- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 5, 2015

MONACA, Pa. (AP) - Two environmental groups have appealed an air permit granted to Shell Chemical for a proposed petrochemical plant in western Pennsylvania.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports (https://bit.ly/1IMNSd4 ) the Clean Air Council in Philadelphia and Washington-based Environmental Integrity Project filed their complaint with the Environmental Hearing Board this week.

The groups say the permit doesn’t require enough protections to prevent further air pollution in an area where some pollutants exceed federal levels.

The state Department of Environmental Protection issued four permits to Shell in June that would allow the company to proceed with preparation work at a former zinc plant in Potter Township, Beaver County. The plant would convert ethane from shale gas wells into material used to make plastics.

DEP spokesman Neil Shader says the department doesn’t comment on pending appeals.


Information from: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, https://pghtrib.com

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