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Our look at the

Shell Cracker Plant

Potter Township, Beaver County, Pa.

In June 2016, Shell announced plans to proceed with construction of an ethane cracker plant in Beaver County, Pennsylvania along the Ohio River to make plastic feedstock for other industries.

Controversy surrounds their intended use of a 'grandfathered' Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection NPDES permit from the former Horsehead Plant which was formerly located on the same site.

Shell also hopes to 'swap' some emission reduction credits (ERC) related to NOx and VOC's. The facility is located in an area of 'nonattainment' due to existing air quality problems with ozone and particulate pollution.

Projected hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) from the new site includes 600 lbs. of Toluene, 600 lbs. of Butadiene, 600 lbs. of Naphthalene, 2,000 lbs. of Benzene, 2,800 lbs. of Formaldehyde, 53,800 lbs. of Hexane and 1,200 lbs. of unspecified air pollutants per year.

What are HAPs?

Hazardous air pollutants are pollutants known to cause or are suspected of causing cancer or other serious human health effects or ecosystem damage.

 

VIDEOS
ABOUT THE SHELL CRACKER PLANT

 
December 14, 2016 - Pa DEP Public Hearing
 
December 16, 2015 - Aerial view of site work
 
December 14, 2015 - Beaver County Planning Commission
 
November 18, 2015 - Ethane Crackers & Associated Health Impacts
 
May 5, 2015 - Pa DEP Environmental Hearing
 
August 15, 2012 Presentations:

Presentation 1

Presentation 2

Presentation 3

 

 
 
 

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