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Published June 05, 2012, 08:25 PM

Mayville Residents Worried Dust From Elevator is Health Hazard

MAYVILLE, ND (WDAZ-TV) - Some people in Mayville are trying to get the word out about what they believe could be a serious health hazard.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ

MAYVILLE, ND (WDAZ-TV) - Some people in Mayville are trying to get the word out about what they believe could be a serious health hazard.

They're asking a local elevator operator to reduce the dust and noise coming from the operation and they've even purchased advertising space in newspapers to spread the word.

The ad is a letter printed in both the Fargo Forum and Grand Forks Herald this week. It's written by Jeff Bachmeier who lives near the Mayport Farmers Co-op Elevator.

In the letter, Bachmeier asks the Mayport Farmers Elevator to be a good neighbor and install equipment that would cut down on the amount of dust and noise coming from the elevator. Living right across the street from the elevator, he knows how bad it can get.

"It's like a snowfall of bees wings. You can stand in your yard and watch the stuff come down and the cars will be layered with it," Bachmeier said.

Bachmeier says he expects there would be some dust from the elevator but believes it has gotten much worse since an expansion was complete six years ago.

"Even after it is done falling, when you mow it kicks it up again and we believe there are particulates in the air that are causing health issues, especially with asthma," Bachmeier said.

Now the Elevator Board wants to expand again and it's seeking a building permit from the city. Mayville Mayor Don Moen has been told that with the expansion will come equipment that reduce dust emissions.

"But there is some concern about that because of dust problems that have occurred in the past and because there was come expectation they would be fixed sooner and they are still with us," Moen said.

President of the elevator's board of directors Richard Moen says they are aware there is a problem, and they will work to fix it, but it may never satisfy everyone.

"They were never promised no dust. In the elevator or ag business, you can't guarantee zero dust. It won't happen," Mayville Co-op President Richard Moen said.

Bachmeier says he would like to see a health study done to see if in fact there are health issues with the dust.

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