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- Perryville man arrested for alleged patronizing prostitution, harassment (9/23/16)6
- Eldorado Resorts to buy Isle of Capri Casinos (9/20/16)7
- Community helps Jackson family with two cases of muscular dystrophy (9/19/16)
- Video and evidence largely confirm trooper's claims in April traffic stop shooting (9/23/16)7
- Cape man may lose eye after shovel beating, police say (9/25/16)2
- Funeral procession of former Cape Girardeau police chief Henry H. Gerecke (9/22/16)17
- Cape man accused of attacking pregnant girlfriend (9/22/16)
- Show Me Center upgrades may allow facility to draw more elaborate shows (9/21/16)17
- Man convicted of Perryville convenience-store heist (9/21/16)
SEMO Port ammonia nitrate mishap
To the editor:
I would like to bring attention to the mishap at the Southeast Missouri Regional Port that took place Friday. It was 8 o'clock, and the police department was evacuating us from our home.
The officer said the port authority has an issue with ammonia nitrate and we needed to leave our home, that all residents within a mile-and-a-half radius were to evacuate. It was horrifying to learn from the noonday news that if this had exploded it would have leveled a mile-and-a-half radius.
Now I want to add another component to this issue. What if we had the three ethanol plants in the same vicinity of this ammonia nitrate?
I hope the politicians and the leaders of this surrounding community get the clear picture.
We are in no way being responsible to the citizens of this area if we allow any of these plants to be built next to ammonia nitrate storage facilities. The infrastructure is not in place to handle any of these types of fires. Just ask your local firefighters. They will tell you the truth. Nash Road is not ready for the ethanol industry.
You must also ask yourself how anyone can be allowed to store ammonia nitrate that can level a mile-and-a-half radius so close to the residents of Scott City.
MONTY KEESEE, Scott City