in the city limits.
The second issue I would like to address is the one of environmental safety. The plant plans to use thousands of gallons of a chemical called Toluene. This chemical is highly flammable as well as toxic. The chemical can harm the kidneys, liver, brain and central nervous system. RTS plans to use 30,000 gallons of water per day to cool their solution towers and dump the water in Chub Creek. I questioned them about how wise this is to cool a toxic chemical and then dump the water. I also suggested that they use a closed loop system for cooling; their answer, it was too expensive. I find it hard to put a price on the health of the people and waterways of Randolph. The School my two daughters attend is less than a mile from the Industrial Park.
In closing I would like to thank the Mayor of Randolph for standing up for the safety of the citizens of Randolph. With all due respect, Mr. Harnack, I have lived in Randolph my entire life, you have been here since October. I do not need you to tell me what is best for my community. I do not consider trading the quality of life in Randolph for all our people for 20 jobs a fair trade.