THE HUNTER REPORT
Tate & Lyle plant, Blairbend Industrial Park Loudon
Tate & Lyle's Notice of Violation
By: Pat Hunter
At Wednesday’s Loudon County Air Quality Task Force meeting, an update was given by local industry. Task force member, Tate & Lyle Ingredients Americas (A. E. Staley Manuf) new General Manager Gerry Schlueter informed the community that the plant is on a scheduled shut down for the month of November. The plant is not totally down but a large portion of our process is down. “We’re not grinding any corn” and we won’t be through the month of November. Tate & Lyle will do some major work and process modifications, Schluelter reported.
Schlueter also spoke about Tate and Lyle’s Notice of Violation, which was issued on October 7th for the reporting of prior year’s reporting. Industries self report to state and federal regulatory agencies.
Tate & Lyle had “12 hour excursion of SO2 off of number 1 boiler.” It was a 1.3 and our permit is a 1.2; it's public knowledge.
We basically had poor quality coal, he commented.
I think we did all the things could have done other than shut down. “We probably should have shut down.”
Task Force chairman Mike Crosby asked about Tate & Lyle’s finalized Title V testing. Tate & Lyle found some damage on the number 2 RTO on the bake outs so part of the issues with the testing may have been resolved. Tate & Lyle has done some internal testing and sent out samples and they are waiting for results. TDEC will have to come back and Tate & Lyle will have to retest their smokestacks. It can’t be scheduled now, the manager commented.
“We probably should have shut down” but they didn't!
Who's watching out for the children and residents?
The Tate & Lyle plant spewed out harmful sulfur dioxide emissions and nothing was done!
Within a 3 mile radius, an estimated 7,313 people live near this plant. Of that population, an estimated 2,000 are children and youth under the age of 18 years and 1,302 are senior citizens.
HEALTH EFFECTS OF SO2
"Short-term Peak Levels
High levels of SO2emitted over a short period, such as a day, can be particularly problematic for people with asthma. EPA encourages communities to learn about the types of industries in their communities and to work with local industrial facilities to address pollution control equipment failures or process upsets that could result in peak levels of SO2.
contributes to respiratory illness, particularly in children and the elderly,
and aggravates existing heart and lung diseases.
SO2 can be transported
over long distances.
SO2 and the pollutants formed from SO2, such as sulfate particles, can be transported over long distances and deposited far from the point of origin. This means that problems with SO2 are not confined to areas where it is emitted."
EPA Sulfur Dioxide Chief Causes for Concern