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Letters: The incinerator at Hill Air Force Base should be shut down for good
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Woods Cross citizens are concerned about the incinerator burning medical waste.They allege that it is producing toxic gases hazardous to their health. A far greater hazard is the incinerator at Hill AFB, the best kept secret since its 26 years of operation. It looked like a great idea at the time .A huge dump truck of solid waste empties a load into the incinerator, it is burned, and less than a pickup load of ashes is left. What a reduction in the quantity of waste. What you didn’t see was all those gases released in the process. If you add the mass of the ashes to the mass of the gases produced, it would equal the mass of all the waste in the big dump truck. These include nitrous oxide penetrating our upper atmosphere, causing an increase in skin cancer; methane gas trapping heat in our atmosphere; and carbon dioxide causing global warming and acidity in the oceans. That pickup load of ash contains many dangerous heavy metals that are deposited in the land fill where they leach ground into water.

Here’s my suggestion, tear down the burn plant and recycle the former wastes. Convert the heating of the buildings at HAFB to supply steam, heated by natural gas. Let’s recycle the incinerator at Hill Field.

 Bob Van Velkinburgh,

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