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September 23, 2013

Doctor to discuss new power plant

Doctor will discuss incineration and proposed emissions ordinance on Tuesday.

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LOGANSPORT —

Brugh said in an interview she didn’t feel the EPA’s regulations were adequate enough.

”Ask anyone who lives on Race Street if they’re happy with the rules for the coal-fired plant,” she said, referring to the neighborhood near Logansport Municipal Utilities’ generating plant. “They have to contend with particulate matter, that’s obvious, but the rules are not adequate. What we’re proposing with this ordinance is a very modest baby step.”

Dr. Norma Kreilein of Daviess Community Hospital in Washington, Ind., will address the crowd at the event.

”It’s not sponsored by the hospital in any way,” Brugh said. “The doctors agreed to invite [Kreilein], it doesn’t necessarily mean they agree with her. It means they’re in for a good, scientific discussion.”

Kreilein has been involved in the opposition movement of a project aiming to convert a coal-fired generating plant in Jasper to one fueled by biomass. And while the technology proposed for this project is different from the kind being proposed for the Pyrolyzer plant in Logansport, she said her research into the matter has led to flaws “pervasive across the industry.”

She added her experience in Jasper would aid her in the discussion at the hospital Tuesday.

“This was basically an unbelievably divisive and damaging event in our community,” she said. “My hope is that that does not happen in Logansport because you can and should learn from other mistakes. The science that is used is vague, it’s not anything you can put your finger on and be in the same place when you come back to it. Physicians are excellent people to look into that because we’re used to handling very complicated problems that are essentially like knots that have to be untied.”

If you go: • WHAT: "Incineration; A Pediatrician's Perspective" discussion • WHEN: 6 p.m. Tuesday • WHERE: Logansport Memorial Hospital, 1101 Michigan Ave., Conference Rooms D and E • COST: Free

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