Continuous monitoring needed at Intel facilities

I am 93 years old. I am very concerned about Intel’s application for a new toxic air emissions permit.

The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) needs to do a better job of making sure Intel does not allow fluorine-related toxic chemicals to be emitted. Intel’s emitting of fluorides and its combination with other chemicals has been shown to be injurious to people, especially the young, individuals who are not healthy, and the aged.

I certainly do not want our health compromised by Intel’s emissions. But just as important to us, we have close friends who have adult children who live within a couple of blocks of the Intel plant in Hillsboro who want to start a family. Intel’s emissions are toxic and can cause serious damage to the unborn child and also to the very young child. Intel should be required to have the most advanced scrubbers with the highest efficiencies (for all solvents, not just the ones that are currently listed as “volatile organic compounds”) and also for the silica that is emitted from their stacks.

Continuous air monitors are a necessity, and should be required; they would let DEQ and Intel know when spikes and emissions occur and adjust emissions accordingly.

Intel operates its plants 24/7/365, and is emitting toxins all the time. They should be required to be monitoring all the time, too.

Warren Lancaster

Forest Grove

We should stick with one time all year

I read with interest the opinion piece regarding Daylight Savings Time (“Spring forward, fall back? No thanks,” Hillsboro Tribune, Nov. 1 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

What if Intel ships its jobs to China?

Read your article with great interest (“Intel permit faces opposition,” Hillsboro Tribune, Oct. 25 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


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