Comment 40553

By Donald J. Lester (anonymous) | Posted May 07, 2010 at 17:20:13

Ryan, " 1.It is net neutral or better on air quality, i.e. it spends at least half the year putting out exhaust that is cleaner than the ambient air;

2.It receives all of its inputs via barge/rail rather than 18-wheelers."

Firstly, I agree to your #1, position
With regards to #2, In the beginning this may not be possible but perhaps there could be some compromise. For the sake of discussion that in the first year and a half, we let is ride as said company may use what ever means to receives all of its inputs. followed by a decrees of 25% each consecutive years to minimum of 50% excluding the inputs from Hamilton, or something to this affect.

With regards to, "My understanding of the Liberty plan is that it meets neither criterion." If this is the reality, which I am not sure, then Hamilton should begin actively looking for a company that can meet these requirements; including attempting to negotiate with Liberty and if comes down to cost, perhaps this would be a place where the City could invest as there is little doubt that there are years of returns including employment.

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