Supporters of the project have said any emission of hazardous chemicals would be minute. Kreilein questioned how they could know if the project has never been carried out on the proposed scale.
Mercedes Brugh, a member of CARE, proposed an ordinance to Cass County Commissioners last month that would establish limits on new large incineration plants in the county. The commissioners have yet to decide whether it will be considered for a vote.
“Cass County needs a clean air ordinance,” Kreilein said.
Proponents of the project have said the plant will have to undergo a permitting process through the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, or IDEM, have continuous monitoring and go through periodic testing.
Kreilein said rules that go further than IDEM’s are necessary. Illustrating her point, she referred to a slide depicting a map from IDEM’s website showing its particulate matter and other monitoring sites across Indiana, which are few and far between, especially in the northern part of the state.
A previous article about this event incorrectly stated Logansport Memorial Hospital physicians Kevin O’Brien, Craig Pawlowski and Beverly Ahoni would be participating in the discussion.
During the public comments portion of the event, Logansport City Councilman Bob Bishop, who supports the Pyrolyzer project, questioned if Kreilein would oppose the plant if it had less emissions than coal-fired plants.
“If we cut emissions by 90 percent, do you think it’s a good thing?” he asked.
Kreilein said it would be if it were proven to be true. She admitted that she didn’t know herself whether or not it was true, but that the tactics used during the beginning stages of the project are similar to those that were used in Jasper, which exposed holes she said she discovered in her research were common across the energy industry.
Mitchell Kirk is a staff reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. He can be reached at 574-732-5130 or firstname.lastname@example.org.