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Proposed zinc plant receives draft air quality permit

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management has issued a draft operating permit for the facility.

Posted: Nov 18, 2020 5:19 PM
Updated: Nov 18, 2020 5:21 PM

CASS COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - A proposed zinc recycling plant in Cass County is one step closer to being built.

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management has issued a draft operating permit for the facility.

The permit will allow for a 30-day period for public comment.

If approved, the permit would allow Waelz Sustainable Products to finish construction and fully operate a new zinc recycling facility.

It would be located just west of Logansport, in the Cass County AgriBusiness Park.

WSP has already started construction of the buildings and foundations under the Clean Air Act.

The new permits are required to install any production and processing equipment.

Before receiving any sort of approval, the Indiana Department of Environmental Management will hold a virtual meeting. It will be held on December 17th from 5:30 to 9:30 pm.

Public comment will be allowed during the meeting.

Due to the virtual meeting, IDEM's Office of Air Quality has extended the comment period until December 21st.

Plant Manager Mike Englert said the permit's approval is important to the plant's future operations.

"The permit gives us the guidelines on how we will operate, how we will make sure we comply with local, state and federal air quality standards. That is the first and foremost for me," said Englert. "It will tell everyone in the state, the county and the city of Logansport how we will operate our facility. It contains all the safeguards, the monitoring points for different pieces of equipment."

News 18 also reached out to the Cass County Citizens Coalition, a group against the zinc plant, about the permit.

They plan to review the permit with the Coalition's experts and prepare comments for the meeting.

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