An old saying goes that it's best to confront fears to conquer them. That's never been more true than in the case of the Umatilla Chemical Incinerator.

Officials are offering public tours of the incinerator and the final one is set for August. All it takes is a look at the safety systems and redundancy to feel a lot better about the entire process.

It was obvious when the first concrete walls were poured that this structure was built for safety. Reinforcement the likes of which are not witnessed in normal construction was used to withstand possible accidents at the incinerator.

It's easy to be scared of something we don't understand, but after seeing and learning about the incinerator, a lot of people's fears will be put to rest. Make sure you have an opportunity to tour the incinerator before burning begins. It's time well spent.

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