- Associated Press - Thursday, December 15, 2016

MONACA, Pa. (AP) - Township supervisors in western Pennsylvania want more information before they grant conditional use permits for an ethane cracker plant proposed by Shell Chemicals.

A hearing that began Tuesday afternoon and continued Wednesday evening ended with the Potter Township supervisors asking Shell and the Clean Air Council, an environmental group that opposes the plant, to filed legal arguments by Jan. 6.

Shell faces more hearings Thursday about two environmental permits the company wants the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to modify.

Shell wants to discharge storm and wastewater into the Ohio River and a tributary under a permit issued to Horsehead Inc., which operated a zinc smelter on the site before closing it and selling the land to Shell. The DEP hearing also concerns an air pollution permit for the facility.

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