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[NEWS] Indiana Cement Plant Loses Appeal to Burn Hazardous Waste

– by Madeleine Winer, August 18, 2016, Courier Journal

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Essroc Cement Plant (Matt Stone/Courier Journal)

The cement plant in southern Indiana that wants to burn hazardous waste for fuel will have to apply for rezoning.

After a more than three-hour hearing, the Clark County Board of Zoning Appeals decided to uphold a letter written by the president of the plan commission and acting executive director that deemed an earlier decision to allow the Essroc to burn alternative fuel as void.

“I’m disappointed in the decision,” said Jeremy Black, manager at Essroc’s plant in Speed, Indiana, “but I’m confident that we’ve got other means to obtain the required authorization to continue with the project.”

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[NEWS] Cement Plant Challenges Zoning to Burn Hazardous Waste

– by James Bruggers, August 5, 2016, Courier Journal

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Essroc cement plant (Matt Stone/Courier Journal)

The cement plant in southern Indiana that wants to burn hazardous waste for fuel has challenged a Clark County determination that it needs new zoning or a variance.

Essroc argues in a filing with the Clark County Board of Zoning Appeals that county officials were wrong to reverse an earlier determination that no zoning changes were needed.

Local zoning laws don’t allow such a reversal.

The Courier-Journal reported on June 24 that Speed plant’s plans to burn hazardous waste for fuel had been thrown into disarray, with the reversal of a December 2015 zoning determination that had been favorable to the company. County officials have claimed they were misled by the company – that they subsequently learned the company has applied for hazardous waste storage permits from Indiana regulators.

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Indiana Cement Plant Seeking to Burn Hazardous Waste Spurs Zoning Dispute

– by James Bruggers, February 18, 2016, Courier Journal

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Photo: ISHN.com

The southern Indiana cement plant seeking to burn hazardous wastes may have a zoning fight on its hands.

A cement company seeking to burn hazardous waste was told a year ago by a Clark County planning executive that it wouldn’t need a zoning change, according to a letter made public Thursday. But news that county officials had earlier endorsed the waste-burning plan outraged neighbors.

If it gets environmental permits, Essroc Cement will be allowed to burn the waste to fuel a cement kiln without having the plant rezoned as a special hazardous waste disposal district, Michael Taggett, executive director of the Clark County Plan Commission, wrote to the company on Jan. 26, 2015.

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Indiana Residents Concerned About Plans to Burn Paint Thinner and Antifreeze at Cement Facility

– January 22, 2016, WHIO

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Photo: News and Tribune

Residents living near a cement-making plant in a small southern Indiana community are worried the plant’s plans to use a new fuel type could pose a public health and environmental threat.

Essroc Cement Corp. is applying for a state environmental permit to burn liquid waste-derived fuel in one of its cement kilns in the unincorporated Clark County community of Speed. The fuel is repurposed from used products such as antifreeze, the News and Tribune (http://bit.ly/1ne1nLg ) reported.

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Biomass Incinerator a Threat to Children

– by Norma Kreilein, MD, Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics 

[The biomass facility proposed for Jasper, Indiana referred to in this letter was canceled this year thanks to the hard work of Dr. Kreilein and Healthy Dubois County –Ed.]

I am writing as a concerned pediatrician in Southern Indiana. We live in the heart of the power plant belt of the Midwest. For many years I have suspected that our local pollution is greatly responsible for our high rage of inflammatory processes, malignancies, and increasing rates of autism.

I have been trying to fight the addition of a biomass plant to our city. The city has long been an industrial base with many wood factories, so there has apparently been a high VOC load. In addition, we live near many power plants. There was a coal fired municipal power plant within the city limits and very near a residential neighborhod since 1968. The city has said that the plant has been shuttled for approximately the past 3 years because it isn’t “profitable.”

They have been planning a biomass refit for the past 3 years, although the plan became more public only less than a year ago.

Strong opposition was voiced from the time it was publicly mentioned, but the city has pushed the plant through, anyway. Much manipulation of emission data has occurred (averaging emissions out over the whole county to make them appear insignificant), but ironically one of the more interesting arguments is that the plant, though polluting and within 1/2 mile of a residential neighborhood, should nonetheless be built because the plant will decrease our dependence on coal fired plants.

Essentially the argument is to build more so we are not as dependent on the ones we can’t seem to shut down. Many of the arguments against coal-fired plants are used by manipulative entities to justify continuing to poison the population. In our particular city, the greed for development appears to take precedence over the consideration of air quality.

Until the EPA begins to mandate states to use more accurate exposure models (better than averaging concentrated pollution over a county), states like Indiana and cities like Jasper will continue to actually increase pollution.

Biomass combustion is being sold to communities around the country by high pressure, ambiguous, unscrupulous carpetbaggers who promise “jobs” and “green energy” but are vacuuming precious federal funds to produce expensive energy that will never solve our dependence on foreign oil nor make our air any cleaner. Worse yet, they use existing knowledge about coal-fired plants and aggressive manipulative mathemathics to convince communities that the particulate/dioxin emissions will be nonexistent or “minimal.”

The ultimate problem is that the same monitors and regulators that fail to close down coal plants will do no better with biomass. We will just spend more and think we feel better about it.