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Pyrolyzer project

August 7, 2013

Cass commissioners mulling new emissions ordinance

Proposed ordinance would set stricter limits than EPA.

(Continued)

Debate continues among those involved in the power plant project and its opponents over the term incineration. Brugh and others have pointed out that the EPA uses the terms combustion and incineration interchangeably and cites pyrolysis as an example in its definition of combustion.

Consultants assisting the city with the project say Pyrolyzer’s form of pyrolysis operates at too low of a temperature in the absence of oxygen to be considered incineration. This claim has also been contested by the project’s opponents, who say that oxygen is in the waste to begin with and shows up in compounds listed in the gas analysis in Pyrolyzer’s proposal.

Bernie Paul, president of Indianapolis-based B Paul Consulting LLC and a consultant assisting the city with acquiring air permits for the plant, said in an email that the Indiana Department of Environmental Management must receive EPA approval before issuing permits for projects like the one in Logansport.

“I can assure you that there will be multiple pollutants that will be measured on a continuous basis and others that will be tested periodically,” he wrote. “This system will be a highly regulated facility with many different means of checking performance.”

If the county adopts regulations of its own, as long as they are stricter than ones already put in place on the state and federal levels, it could force the plant to adhere to an entirely new set of rules.

In an interview, Mayor Franklin called Brugh’s proposal “another attempt to stop the power plant.”

Along with helping to organize the panel in June, Brugh has spoken out against the project at public meetings in the past as well. Her husband, Jim Brugh, is representing Logansport citizen Julie Kitchell in a lawsuit against the city alleging that legislation authorizing it to negotiate with Pyrolyzer is invalid. The case is scheduled to be heard before the Indiana Supreme Court next month.

Franklin also said he hopes the commissioners will consider whether businesses in the county currently adhere to the standards outlined in Brugh’s proposal.

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