LETTER: Coal ash vs. road salt

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Coal Ash vs Road Salt
First, I will suggest that Ernest Baldwin do as he proposes and move out of Spencer County. With that said, having read the article in the Spencer Magnet 2/5/14 I think he is exaggerating as to the effects to his property. I was in Fiscal Court when he first confronted them about the ash cinders used by the county. I found his complaint a little ridiculous but just ignored it as the court did. From my experience the coal ash cinders help to melt the ice and snow even when the temperature is below freezing if the sun shines.I live in a subdivision with a private gravel road with a steep hill. When it snows residents can’t get up the road even if I grade the road unless you have a 4 wheel drive vehicle. That condition lasts until the snow melts. On a prior snow a neighbor put coal ash on the hill and the next day the hill was nearly clear of snow and able to be traversed even though the temperature was still below freezing. Salt would have made the road into a muddy morass had he used salt. With the last snow we had on 2/2/14/ to 2/3/14 no coal ash was put down and the hill was impassable unless with 4 wheel drive for several days until it got above freezing.
Since the University of Kentucky has a science lab and chemical lab and can test their coal ash I can assume they know for a fact what the coal ash contains. Mr. Baldwin has only his environmentalist friends to ascertain the content of the coal ash from the U of K school and we all know the environmentalists agenda. According to what the U of K stated in the article the coal ash is not harmful to the environment or Mr. Baldwin’s home and property. Our road is a private road but I, and I will assume, my neighbors would gladly pay the county to spread coal ash on our road but that is not an option we have.

—Carl Darnell