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Kingsford Rightly used common sense

October 18, 2012
The Daily News


There are a lot of flyers going around suggesting that Dr. Benishek should not be re-elected because he supports the S.S. Badger and did not vote to shutdown the cement factories in Wisconsin and Michigan.

The S.S. Badger and the cement factories of Wisconsin and Michigan have both been shown on the "Modern Marvels" program on the History Channel.

The Badger is the safest, most efficient and profitable ferry boat in the world. It employs a lot of people both in Manitowoc, Wis., and Ludington, Mich., many in the maritime unions.

This year alone the Badger economically transported 200 windmill towers from factories in Wisconsin to wind farms in Michigan. The cement factories employ thousands of trade union employees and make possible the jobs of trade union workers who use that concrete. Also all the highway construction going on right now would not be possible without this modern concrete.

The amount of coal ash that the Badger dumps into Lake Michigan is minimal, and you can not make modern concrete without "calcified lime" a natural form of asbestos or coal ash.

Thanks to modern technology, natural heavy metals like mercury, arsenic, and lead are no longer measured in parts per thousands, but in parts per billion or trillion.

From 1860 to 1960 thousands of coal fired vessels plied the Great Lakes. Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and Pennsylvania all had steel mills on the Great Lakes that used coal. In Canada there are giant steel mills on the Great Lakes like Esser formerly "Algoma Steel" that use coal.

Mercury in nature comes in two forms. In a pure form that usually follows gold veins and when elements combine naturally. Using the environmentalists own science and measurements all five of the great Lakes should be vast pools of mercury.

Zero tolerance of heavy metals in nature is impossible.

You can reduce heavy metal exposure to a point, but not eliminate it. Congressman Dr. Benishek rightly used common sense, and did not support regulations that would have put thousands of union and non-union workers out of a job, and halt construction projects nationwide to achieve an unachievable environmental goal.

Don Wolf

Iron River



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