Letters to the Editor 3/6/2013

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Response to open space fire questionable
Editor:
My house borders open space and someone lit a fire out there Saturday evening. I was concerned because of the way the wind has been blowing and because it is very dry. I also thought others might be concerned.
I wasn’t sure if the land was managed by BLM or NMT so I called campus police and was told that it indeed was NMT land and that they would send someone out. Ten minutes later a campus police officer called and asked where the fire was located. I gave directions and he said they would go take a look.
Ten minutes later a Socorro Police officer called and wanted to know “What’s up, what’s going on?” and apparently knew nothing about the details and then wanted to know, “Did you run them off?” I asked who called him and he said the State Police and then he said “That’s Tech property.” I told him I HAD called the campus police, that I never called anyone else. Nearly an hour later someone called to say they couldn’t find the fire.
If I have to depend on any of these factions I guess I’d better go buy some more water hoses and something to “run them off” with.
Cheri Lerew
Socorro

Recycle battery program new requirements
Editor:
The response to the recently inaugurated small battery recycling has been overwhelming and our community “filled” a second large container to ship to the battery recycler. Our thanks to all concerned citizens to save our new landfill from serious contamination.
However, after additional research on current battery chemistry, apparently the battery industry already made the necessary changes in the majority of the AA, AAA , C,D and 9 Volt batteries so they can be disposed of in your weekly trash.
We discussed the non-recycling of the one-time-use heavy duty and alkaline batteries with the city’s solid waste director, Mike Lucero, and he stated that the new landfill will have a plastic type sealed liner that is covered with two feet of earth to contain any contaminates from entering the water table.
Therefore, we will be collecting and recycling ONLY the non- “heavy duty and alkaline” dry cell batteries. What are these batteries? They are the rechargeable AA, AAA, C, D and 9 volt batteries, usually made with nickel cadmium (ni-cad). Also, all the small “disc type” round batteries used in watches and hearing aids, all lithium, and rechargeable camera, cell phone and laptop computer batteries. All of these are classed as hazardous materials and we will dispose of them via our collection boxes.
Finally, if any folks have old power packs from power tools, we have learned that all major vendors of  this equipment (Lowe’s, Home Depot) are required to return them to the manufacturer for processing, so please drop them off there.
Thank you all for your enthusiastic support for our program. We look forward to your more “edited” response with only the hazardous batteries mentioned.
Bill Bottorf
Socorro Rotary Club
Battery Recycling Program