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Questions about power options

February 14, 2012
Marshall Independent

To the editor:

Reading the Feb. 2 "Cleaner, cheaper power options for Otter Tail" letter, I get the impression the Energy Consultant and Policy analyst for Clean Up the River Environment (CURE) is an environmentalist who wants to shut down the coal fired power plants at Big Stone and Hoot Lake unless they convert to natural gas, for the following reasons:

1. Coal prices are forecast to significantly rise in the coming years. and so protect customer and investor pocketbooks.

2. To protect public health.

And so I have a few questions for the man from CURE:

1. On what data do you base item 1 on?

2. Do you have data on the pollution control equipment that Ottertail plans on installing at those power plants? And what is the quantity of pollutants that will be released into the air after the equipment is installed?

3. What are the health risks to us, due to pollutants after the upgrades to the power plants are finished?

Phil Drietz




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