Sunday just doesn’t feel like Sunday without brimstone!
The owner of the coal burner off Farmer’s Loop stoked up and smoked out the Steese Highway again Sunday, Feb. 27.
Read DEC’s Jan. 26, 2011 Nuisance Abatement Order [42KB]. Help us understand. Most folks wouldn’t openly and repeatedly flout a $10,000 fine accompanied by up to a year in jail. The owner must know something we don’t.
Is a higher power on his side protecting his ability to pollute the air? Someone up there must think he’s pretty special. So special his interests are protected while hundreds of adults and children who drive through his smoke daily, having no choice but to inhale the fine particles deep into their lung tissue, count for nothing.
That higher power must preserve him even on weekdays, as the smoke was just as bad–if not worse–the following day, a Monday and not even a holiday. The owner must know more than we do about DEC’s work schedules. We would have thought there was some risk from continuing the smoke emissions on a workday, during working hours, with DEC inspectors possibly in the vicinity.
He’s sending out a smoke signal, a bilious message loud and clear. He’s protected; you’re not. It’s that simple.