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March 25, 2013 at 4:03 PM

Seattle’s organic waste may find home in Cle Elum

Eastern Washington should not have to deal with Western Washington’s waste

Hauling our rotting waste to Cle Elum is a terrible idea [“Cle Elum residents don’t want Seattle’s organic waste,” page one, March 21]. The folks who live near the Cedar Grove complex must have more clout than the property owners in Kittitas County.

How many of you readers are familiar with the location proposed for this project? It is a beautiful area, with Elk roaming the grassy fields. Aside from the distasteful facts surrounding such a plant, does anyone understand the logistics of all the semi-trucks running back and forth over the pass? The current Washington state Department of Transportation I-90 project on the east slope of the pass will take years to complete, and even as it is finished, we don’t want to negate the positive results of the new stretch (all the way to Easton) with added semi traffic.

People choose to live in rural areas so they don’t have to deal with all the issues of city/urban life, (noise, traffic jams, crime, overzealous local government), it should be of no surprise they don’t want the stench created by the 206/425 crowd. Nobody wants complexes like this in their vicinity, me included.

Ideas like this trash plant just add fuel to the idea of creating a Western Washington state, and a new Eastern Washington state. Draw a line right down the Cascade Crest trail. I suspect most of the Westsiders would not have issues with this. Poll the 509 crowd and see how they would respond. Very positively I would imagine.

–Richard Eirich, Kirkland

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