City to decide on chemical emissions request this week

The Institute and many groups in our community have been closely following the American Synthetic Rubber Company emissions issue. The company has been trying for years to meet the emission goals set by the STAR program. ASRC has requested that the Air Pollution Control District change the emission limits related to 1,3 butadiene.

The company has been unable to meet the limits for several years. Their request for a modification in their operating permit has attracted a lot of attention this time.

Metro council members passed a resolution urging the Air Pollution Control District to deny the request. A group of Democrats introduced the non-binding resolution and then the entire council voted to approve the measure.

The Courier-Journal also urged the APCD to say no:

The air board deserves credit for holding community meetings to hear concerns. Now the staff at the air district needs to act for the health of the community. Residents are demanding clean air.

Now decision time has come. On WFPL, Erica Peterson spoke with Rubbertown resident Denise Snorton who uses 8 Glade Plugins to mask the smell from Rubbertown plants.

Nothing can mask the cancer risk that all Rubbertown residents face due to emissions of 1,3 butadiene and other cancer-causing chemicals released by the chemical plants in the neighborhood. The Air Pollution Control District should keep this cancer risk as low as possible and deny ASRC’s request to modify their operating permit.

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