Local Environmental News Briefs
Out Our Environment- The Story of a Grand Rapids Eco-Atrocity
story, quick and to the point: MN Power (Allete)
and Grand Rapids Power are looking to build a huge $200
million coal power plant in Grand Rapids that will measurably
affect everyone and everything within 250 miles. The
plant will generate power predominantly for the Chicago/Milwaukee
area, and our local environment and health will be punished
The 400 ft.
stacks will spew a thick variety of toxins, including:
108,000 tons/yr of ash, 247 lbs/yr. of arsenic, 336
lbs/yr of lead, 26 lbs/yr of mercury and 38 lbs/yr of
cadmium. 476 gallons PER MINUTE of heated water will
be pumped into the Mississippi River,
negatively impacting aquatic habitat. At the same time,
millions of dollars will be pooring
into the pockets of MN Power.
At a recent
public meeting, the president of RapidsPower
said, "the reason they make these stacks so tall is for a very good
reason. It's not as if they (pollutants) will rain down
on Grand Rapids,
they will settle out about 300KM from here." Does
that make it okay?
Rapids, the project has a guise
of being popular. The Blandin Paper Company is a powerful part of the local economy
and will be utilizing 84 MW of power. MN Power has the
local folk believing that’s why it’s needed. In truth,
over half of the power will be shipped out of the region.
of the Audubon Society and Environmental Association
for Great Lakes Education points out “The concern is
that Northern Minnesota may become
an ‘energy colony,’ producing electricity for other
parts of the country at the expense of our health and
coal burning power plants have been proposed for Hoyt
but this one is closest to becoming reality.”
For more information,
contact the Rapids Power.com website and CARPP.org.
(CARPP stands for Citizens Advocating Responsible Power
A fresh released
2003 Whitehouse budget reveals Bush’s desire to rid
of environmental education. The budget calls for a reorganization
of the EPA and calls environmental education “ineffective”.
They’re right---educating people about endangered species,
polluted drinking water and holes in the ozone is a
horribly “ineffective” way to pass bills that allow
the building of pipelines across the arctic, drilling
for oil and gas under the Great Lakes,
and commissioning the construction of new nuclear reactors.
Advocating ignorance is the most effective way to keep
citizens off the backs of Big Business
. The full report can be found at www.whitehouse.gov/om/budget/fy/2003
Fact of the Week
patent number 6315213 was filed. The patent is described
as a method of controlling the weather and was applied
for by scientists working for the US
military. The scientists are from Wright Patterson Air
Force Base, and they outwardly acknowledge that planes
are spraying barium salt, polymer fibers, aluminum oxide
and other chemicals in the atmosphere to both modify
the weather and for military communications purposes.
abstract specifically states: "The polymer is dispersed
into the cloud and the wind of the storm agitates the
mixture causing the polymer to absorb the rain. This
reaction forms a gelatinous substance
which precipitate to the surface below. Thus,
diminishing the cloud's ability to rain."
covered this story in its January article "Activate
Cloud Shield! Zap a Twister!" The article detailed
the military's plan for "made-to-order thunderstorms"
and "lightning strikes on demand."
Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space http://www.space4peace.org