Call to Action

Before they're allowed to pollute our air, WSP must get a permit from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM). WSP has applied for, and IDEM has written, a “draft permit.” We can respond in two important ways: 

1. Send IDEM targeted emails.  The sample emails below will help you compose your own emails.  We have to get these emails to IDEM by Monday, December 21.

2. Attend the public hearing on Thursday, December 17! Information on the hearing is
lower on this page.

If you want to drill down to the details, a letter written to YOU--about what IDEM can and cannot do--is here. You can find IDEM’s 273-page draft permit, and their cover letter on how to participate in their process, here.

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Good Emails To Send

Send each of your emails to: dleverin@idem.IN.gov

Here are sample letters that you might use to compose your own email to IDEM about enforcement.  It is best--but not necessary--to use your own words. 

Always include your address and the permit number.

Real Enforcement

IDEM inspections and consequences

IDEM may inspect a facility only once per year, or even less. Often, facilities know when an inspection is scheduled.  Some facilities who have been found in violation just pay a fine and go on operating, like the fine is simply a cost of doing business.

It is good for us to point out that we all clean house before an important guest visits, and that this does not show how things really are.

Dear Ms. Levering,

Re. permit #T017-42728-00056

I am interested in this because XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

If IDEM approves WSP’s Draft Permit, inspections should be frequent and unannounced.  

If WSP is in violation, how much time will IDEM allow WSP to fix the situation?  What is the penalty for not complying?  Penalties must be large enough—from a rich company’s point of view—to make compliance swift.

Sincerely

Your name XXXXXX

Your address XXXXXXXXX

WSP says they're Minor

Our most important argument

The most important argument that we have against WSP’s permit application is that WSP is trying to convince IDEM to put them in the wrong classification, so that they can get out of stricter pollution controls.

WSP is a Secondary Metal Production Plant because WSP will make metal products (zinc oxide and iron product) from a metal waste product (EAF dust).

Secondary Metal Production Plants are Major Sources.  We want WSP’s classification to be right, because then WSP will have stricter pollution controls.

Our experts will be arguing this technical point, but emails from the membership let IDEM know that we are watching.

Dear Ms. Levering,

Re. permit #T017-42728-00056

I am interested in this because XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

WSP is a Secondary Metal Processing Plant because it converts Electric Arc Furnace Dust into Zinc Oxide and Iron Product.  Secondary Metal Processing Plants are Major Sources, and that means that WSP should have to obey all the rules for a Major Source. 

Sincerely

Your name XXXXXX

Your address XXXXXXXXX

Lead and Mercury

Monitoring data should be public

The first pollutants we learned about WSP were lead and mercury.  WSP will have a limit on how much they can emit, but how do we know WSP is consistently obeying the rules?  Wouldn’t it be a good thing if we could see the monitoring results?  

Dear Ms. Levering,

Re. permit #T017-42728-00056

I am interested in this because XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Citizens are very concerned about lead and mercury coming from the WSOP plant.  We understand that IDEM will limit and moniutor how much lead and mercury are being emitted.

How often will IDEM check on WSP’s emissions for lead and mercury?  Will IDEM publish their findings online?

Can the “real time” lead and mercury monitoring data be put on a website?

Sincerely

Your name XXXXXX

Your address XXXXXXXXX

Dioxin and furan

What is the plan to control emissions?

Dioxin and furan are extremely toxic to humans. The Waelz process is known to produce these poisons. European Waelz facilities have greatly reduced their dioxin/furan, but Waelz facilities in the US are not required to control them.

WSP will be required to test for dioxin and furan, and this is a good first step. However there does not seem to be any plan if these toxins are found to be coming out of the Cass County plant.

One of CCCC’s experts is commenting extensively on dioxin and furan.  Your email will show IDEM that this issue is important to us.

Dear Ms. Levering,

Re. permit #T017-42728-00056

I am interested in this because XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Citizens are very concerned about dioxin and furan coming from the WSP plant. 

How often will IDEM check on WSP’s dioxin and furan emissions, and how was that schedule decided?  What is the plan if dioxin or furan is coming out of the plant?  How will the community know whether these poisons are being released?



Sincerely

Your name XXXXXX

Your address XXXXXXXXX

Poison in poison out

WSP now a hazardous waste facility?

IDEM’s Draft Permit actually gives WSP to pollute more than their application requested!

Most of WSP’s feedstock (the materials WSP brings into Cass County to process) was supposed to be EAF dust, but WSP’s application requested that 10% of their feedstock could be anything. (You read that right: anything.)

But IDEM’s Draft Permit makes it even worse--by allowing unlimited “supplemental” feedstock, which can include solvents, plastic, sludge, and biowaste. Remember that one of WSP’s parent companies is Heritage, which makes money by disposing of such wastes.  

One of our experts will be commenting on this in detail. You can show IDEM that we are watching by sending an email.

Dear Ms. Levering,

Re. permit #T017-42728-00056

I am interested in this because XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

We see that IDEM may allow WSP to use feedstock that is not Electric Arc Furnace Dust.

Feedstock that is 90% EAFD is bad enough.  WSP’s permit application asked that 10% of their feed could be “anything”, and we object to that.

Finally, IDEM’s change to “supplemental feed” opens the door wide to a completely new kind of facility, disposing of other kinds of hazardous wastes in addition to EAFD. We object to IDEM allowing this Secondary Metals Processing Facility becoming a hazardous waste disposal facility, burning
any carbon including solvents, plastics, sludge, and biowaste.


Sincerely

Your name XXXXXX

Your address XXXXXXXXX

Attend the public hearing

INDOT has granted us a public hearing.  The hearing will be conducted over the internet, via Zoom.  Our experts will testify, or submit written comments, on technical issues that IDEM can address.  It is important that CCCC members attend to show IDEM how important this is to us.  You may also wish to testify.  

The virtual public hearing via Zoom will be:
Thursday, December 17, 2020 from 5:30 P.M. to 9:30 P.M., Eastern Time at the following internet address:
https://on.in.gov/wsp

You many also participate in the hearing by phone using either of the following telephone numbers:
(301) 715-8592 or (312) 626-6799
Meeting ID: 971 9384 8947
Passcode: 799062

For information on participating by phone, about testifying at the hearing, or about receiving ADA accommodations, see the two-page cover letter at the beginning of the draft permit
here.

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