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Time to take stand


Milltown, Ind.

The Liberty Green Renewables LLC permit application states they plan to grow switchgrass as a fuel crop. Switchgrass has been found in studies by the USDA and several universities to be toxic to horses, goats and sheep! It is also invasive and can spread to other fields. For those who love their animals, this is too much of a risk!

Each day, 173,000 gallons, and 62 million gallons annually, of chemical-laden wastewater is to be distributed through perforated pipes buried 12 to 18 inches below the ground surface — in a karst landscape with caves, sinkholes, near wells and springs and a half-mile from Blue River! What will happen in frigid temperatures (remember 1977-78)? Or Milltown's several well-documented flood events with seven to 10 inches of rain within a short time period? Where will the wastewater go when the ground is saturated? So, why would LGR request the Indiana Department of Environmental Management to wave the requirement of a storage facility for the wastewater?

The LGR permit application now includes, besides the sodium hypochlorite, or bleach, 3D Trasar(R) 3DT184, phosphoric acid also 3DT Trasar(R) 3DT193, sulfuric acid and sulfuric acid 51/100. Is this good to drink? Is this good for aquatic life, and are we sure that's all?

IDEM stated they do not do site inspection and will come back in five years!

According to the permit application, it showed no tests were done to ensure wastewater or the huge wood piles or storage ponds would not leach into the wells, springs or river! Why no EPA studies? And how do you cap off sinkholes?

Biomass health hazards have been identified by doctors and scientists.

The deadline for writing IDEM stating your concerns and asking for a public hearing is Oct. 2, 2009.

Please put "#IN LA 000777 Liberty Green Renewables Crawford County, Indiana" on the letterhead.

The address for IDEM is: Indiana Department of Environmental Management, Office of Land Quality, Permits Branch — Solid Waste Permits Section, 100 N. Senate Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46204.

Now is the time for all citizens everywhere to take a stand!

Cara Beth Jones
September 16, 2009


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