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July 14, 2013

BISHOP: Calming the fears of residents over power plant

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In my opinion, this power plant should be an environmentalist dream come true. It is my understanding that the new power plant will meet all current state and federal standards related to emissions and reduce our community’s carbon footprint AND, at the same time, produce four times the power. While producing this clean energy, we will be eliminating Logansport’s trash from ever going to another landfill and eliminate the trash tax. We will also eliminate approximately 6,000 tons a day of other communities' Municipal Solid Wastes (MSW) from going to a landfill. What happens to all this MSW? You can go to Pyrolyzer’s website, www.pyrolyzerllc.com, and LMU’s website, www.logansportutilities.com/RFP_Summaries, to find out for yourself the specifics, but I will summarize. The majority of the MSW comes in on sealed train cars. It is dumped on a cement slab inside a building that is closed and has a filtration system to filter the air exiting the building. The MSW is then sorted in an automated sorting machine called a MRF. The MRF sorts out the materials that can't or they don’t want to use in creating a new recycled fuel source. Glass, steel, aluminum, and other recyclable material are sold to go back into new products. The Pyrolyzer system then Pyrolyzes the fuel source in a sealed system, that converts the fuel source to a synthetic gas that is called Pyrogas. Pyrogas is interchangeable with natural gas (NG) in this system. Then, either the Pyrogas or NG is used to fuel the turbines that turn the generators. The only thing that comes out of the plant is electricity, recycled materials that are sold to market, and the emissions from the power plant will have to pass the strict regulations. I have asked a lot of questions along the way and read all of the materials given to us. So far, all of my questions have been answered satisfactorily. I live in Logansport, too, and I will the rest of my life, so this also concerns me on a personal level. I was elected to represent the people, not the government, and I will do so as long as I am in office.In closing I would ask for everyone involved in this process that will determine Logansport’s future, to please stick to the facts and not resort to fear tactics or personal attacks that can cause our citizens of Logansport to lose unnecessarily sleep at night.Bob Bishop is a city councilman representating Ward One. He can be reached via email at BishopForWardOne@comcast.net

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