Posted by: James Maloy | March 3, 2010

The dirty truth on ADAGE pollution estimate claims

Adage is comparing its source pollution to Gadsden County overall pollution to claim its impact is only 2%; and they compare its added truck traffic to overall existing Gadsden County traffic to claim the traffic impact is small, too. Let’s compare apples to apples! How much source pollution is here – how much would they add? How much mobile pollution is here – how much would they add? How many trucks come through daily – how many would they add?

The truth: Adage will increase total source pollution by an average of 65% and truck traffic with mobile pollution (largely diesel exhaust) by 20-50% (NOT 2%). See below!

Adage claim: Gadsden County has 54,000 tpy of air pollution. The new plant would add only 904 tpy pollution, or a 2% increase. Adage is comparing its SOURCE pollution to Gadsden County TOTAL (ambient + mobile + source) pollution. Adage is failing to mention its added mobile pollution (300 diesel truck trips) to its estimate.

Here are the real comparisons:

POLLUTION COMPARISONS

TOTAL EXISTING SOURCE POLLUTION PLUS ADAGE…total effect
(Left source: EPA; right: Adage email)

Carbon Monoxide – 527 tpy total          Adage 248 (48% increase)
COASTAL LUMBER CO 430
FLORIDA GAS TRANSMISSION COMPANY 91
MACTAVISH FURNITURE INDUSTRIES 6

Nox – 573 tpy total Adage 241 (44% increase)
FLORIDA GAS TRANSMISSION COMPANY 416
FLORIDA DEPT. OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES 50
COASTAL LUMBER CO 40
ENGELHARD CORPORATION 17

PM 2.5 – 107 tpy total Adage 98 (92% increase)
COASTAL LUMBER CO 97
ENGELHARD CORPORATION 5
MACTAVISH FURNITURE INDUSTRIES 3
FLORIDA DEPT. OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES 2

PM 10 – 171 tpy total Adage 106 (62% increase)
COASTAL LUMBER CO 153
ENGELHARD CORPORATION 8
FLORIDA DEPT. OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES 6
MACTAVISH FURNITURE INDUSTRIES 4

Sulfur Dioxide – 149 total Adage 150 (100% increase)
FLORIDA DEPT. OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES 132
C. W. ROBERTS CONTRACTING INC. 13
COASTAL LUMBER CO 3
FLORIDA GAS TRANSMISSION COMPANY 1

VOC – 158 total Adage 58 (37% increase)
MACTAVISH FURNITURE INDUSTRIES 51
COASTAL LUMBER CO 50
FLORIDA GAS TRANSMISSION COMPANY 29
THE PRINTING HOUSE 28

MOBILE POLLUTION

Adage claim: it adds only 150 trucks/day to 90, which has 10,000 vehicles/day. The comparison should be current TRUCK traffic to Adage’s increased TRUCK traffic:

DAILY TRUCK TRAFFIC (source: FL DOT 2008 RECORDS)

I-10 to Rte 90 on Rte. 12: 577
90 West of Quincy: 619
90 Downtown Quincy:1550
Attapulgus Hwy Quincy to S. GA: 226

The traffic stations count passing vehicles, or 150 trucks in and 150 trucks out = 300 trips.

Adage will increase truck traffic 20-50%, diesel Is the most hazardous air pollution.

Of total Gadsden County air pollution per year, 80% is from mobile sources, so how many tpy will Adage trucks add? Estimate 35% X 54,000 = 18,900 TPY added!

THE TRUE TOTAL POLLUTION INCREASE DUE TO THE ADAGE BIOMESS PLANT (SOURCE) AND ITS TRUCKS (MOBILE) WOULD BE Source: 65% and Mobile: 20-50% (NOT 2%!)

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Responses

  1. I truly think we need to all we can to keep this from coming to Gadsden ,County

  2. The medical community is increasingly alarmed by the public health impacts of biomass incinerators used for power generation or waste disposal. Distinguished professional Medical Associations across the state and throughout the country oppose them on the well documented grounds that they present a real and “unacceptable risk to public health.”. These are not voices of vain glorious radicalism as Adage LLC and its lackeys may have us believe but voices of distinct practice, research, public service and reason, trusted by each of us. We frequently depend on their guidance for our very happiness, our well being, productive lives and even for choices at our death. The well orchestrated attempts everyone witnessed during the recent choreographed forum of this foreign incineration company, with its paid “security” agents directed to silence the democratic dissent of attendees and notably, the outspoken health professionals, exposes yet further for me the values of this company as it attempts to steamroll and bully its way into our communities and family lives. The “security” it demonstrates exclusively seems interested in assuring intoxicated local officials and protecting the profits expected for its purse. But it’s hard times in the country and folks see quickly through that, especially black folks, that silent majority at greatest risk. Remember the tobacco industry’s lies, its government agency subsidized supporters and its well-financed propaganda. The voices of the medical professionals were muted then too. But they were dead on! The biomass incineration industry is uncannily no different. Will we learn after-the-fact of the deceptions, misinformation and failed promises of the upstart incineration industries? Whose choice is it to be unwillingly affected by biomass incineration technologies that are as proved dirty and toxic as all incineration plants and increasingly demanding on the environment? Which civic leader or county representative asked your opinion of how sustainable development should be approached for your communities before welcoming in a foreign industry noted for its cavalier pursuit of private gain at superior public liability? The economic and environmental risks of industrial incineration are huge. We indeed need right livelihood and good healthy sustainable jobs for our families, but our history of successful farming, ranching and as a strong agrarian community is inconsistent with the proposals to mechanize further our landscapes and with those traumatic promises of over-consuming and polluting heavy industries! An industrial incinerator now, a massive inland rail yard handling center later, the attraction of other dirty businesses and questionable industries dependent on cheap fossil fuels and of course, tax abatement and other public subsidies from our struggling county….Is that what you have in mind for your county’s future? Thanks but no thanks, not for my county.


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