“The only concerns they brought up are ones I already have answers for,” he said. “They didn’t come up with anything new to me that brought up any new concerns.”
About 20 protesters demonstrated outside McHale before the event began, several of whom said they felt Logansport Municipal Utilities jobs will be lost if the Pyrolyzer plant doesn’t come to fruition.
Joe Phelps, assistant director of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 62, which represents employees at the LMU generator plant, was among the protesters.
“[The employees] will lose their jobs if this doesn’t go through,” Phelps said of the Pyrolyzer proposal. “Our options are limited. Pyrolyzer’s $650 million to partner with Logansport is unheard of.”
Inside the building, audience members asked the panelists how to go about putting an end to the project.
During the question-and-answer session, one attendee asked how can the project be stopped.
“You can protect your town,” Angel said. “What you’re experiencing here, has for better or worse, happened in other communities all over the country.”
Marcus agreed, adding that CARE may be the way to do just that. At the event’s entrance, several pages of a notebook were filled with contact information of attendees requesting further information from the group.
Mitchell Kirk is a staff reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. He can be reached at 574-732-5130 or firstname.lastname@example.org.