Proposed Cracker Plant Must Likely Meet Environmental Requirements

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A proposed ethane cracker plant in Wood County likely would have to meet state greenhouse gas emission requirements.

A 2011 regulation requires state regulators to determine whether major industrial facilities would use the best available technology to reduce greenhouse emissions when reviewing air pollution permits.

Department of Environmental Protection air quality officials met with Odebrecht representatives last week to begin discussing the project.

The Brazilian petrochemical giant is exploring the possibility of building several facilities in Wood County, including a cracker plant.

DEP air quality engineer Joe Kessler says it's difficult to say what the agency might require of a cracker plant.

Odebrecht spokesman Chuck Glazer says the company will use best practices. He says protecting land, air and water quality is a priority.

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