Does a years-old, $8.75 million grant for multibillion-dollar Perdue
(a Maryland and Delaware company) remain in current
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf's 2015-2016 budget --
even though Pennsylvania is now $2 billion in debt?
In 2010 the public was told the Perdue grant was for an approved, no-release Perdue facility to help local farmers. That was a lie:
1. The grant was for an area-polluting, explosion-prone, taxpayer-subsidized, industrial soybean-crushing factory. And all these years later, Perdue is still trying to get it approved.
2. The $8.75 grant was announced even before DEP could consider Perdue's application to save money by letting its factory release large quantities of exceptionally dangerous waste hexane gas into Susquehanna Valley's long-polluted air. That includes air breathed by the same local farmers Perdue said it was helping.
3. Even in 2010, the Susquehanna Valley was one of the most polluted areas in the U.S.
4. And even now, if DEP needlessly lets Perdue further pollute the Susquehanna Valley, Perdue agrees to pay a mystery amount of money to "reduce" an unspecified quantity of an unknown pollutant in some undisclosedlocation ELSEWHERE!
5. If all the above is not regulatory insanity, what is? For the sake of profit, Perdue is selling the health and welfare of Pennsylvania families down the Susquehanna River.
6. As recently as December 2014 Perdue publicly announced it was cutting its planned hexane emissions -- a claim not supported by Perdue's own documents on file with the DEP.
Why give $8.75 million -- or a penny -- to any company
that acts like it's entitled to forever release
exceptionally dangerous hexane gas
into another state's air?
The Pa. Department of Environmental Protection
is holding a public hearing
6-8 p.m., March 31, 2015 at the
Bainbridge Fire Hall
34 South 2nd St., Bainbridge,
Lancaster County, Pa.