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+ A6 _~,~ Augu,t VA L L E Y NE S ! POST-REGISTER Fireworks: Continued from front page ground?" Lybbert asked. Grant County Fire District No. 3 Chief Don Fortier said enforcing such a law would be problematic. "The problem is resources," Fortier said. "If you ban fireworks, then the police would not have to determine is it legal or not." Lybbert asked if it could be possible to desig- nate a place in the community where fireworks could be used and ban them everywhere else. Hemberry said the city could look into that idea and see what other cities have done. Police: Continued from front page 12 feet, would be provided for free to the city through a federal government program. The city would have to pay for the transportation and setup of the facility. The total cost for installing the building would be $10,423. The council approved the expenditure. Also, Ackerman told the council that a federal grant paying for part of the expense of having a Quincy officer in INET was going away. That means it will cost the city about $20,000 extra to have an officer involved in the group.Ackerman said it is important to continue supporting the INET program. "We get alot of bang for the buck with INET," he said. "Gangs and drugs go hand in hand." The issue will be taken up by the council dur- ing the discussions about next year's budget. State: Sabey's data center creates a minimal health risk to community Ecology declares that emissions from diesel generators within acceptable limits BY CHUCK ALLEN editor@ qvpr.com The construction of the Sabey Corporation data center and its 44 diesel-powered standby generators would create minimal health risk to the community, according to information pre- sented by the state Department of Ecology dur- ing a public hearing on Wednesday, Aug. 3. The maximum risk for emissions from the Sabey data center is 6.3 cancers in 1 million, said Matt Kadlec, a senior toxicologist with the DOE. That means if 1 million people lived in the place of maximum risk, and were exposed to the maximum allowed diesel emissions over a 70-year lifespan, then the expectation is it could cause cancer in 6.3 people. The DOE has established a threshold of 10 cancers in 1 million as the allowable risk for individual data center operations. With all the data centers and other sources of diesel exhaust taken into account, the risk to residents in the City of Quincy is 65 cancers in 1 million. "That is much lower than the urbanized areas of Washington,'; Kadlec said. He pointed out that some parts of the state along the 1=5 corridor have risks that are as much as six times greater than the risk in Quincy. Aside from cancer-causing particulates, diesel exhaust includes nitrous oxide, which can cause problems for people suffering from respiratory diseases. The effects of nitrous oxide emissions by the Sabey data center were also taken into account, Kadlec said. "There is an extremely low risk of moder- ate or even lower risk of respiratory problems because of Sabey," Kadlec said. As with the new Dell data center, Sabey will only be allowed to run their generators for 8 hours a year because of emergencies. The generators will be allowed to run for testing and maintenance, but those instances will be monitored and limited and must be coordinated with other data center operations in the city, said David Ogulei, senior air quality engineer for DOE. Patty Martin, who is a member of the group Microsoft Yes - Toxic Air Pollution No, which is appealing the permits issued to Microsoft and Yahoo!, said the data center operations could cause problems for people besides cancer. "The real threat to the majority of people is not cancer, it's heart attacks and strokes," she said. She also asked why Sabey and Dell are asldng for only eight hours of emergency operation for their data centers when Microsoft and Yahoo! asked for 40 hours of emergency operation. Ogulei said the companies are the ones that make the request for hours of operation when they apply for a permit. As long as the permit request fits within the state's parameters, then those requests can be granted, he said. Pat Boss, Quincy Port District consultant, asked if DOE had seen problems with data center operations not fulfilling their permit requirements. Ogulei said he hasn't heard of any corn: plaints. During the public hearing portion of the meeting, Boss and several others, including a number of members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, spoke on behalf of the project. Martin said she wanted to see Sabey be required to use cleaner-burning diesel engines and oxidation catalysts for the project. "The harm to any neighbors and the com-' munity is unnecessary when technology exists to reduce exposure," Martin stated. Ambulance: Continued from front page by basic life-support service employees who are on call. He is promising that the backup service will have a 10-minute response time in the City of Quincy at least 80 percent of the time. On the seventh day, part- time employees will provide front-line and backup service. Williamson said he is looking to hire a few more employees to fill out the crew. Many of the former Quincy Valley Ambulance Service employees have been hired on by Williamson. "The intention Was to pro- vide the same service with as many of the same people as possible," Williamson said when he first decided to create the company last year. He began to think about the idea when the city council asked if the employees had considered forming their own company when the hospital district announced it was con- sidering giving up the public ambulance service. "A lightbulb went off in my head and I really started to look at it to see if it would be feasible," Williamson said After examining the idea from several angles, he decided it was possible to provide a lo- cal service if the hospital was willing to work with him and also the City of Quincy and Grant County Fire District No. 3 would continue to provide a subsidy to the service. "Without that subsidy there is no way to make it work," Williamson said. Both the fire district and the city have agreed to pay Protection- 1 $110,000 each on an annual basis. Williamson said his com- pany can make an ambulance service work in Quincy because it will not have the overhead like other operations. "We won't have the ex- pense of having supervisors or administrators on the pay- roll and other expenses," said Williamson, who plans to run shifts like the other full-time paramedics. The company has contracted with abilling company that spe- cializes in ambulance services, which should help Protection- 1 maintain its cash flow. Williamson admitted there was some tension and hard feel- ings toward the hospital district when it first started talking about privatizing the ambu- lance service to save costs, but those feelings are gone. "We have a good relation- ship with the hospital," Wil- liamson said. "We have come to terms to make things work. The leadership in this commu- nity realized we need to have a good relationship in order to make things work." Hospital administrator Me- hdi Merred said he admires Williamson for his willing- ness to take on the ambulance service. "It's remarkable of him to do that," Merred said. "It takes courage and tenacity on his part to follow through with what he needed to do." He said Williamson and the ambulance staffwere providing quality care when the hospital ran the service. "The decision to divest the service was not about quality of care," Merred said. "They were providing excellent care." Merred said the hospital plans to help Williamson become successful with the company. "We're here to help in any way we can," he said. Williamson said the public should expect the same level of care it had under the previous service. "That is the plan," William- son said. "That's why I created this company. I want the com- munity to have a local, quality service that fits the needs of Quincy." Get organized Reg. 11.99 66-Qt. Latched Storage Box GATES HARDWARE 23 E Street SE 787-4431 Hours: M..Sat. 7 to 6; Sun. 8 to 5 lUll I II IIIlllll IIII I I Illlll Starting on Thursday August 11, 2011 we are proud to announce a new bus stop in Quincy WA. Our new agent, Prabin Josi owns The Short Stop, 223 E Street, Quincy. The Short Stop will be selling tickets to anywhere in the United States, Canada and Mexico. They will also send and receive freight. 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