EPA information and Fear-Mongering
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Dear Listener Audience and other interested parties,
It would seem far easier, rather than to speculate on emissions from a facility that does not yet exist, where only estimations, and in some cases, wild conjecture is employed, as is self evident in some of the assertions made in Mr. Lut'z letter, we should examine results of air quality and the quality of life in and around similar or identical facilities already in production for years.
Have 4,000,000 children per year been poisoned by emissions from, for example, the Byhalia, MS, Rockwool facility? Has even one child been poisoned by emissions from the Byhalia facility? No, of course not.
""The new research", quoted below, indicates an environmental disaster pending by 2100 A D." Really?
It has been asserted countless times - hundreds of times - by the doomsday-anti-business-not-in-my-backyard-horse-and-buggy acolytes since the 1960's, that environmental doom is "just 12 years away!" "It's just around the corner!" "By 2020!" "By 2050!" "By 2100!"
Has anyone noted that not a single one - not ONE - of the prognostications of environmental disaster has come true in the last 50 YEARS?
I don't know about you, but batting 0.00 on predictions of global catastrophe of every shape and kind doesn't make me stand up and take notice of yet another empty prognostication of global catastrophe.
This is just the same old scare tactics that made Al Gore (who, of course, invented the internet) a far more wealthy man than he already was.
And what is this "new research" being cited here? Who commissioned it? Who performed it? Who provided the grant money for it and why?
The ideas that regional pollination will be negatively affected, can contribute to cardio-pulmonary disorders, can reduce outputs of crops, and so forth, as cited in Mr. Lutz's misguided tome, is simply more hyperbole and a reprise of the aforementioned unfounded scare tactics.
Have these affects been demonstrated in and around other similar or identical facilities in operation for years under the same or similar strict environmental laws we have in the U.S. and West Virginia?
The pertinent question here simply is: Have these things already occurred around existing Rockwool facilities that have been in production for years? And if so would not these facilities have already been shut down for all the damage and environmental destruction they have caused?
Mr. Lutz's request for reopening the permitting process, not "hastily pencil whipped", through the bureaucratic process, but the law followed meticulously every step of the way, should be denied. It is without foundation and based on fear, fear-mongering and completely lacks any standing by employing practical examples of the results, both positive or negative, from real world examples of Rockwool facilities already operating in North America for extended periods.
And like all the other prognostication of impending global environmental disasters predicted over the last 5 decades, this one, too, has not now, nor will it ever, come to fruition.
Let's bring business and industry to Jefferson County and the Eastern Panhandle to make our region a place, like much of our surrounding region - a place where we can both live AND work.
Edward C. Compton
Summit Point, West Virginia
On Friday, August 30, 2019, 1:06:53 PM EDT, Daniel Lutz p.lutz007@... [listener] wrote:
This may not be a question for Public Affairs. However, I shall pose it anyway.
The ROCKWOOL PLant being constructed in Ranson, WV. proposes to emit at least 20 pounds (44,000) grams of Lead (Periodic Chart symbol Pb) each year. If my infomation is correct, that is enough lead and/or plumbic salts to poison over 4,000,000 children each year.That is if only learning disabilities are considered.
Because of exposure to the plumbic and other heavy metal salts used in spray compounds in the 1950's and 1960's, I have had one radical nephrectomy and one partial nephrectomy. As you are aware, the US EPA has determined that no level of lead exposure is safe.
The new research indicates an environmental disaster pending by 2100 A D if the emission of Greenhouse gases is not curtailed. This facility will emit more than 150,000 tonnes equivalent of carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide each year. That is enough to melt 100 or more acres of polar ice each year.
The firm refuses to even consider capturing the carbon dioxide before emission to be converted into cyclopropane. This has been done profitably since 2009, and the cyclopropane could be reused by the firm itself or sold. I can share the emails and responses which confirm this.
ROCKWOOL proposes to emit thousands of tonnes of benzine, carbonyls, formaldehyde, and other Volatile Organic Compounds. ROCKWOOL refuses to divulge to me what these compounds, labeled "VOC's," are. I have reviewed your agency's list of several hundred of these compounds. I note about 150, or so, do not exist in nature.
Did ROCKWOOL provide a specific list of Volatile Organic Compounds to the Environmental Protection Agency when their proposal was reviewed? ROCKWOOL is fond of stating how they are well within the "strict" requirements of the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
The proposed emissions of particulate matter of all sizes, less than 2.5 microns to larger than 100 microns will eliminate large numbers of our pollinators, as well as contributing to cardio-pulmonary disorders for persons such as me. The ROCKWOOL plant will be within 2 air miles of one of the better Veterans' Administration Hospitals in the nation.
ROCKWOOL plans to emit thousands of tonnes of Ozone. Being heavier than ambient air, Ozone will settle to the ground where it can disrupt the Krebs cycle in legumes such as soy beans, alfalfa, garden peas, and beans, clovers, etc. This can reduce outputs of these crops by as much as 50%. For a producer working on a margin of 4 cents or less per bushel of the bean and pea crops, that is bankruptcy.
I receive study after study citing the hazards to all life on our "SPACESHIP EARTH" if human activities are not changed and soon. Except for diatribes and insults from less than well meaning people, I have yet to receive one single study showing the beneficial aspects of a firm such as ROCKWOOL. If you can direct me to such studies, please do so..
Is it possible to obtain funding to install, equip, and maintain at least 5 of the SLAMS (State and Local Air Monitoring System) devices that we may have accurate information, admissible in administrative and judicial proceedings, for the the time when ROCKWOOL exceeds the limitations imposed by the "strict" environmental standards?
My final question is this one. Can your office assist us in reopening the permitting process which seems to have been hastily "pencil whipped" through the bureaucratic process? By this, we would be allowed to present the above evidence, and much more to buttress our contention that ROCKWOOL is too dangerous to be allowed to operate in this manner. We are not seeking to bar them from operating. We believe the facility being constructed in Ranson, WV may be a ZERO EMISSIONS facility and operated profitably for the firm and have a minimal impact upon the health and well being of the entire Middle Atlantic Region. ROCKWOOL would have the added benefit of being the "greenest" such operation on earth, worth a fortune in Public Relations.
I am going to distribute this request to our West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, our Commissioner of Agriculture, as well as to colleagues with like interests.
Thank you for replying to me and addressing these issues, I remain
Your obedient servant,
Conservation District Supervisor. Jefferson County, WV
Eastern Panhandle Conservation District
On Tue, Aug 27, 2019 at 4:01 PM Davis, Ginny <Davis.Ginny@...> wrote: