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“No” to Oakwood Hills plant

Published: Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

Sometimes, common sense leads one to the best answer. Let’s not split hairs with the developers of the proposed Oakwood Hills power plant.

What do we know? The plant will use substantial amounts of groundwater in a county that is predicting a dire reduction of fresh water available in substrata wells. The plant will emit lead and mercury pollutants into the air; a little or a lot, it’s pollution. The plant will generate noise near a school and residential properties; a little or a lot, it’s noise.

Common sense tells us we have little to gain and a lot to lose if we allow this plant to be built in Oakwood Hills or anywhere in McHenry County.

Leslie Schermerhorn

Regional Superintendent of Schools

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