Thank you to all who attended the Indiana Department of Environmental Management’s public hearing regarding the agency’s proposed air permit for Riverview Energy’s innovative direct coal-hydrogenation project in Dale, Ind.
After nearly a year of informal community sessions conducted by a small group of well-meaning, but misinformed opponents, the hearing was a productive step in getting concerns and comments out into the open from a broad cross-section of citizens – and we appreciate that forum.
It was a forum conducted by independent experts charged with ensuring any new industry operating in the region is operating in compliance with federal and state air-quality regulations and limits. IDEM received our application for permit in January 2018 and has invested almost a year scrutinizing that application. That is certainly nothing short of dedicated due diligence.
In its analysis to issue the draft permit, IDEM experts used state-of-the-art modeling practices and technology. That modeling was performed with all other regional sources included and determined the plant will not have a negative impact on regional air quality. Given IDEM’s bailiwick in this area and its application to many other industrial projects across the state over decades – we are compelled to trust their findings. Yet even with the allowable parameters cited in the permit, Riverview Energy’s plant will operate well below these allowable limits.
While we are confident the data is on our side of the public debate, we also know that fear has been unnecessarily stirred up among some community members. And while that is unfortunate, we are undeterred because we know our project will contribute to a balance of economic growth and responsible environmental stewardship.
As I told an Indianapolis reporter recently, that is not only possible – it is truly achievable. We plan to achieve that mission while creating jobs, leveraging Indiana’s rich coal resources via an environmentally clean innovation, and developing a product that will help to improve air quality across the globe.
Riverview Energy is a win-win for Indiana, and it’s a big win for Dale, Spencer County and the immediate region. And we plan to work diligently to inspire the community’s confidence as we move forward in bringing this valuable innovation to the Hoosier state and the nation.
President, Riverview Energy