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What happens if Intel shuts down D1X, D2X?

Read your article with great interest (“Grass-roots opposition to Intel permit grows,” News-Times, Oct. 23 issue), since the majority of my neighbors are employed by Intel. Isn’t it interesting that we have a retired school teacher and a former Washington County Commissioner wanting to shut down Intel.

Since both are either on PERS or will be going on state retirement, where will their taxpayer support come from when Intel mothballs D1X and D2X and resources more than 6,000 jobs to China?

However, the air around Hillsboro will be cleaner — unless we have a strong westerly from China.

George Vennes

Portland

We should stick with one time all year

I read with interest the opinion piece regarding Daylight Savings Time (“It’s time to leave time alone,” News-Times, Oct. 30 issue).

Years ago, my husband and I were stationed in the west side of Tokyo with the U.S. Air Force. Japanese businessmen would often hire Americans to assist them in improving their conversational English skills, and I sometimes helped a friend in teaching such a class. On one occasion when I was the teacher, the group wanted to talk about Daylight Savings Time, which they had heard about but did not understand. I tried my best to explain it in several ways, but I could see from their expressions that the whole concept was simply confusing to them. Finally, one gentleman summed up the information I had attempted to present by saying: “But Okusan (Mrs.)! Still only 24 hours! No saving! No saving!”

I had to admit he was correct, and the whole idea was probably unsound.

I completely agree with the thought that time changes should be abandoned. Let’s choose Daylight Time or Standard Time and stick with one all year around.

I hope Washington and California can support the idea as well.

Sue Nemchick

Forest Grove

Intel’s products clean, but processes dirty

Intel: Are you a clean semi-conductor manufacturer? Yes you are — for the chips and component parts you make. Your chips have to be made under the strictest conditions of cleanliness. Even your employees wear white coats and other apparel with special procedures to guarantee no dust or contaminant goes from the employee’s body to the chip. Some employees have told me they wonder whether Intel is as concerned about things going the other way — toxins from the environment into their bodies.

As much as I am concerned about employee safety and health, I am really concerned about the health of the people who live within a 25-mile dispersion radius from any Washington County Intel manufacturing plant. Many of the toxic chemicals, some heavier than air, are colorless and odorless. And it does not take much exposure to adversely affect a person’s health.

In addition to hazardous air pollutants, which include the hydrogen fluorides Intel has been emitting, I am concerned about the amount of greenhouse gases Intel wants to emit each year — 819,000 tons.

Fred Marsh, a research chemist for 39 years who worked at Los Alamos labs for more than 25 years, told me “819,000 tons of greenhouse gases Intel could release under the proposed permit is equal to 2,244 tons per day, 93.5 tons per hour, and more than 1.5 tons per minute.”

The current and proposed Intel air emission permits allow the release of an entire year’s amount of any permitted compound, no matter how toxic, in a day, or an hour, or as short a time as they wish. Marsh also said Intel’s New Mexico permit allows them to release 5.9 tons of phosgene (a deadly chemical warfare agent that caused 80 percent of the poison gas deaths in World War I) in an hour, which would kill thousands, if not tens of thousands, in nearby communities. Intel can say, but maybe not in good conscience, that they meet all state and federal guidelines!

Intel operates 24/7/365. I hope they will be good neighbors and install redundant equipment so when something fails to clean the air, another system is in place to do so. Anything else is unconscionable.

Dale Feik

Forest Grove




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