I live in a in a place called Crescent, it's a small town in Central Oregon in the middle of Deschutes National Forest where the air is always clean despite the local mill, and the tap water is guaranteed to be cleaner and more delicious than most any bottled water. It's not a fairy tale, the town is small and has been known for issues like drug problems and extremely low employment, indicative of any impoverished area. Recently things have looked as if they were going to improve, the town is fighting for an eco-friendly sewer system to replace the septic systems currently in place, a destination resort is being built not far from the town which will provide jobs for nearly everyone in the town, as well as many untold forms of economic growth, most of which are designed with the preservation of our area's natural beauty in mind. One company, however, has something nefarious in mind for our town. Recology, the seventh largest hazardous materials composting company in the nation, is opening a "composting" yard in a rural-residential area of our less than 1000-person township. This business composts dead animals, solid fecal waste, plant matter, oils, greases, chemical waste, and several other substances that WILL leach into our area's groundwater, and the Little Deschutes River which runs directly through our town, as well as spewing noxious, poisonous, and pollutant fumes and odors into the air. Recology claims that from their "research conducted on Google Earth", there are NO residences within two miles of this compost yard. In fact, there are MANY residences within a quarter-mile. This town harbors the elderly, the very young, some very sick and some undernourished, and I fear that this may deal a deathblow to not only the people of Crescent, but also the economic growth. What destination resort would be well placed near an industrial waste processing town? The wildlife which is currently abundant and healthy will be poisoned, some will likely die as a direct result. People in the area who rely on legally hunting wild game to keep themselves fed may be forced to throw away poisoned or contaminated game. In all reality, Recology Inc threatens to kill our little town, and nail the coffin shut. Please don't let this happen. Tell Recology to shut down operations in rural communities!
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