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Shell Cracker Plant Gets Air Quality Permit

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Royal Dutch Shell’s proposed $4 billion ethane cracker plant along the Ohio River in Monaca, Pa., has received an air emissions permit from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (CLICK HERE).

The project, operating as Shell Chemical Appalachia LLC, has also received its stormwater discharge permit and a water obstruction and encroachment permit.

Under the air quality permit, Shell is permitted to emit about 2.25 million tons per year of carbon dioxide, the plant’s primary pollutant. The air permit was approved June 18 with an expiration date four years hence, June 18, 2019.

Shell has said that it could not make a final determination on whether to build the plant until it has completed the environmental permitting process.

Last week Shell closed on its $13.5 million purchase of the former zinc smelting plant property it selected for the plant (READ STORY). Company officials said at the time there was no deadline for a final investment decision.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.