In late October, IDEM released a draft air permit and stated “Riverview Energy’s coal-to-diesel plant proposed for Dale will not have a significant impact on air quality and overall health in the region.” I don’t know what that assessment is based on. According to the Riverview Energy permit application, the plant will release 184 TONS of nitrogen oxide, 255 TONS of carbon monoxide, 120 TONS of sulfur dioxide, 139 TONS of particulate matter, 2.2 MILLION TONS of carbon dioxide and 32 TONS of hazardous air particles every year.
The carbon dioxide alone, combined with the output from the Rockport power plant, will be over 900 tons of CO2 per Spencer County resident, or more than 50 times the average consumption per US resident.
The plant will also produce significant amounts of deadly Hydrogen Sulfide gas under high temperature and pressure. The EPA has classified Hydrogen Sulfide as an “Extremely Hazardous Substance”. Those toxic releases are NOT “insignificant” and will most definitely have a SIGNIFICANT impact on air quality and overall health.
Maybe in IDEM’s eyes, the Southwestern Indiana region is already so polluted that another super-polluter wouldn’t hurt those citizens in the “Sacrifice Zone”. It’s clear that IDEM and the government of Indiana are both more interested in attracting outside business and promoting the coal industry than in protecting the health and well-being of Hoosier citizens.
The most heinous aspect of this awful facility is that it will be within 1 mile of David Turnham Elementary School and a nursing home. The young and the elderly are those most at risk from air-borne pollutants. Students at the elementary school will be exposed to these additional pollutants every day from age 4 to age 12 (pre-K to 6th grade). These are very important years in the development of children’s bodies. Not only the lungs will be affected. When these microscopic particles get into the bloodstream, they will affect every organ in the body. Just the fact that this plant will be within one mile of these institutions, and inside the Dale town limits, should result in even stricter requirements than if the plant was going to be located in an unpopulated area.
My entire family lives, works and BREATHES in Southern Indiana. It is the most beautiful area in the country and we wouldn’t choose to live anywhere else. We do not want this plant, nor any others like it, to move in and pollute our area further. Our home is within five miles due east of the proposed plant’s location. We will be directly affected by the smell, the air pollution, the water pollution, the soil pollution, and the just-plain-ugliness of this proposed plant. We would have to live with that smell, pollution and ugliness every day of our lives.
All of the towns and citizens downwind of this proposed plant will suffer economically. Ferdinand is directly downwind of the proposed plant’s location. Ferdinand, along with the rest of this region, has been working very hard, and successfully, to grow its tourism appeal. In addition to particulate matter air pollution, this plant will emit sulfur. (They claim they won’t, but they will.) What tourists will want to come to spend time in an area that smells like rotten eggs?
The proposed coal-to-diesel plant is a monstrosity that should not be allowed to destroy our beautiful Southwest Indiana. Nor should it be allowed to destroy our health and welfare, and destroy the value of our homes and businesses.
No matter how “safe” the company claims to be, things always go wrong. Accidents happen. Deaths occur. Evacuations are ordered.
Please attend the Dec 5th IDEM hearing at Heritage Hills High School, 6:30 p.m. EST (5:30 p.m. CST). Voice your opposition. And write to IDEM before Dec 10th to express your opposition. Address your letter to Doug Logan, IDEM, Office of Air Quality, 100 North Senate Ave MC61-53 IGCN 1003, Indianapolis IN 46204-2251 or email to dlogan@idem.IN.gov. You must refer to Permit Number T147-39554-00065 in your letter or email.
See noc2d.com for more information.
Ferdinand Indiana (Spencer County)