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JOA~The MalakO_t~ News,Thursday, May ~;!981" By BOB GUILIANO CROSS ROADS -- The "pow- erlessness" of the people was felt here Tuesday night at a public hearing on the perm/t application for construction of a sour gas plant locally. Over 100 persons attended the hearing at Cross Roads School to hear officials from the Texas Air Control Board and Delhi Gas Pipeline Cor- poration explain the proposed facility and its impact on the area. The air beard has the authority to approve Delhi Corporation's ap- plication to construct a $14 million amine sweeterdng and sulfur plant seven miles southwest of Athens. What the persons in attendance learned was what they had an- ticipated -- the sour gas plant will go in regardless of what they feel. Residents and landowners expressed fear of a potential disaster with hydrogen sulfide gas; alarm about monitoring, warning and evacuation procedures; annoyance about a potential rotten egg odor; and concern about effects on the population and property values. Indications from the air beard of- ficials were that air quality standards would easily be met by the plant which will have the Best Available Control Technology (BACT) and Lowest Achievable Emission Rate (LAER). So, regardless of people's fears and concerns, as long as the plant meets technical criteria, its construction will be approved. "We sympathize with your not wanting the plant here," Jim Brad- dock, air beard attorney in the Austin office,/nformed at the "But our decision is based on technical data. We consider people our main function. "As long as it can be demonstrated that emissions from the facility won't cause a problem, they (Delhi) are entitled to a permit whether the population is 10 or 10,000 people in the area. Our only concern is the effects on air quality, and that they (Delhi) have sufficient land and controls so it won't cause a problem with air pollution." Air beard and Delhi officials beth stressed that all necessary precautions will be taken to avoid an accident. Even if the entire system broke down, the maximum concentration of sulfur dioxide released would be no more than 100 parts per million (ppm) over a 7,400 feet Radius of Exposure (ROE) from the plant site, according to Jack Boley, manager of Delhi's safety and en- vironmental department. Boley added that the inner ROE would be limited to 500 ppm over 3,500 feet. (According to a Railroad Com- mission hydrogen sulfide report, 100 ppm "kills smell in 3 to 15 minutes, may sting eyes and throat;" 500 ppm causes "dizziness; breathing ceases in a few minutes; need prompt artificial respiration.") Delhi will obtain a list of names and phone numbers of residents in that 7,400 feet radius, said Ron Willlamson, assistant general counsel for Delhi. "We'll inventory and visit residents in the 100 ppm radius of exposure area prior to placing the plant on line," Williamson added. "We'll also give them numbers of Delhi era- ~loyees to contact. Our operators will e eq.uipped with air packs and will come m with vehicles to get residents out of contaminated areas." Williamson also said that Delhi in- tends to install hydrogen sulfide monitoring devices. Stuart Keil, air beard permit engineer, Austin office, said that "some kind of civil defense procedure" will be required. From the perspective of prevention, Boley explained the plant's safety system. He said there will be automatic safety valves at points in the pipelines which would shut off should there be a break or gas leak. There are also back- up remote controls to close those valves, as well as an emergency shut- down system. Boley stressed the "fall safe" system which, should failure occur in the pipelines, the valves will fail in the closed positions, he said. "We'll keep the systems up, so we know they'll work," Boley added. Responding to a question at)out whether the shutting of a valve might not stop a gas leak, Boley cited block valves on the main line. "We'll have bleed-off and incinerator capability. We'd bleed the pressure off the line right away. The amount of gas in the pipes would be much less than the ROE limits. We're much closer to the rules on block valves than we have to be." Boley was also asked about monitoring the pipelines with alarms. He said there's "no practical or technical way to do that." The safety manager explained in addition that a Radio Transmission Unit will send information continually to Delhi's Tyler office. "Should something occur, an alarm will sound (in that office) and we'd close the system and get the people out of the area." On the topic of plant location here instead of elsewhere, Andy Hoyle, Delhi process engineer, spoke. Presently, Delhi is gathering sour gas from Navarre and Freestone counties, with an eye for the potential in the four- cotmty area around the proposed plant site. Petitions against the proposed plant are now available at six Athens businesses. SEVENTii AND EIGllTIi GRADE honor students received their awards at the recent Cross Roads Awards Banquet. Pictured above is Tonya Talley, Sharon Chandler and Joey Lamb. (Staff Photo by Ann Rounsavail) According to Nell Hall, who along with Robbi Barns initiated the petitions last week, they are available at Shady Oaks Store (Cayuga Hwy. "at Shady Oaks), Miller and Miller Lumber Com- pany (Fro 753, before Shady Oaks), Valvista Pavillion Nursing Home (Valle Vista), Faye's Store (Dogwood Estates), and Bomer and Milam Real Estate, 711 W. Corsicana. In addition nine other copies of the petition are being circulated by volun- teers. O MORE BLOCKBUSTER MOVIES MORE EXCLUSIVE SPORTS, INCLUDING THE TEXAS RANGERS MORE AND ADULT FILMS ! II II I I III I| I I I III I I IIII( / SHANNON DAVIS and SONJA McGAUGltI, IN of Eustace presented entertainment at the American Association meeting Thursday night. Both girls are students at Eustace Itigh School. Miss Davis is the Ruby Rogers of Malakoff. (Staff photo by Lori Callaway) !! t ii ii] 5 ELEMENTARY AWARI) WINNERS at Cross Roads School included (left to right) Matt llolland, Sharp, Chris Coker, Julie Gideon, Daniel Holmes, Tina Morrison and Scott Stone. Back row is Tim Doolen, John Holland and Siovhan Upchurch. (Staff Photo by Ann Rounsavall) DEWAIN IPOCK CINDY NEWMAN MIKE ECHOI'~ New ofl join ! police f C)lazinon" trademark o{ CIL:IA-~EIGY 734 W. Royall Blvd. Gary Reaves I Subscribe Today $5 per year 9 489-1521 Ralph Reaves Call 489-0531 Three new officers staff of the Malakoff pol Don McCord announced i Mike Eehols has full time patrolman and Cindy Newman have ce as reserve officers. Echols, who joins th~ full time, attended School, Cooke County and S.M.U. He holds liabilities .for police investigation and vestigation, a master servation, rural fire tended the fire control Athens. He has completed cement courses at received his certificate from the State of Texas. years experience in cement field. He has been American included in their placed in the Library to, in the opinion Governing Board, his deavors as a law He and his wife, married for 17 years children, David, ten; Leah 16. Personnel at MISD Following Malakoff School Tuesday night the resignations Matlock, special tary; Deborah C~ therapy; Mike Diane Locke, hi Blackmon, first Murray, Title I Re-employed was Harper who will be the remedial reading at and Mrs. Regina math teacher. The averag~ _ and 18 breaths per minute'