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Reader's view: Steam plant photo was of steam, not pollution

I would like to correct a perception that may have been left by a News Tribune picture Aug. 25 of emissions from the Duluth Steam Plant. The picture seemed to want to convince viewers the steam plant pollutes the environment.

I would like to correct a perception that may have been left by a News Tribune picture Aug. 25 of emissions from the Duluth Steam Plant. The picture seemed to want to convince viewers the steam plant pollutes the environment.

What was actually photographed was excess steam (water vapor) used to heat the hot water loops that serve Canal Park hotels, the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center and Amsoil Arena. During certain hours of the day when kitchens, showers and laundry operations are not running at the properties, heat demand on the loops drops off and the unused turbine exhaust steam used to heat the water vents off through the roof vent.

The Duluth Steam Cooperative has for 33 years diligently worked to control and reduce regulated air emissions and has operated at approximately 25 percent of Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and Environmental Protection Agency permit levels since passage of the Clean Air Act of 1979.

When presenting photographs or a position, I request the News Tribune conduct an unbiased, objective investigation before disseminating its apparent conclusions.

Jerry Pelofske

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Duluth

The writer is manager of Duluth Steam Cooperative Association.

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