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
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.
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.
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