2007.08.29 David Blesing

Written by David Green.

Well, folks, that was quite a parade we the citizens of Morenci and beyond were treated to over the weekend, wasn’t it? For those who were not able to witness this spectacular event, or do not understand why, here it is.

Apparently the Vreba-Hoff factories on U.S. 127 and Dillon Highway in Michigan have once again generated more waste than they have land on which to dump it. So they were simply transferring it to their newest satellite waste pit at the Chesterfield factory in Fulton County, Ohio.

I had more than a few people call and ask if this was legal for them to do. I’m not the one you should be asking. You should be asking your lawmakers in Lansing, Columbus and Washington. They are the ones responsible for making and enforcing the laws of our land that these factory operators seem to be thumbing their noses at.

Doesn’t it make you wonder why they did this on Friday afternoon, all night Friday, all day Saturday until way past dark, and then all day Sunday? It’s now Monday and it appears they are all done hauling. The government oversight agencies are open again. What do you think will happen now?

The truth is this has nothing to do with farming and nutrient management, but everything to do with industry and hazardous waste disposal. Anybody want to venture a guess where all that waste is eventually going to end up?

Get informed! Go to the Environmentally Concerned Citizens of South Central Michigan web site at www.nocafos.org.

– David L. Blesing, Sr.
Citizen, Fulton County, U.S.A.
  • Front.cross
    HUDSON RUNNER Jacob Morgan looks toward the top of the hill with dismay during the tough finish at Harrison Lake State Park. Fayette runner Jacob Garrow focuses on the summit, also, during the Eagle Invitational cross country run Saturday morning. Continuing rain and drizzle made the course even more challenging. Results of the race are in this week’s Observer.
  • Front.bear
    HOLDEN HUTCHISON gives a hug to a black bear cub—the product of a taxidermist’s skills—at the Michigan DNR’s Great Youth Jamboree. The event on Sunday marked the fourth year of the Jamboree. Additional photos are on page 12.
  • Front.crossing
    Crossing over—Jim Heiney was given a U.S. flag to carry by George Vereecke (behind Jim in the hat), turning him into the leader of the parade. Bridge Walk participants cross over Bean Creek while, in the background, members of the Morenci Legion Riders cross the main traffic bridge on East Street South. Additional photos appear on the back page of this week’s Observer.
  • Front.hose Testing
    HOSE safety—The FireCatt hose testing company from Troy put Morenci Fire Department hose to the test Monday morning when Mill Street was closed to traffic. The company also checks nozzles and ladders for wear in an effort to keep fire fighters safe while on calls.
  • Front.starting
    BIKE-A-THON—Children in Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program brought their bikes last Tuesday to participate in a bike-a-thon. Riders await the start of the event at the elementary school before being led on a course through town by organizer Leonie Leahy.
  • Front.train
    WRECKAGE—Morenci Fire Department member Taylor Schisler walks past the smoking wreckage of a semi-truck tractor on the north side of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks on Ranger Highway. The truck trailer was on the south side of the tracks

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