We believe it’s one of just a couple of coal plants of any kind being proposed now in the U.S. that has a good chance of being built.
Earthjustice and other organizations have just called on Indiana to reject the Spencer County plant and have submitted a letter/official comment that explains, “‘The ‘Riverview’ development would be a massive industrial complex, spewing toxic chemicals on neighbors and a nearby elementary school in a county that is already in the worst one percent of counties in the nation for toxic pollution.” Here is a link to the full comments: https://earthjustice.org/
The organizations that joined Earthjustice in the letter opposing the coal hydrogenation plant include Southwestern Indiana Citizens for Quality of Life, Valley Watch, Sierra Club and Citizens Action Coalition. Others have also spoken out against it, including a pediatrician worried about health impacts, a local high school student and even a 10-year-old.
A few more excerpts from the letter to IDEM:
“This refinery for coal would be dumped on Dale by a Connecticut hedge fund and a Texas construction behemoth, using a technology that has never been used in the United States. If built, the refinery would emit massive amounts of hazardous air pollution every year. Dale residents would bear the brunt of the environmental consequences from this pollution and serve as guinea pigs—all to benefit out-of-state interests. “
“Beyond its hazardous air pollution, the Refinery also would exacerbate climate change in our rapidly warming planet. While the world desperately needs a clean energy future, Riverview’s proposal is stuck in the past. Constructing a refinery that could ‘crack’ over two million tons of coal and emit over two million tons of greenhouse gases every year is a plan for a bygone era, and one that does not make sense today.”
“As proposed, the Refinery would use VEBA Combi Cracking technology, which is not used by any other facility in the United States. Through this technology, the Refinery would pollute the surrounding community with hazardous air pollutants, volatile organic compounds, particulate matter, and many other pollutants.”
“By basing its conclusions in incomplete and potentially inaccurate emissions information, IDEM cannot ensure that the Refinery will not cause Spencer County to fall out of attainment or cause serious harm to the public.
IDEM, therefore, has failed to satisfy its obligations under state and federal law and must withdraw the permit so that it can address these fundamental errors in its emissions projection.”
On behalf of Earthjustice