Emissions from the Louisiana Pacific oriented strandboard plant on U.S. 441 in Center are responsible for every illness from sinus infections to cancer to breeding problems in cattle, according to participants in a public hearing last week.
Those who chose to speak on the record asked, encouraged and begged the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) to decline LP's request to quadruple the emissions of formaldehyde. They also expressed suspicions - denied by the company - that LP seeks the permit change to ramp up production.
And in spite of repeated assertions by James Capp, manager of the EPD's Stationary Source Permitting Program, that the EPD would consider all of the comments made in the Nicholson Civic Center on a rainy Wednesday night, the consensus appeared to be that granting the permit "is a done deal," as more than one participant suggested.
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