However, concerns remain among officials and community members about what kind of emissions the plant will have, guarantees on what electric rates will be and the lack of precedence in all of the proposed plant’s technologies working together as a whole.
Ellspermann said while she doesn’t have a deep enough knowledge of the project, she praises the the proponents’ efforts as far as finding a way to adapt to the future EPA mandates.
“I’m not pleased at all with the EPA’s approach to making it difficult to use coal, but I think that having communities look at what is in their best interest and how they can be energy independent going forward is something Logansport is showing leadership on,” she said.
Cass County Councilman Grover Bishop said one concern he raised at the meeting was how the county could quicken its efforts to acquire replacement vehicles for Cass Area Transit.
In the past, the county was able to receive an exemption to a rule requiring the purchase of American-made vehicles, he said, because the public transportation service was already having frames for new vehicles prepared in Canada. The exemption has ultimately hampered efforts to update the fleet.
“Over time, it’s taken three years off from our vehicle replacement,” he said, adding that all of Cass Area Transit’s vehicles have mileages of more than 100,000.
Bishop said Ellspermann was receptive to the concerns brought to her.
“It was nice to see somebody up there acting like they cared,” he said. “I really think the visit was well received and I think she came in with a really positive attitude as well. It will remain to be seen how much it’s going to benefit and what is possible.”
Ellspermann began the “Listen and Learn” tour in May, according to a release from her office, when she set out to visit each of Indiana’s 92 counties to learn their strengths, challenges and priorities.
Mitchell Kirk is a staff reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. He can be reached at 574-732-5130 or email@example.com.