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Letter: Westshore needs to come clean
Re: “The dust up over coal,” South Delta Leader, Jan. 18
Did Westshore Terminals’ Denis Horgan have his tongue firmly stuck in his cheek when he told your reporter that “coal is a naturally occuring mineral. It is not toxic?”
Agreed, coal is natural matter, but its dust is toxic, just as dangerous as any dust or pollutant. Asthma, black lung, sillicosis are but three ailments caused by ‘natural’ dusts and other pollutants.
Deltaports’ operators should take the money squandered on their public relations efforts to convince us that black is white and spend it on operating quietly, cleanly and considerately.
Being quiet, clean and considerate is the best PR known.
Light seeping through peoples’ curtains disturbs their sleep. Coal dust is toxic. Diesel particulate is unhealthy. Noise disturbs people during the day and at night, when they need peace and quiet and complete darkness for proper rest.
The sooner that Westshore et al take their tongues out of their cheeks, the sooner they’ll gain our trust and respect.