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Citizens encouraged to attend meeting on waste landfill Feb. 20

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Letters to the Editor

Editor:
This is a request to the Citizens of Trimble County who are concerned about clean air, clean water, and the environment of our county to attend the Open Meeting that will be held by the Division of Waste Management on February 20th at 7:00 p.m. at the Trimble County High School gymnasium to answer questions and hear concerns regarding LG&E’s revised permit application for a 189-acre coal fly ash landfill.  
If you think that you will not be affected by the landfill because you do not live in the immediate area, think again. Our county will be impacted. To learn more about coal fly ash, come to the meeting and ask questions of the Division of Waste Management staff. Find out as much as you can about coal fly ash. It contains many toxic elements, including the heavy metals. Do an Internet search and you can find many examples of areas where the air and ground water have been contaminated, plus the many health issues associated with living in an area with coal fly ash landfills. Does it stay contained in the area where it is deposited? Ask the Air Polution Control District in Louisville about their experience with the LG&E Power Plants that have been repeatedly fined for air contamination. Talk with the people that live near the Cane Run or the Mill Creek LG&E power plants about the coal fly ash that blows in their areas daily. Also, look at the respiratory issues and high incident of cancer that affects the residents of those communities, they are abnormally high.  
In terms of distance, how far from the proposed coal fly ash landfill are the Bedford Elementary, Trimble Middle, and Trimble High Schools, or downtown Bedford, that is “as the crow flies?” Is it possible that these areas are far enough away, that the air quality will not be affected?  
I again urge you to attend the Open Meeting on February 20th at 7:00 p.m. at the Trimble County High School Gymnasium; listen, learn, and ask questions so you have a good understanding of the impact of a coal fly ash landfill in our community.
Respectfully,  
Sonia McElroy
Milton, Ky.