Atwood facility in Indiana closed

July 7, 2010 |

In Indiana, the State Department of Environmental Management and Nature’s Fuel signed an agreement to close its Atwood Facility by Jan 31, 2011.  The settlement calls for the plant to cease production from noon Friday to 7am Monday and federal holidays, pay fines of $6,900 to the state and plant trees along Atwood’s railroad track.  The company must also log all violations reported by residents.  In reaction to the agreement, Phil Bryer stated “It’s taken too long to come up to this. They [IDEM]should have been in here fighting for us a long time ago.”  Kim Ferraro, an attorney working pro bono with some Atwood residents commented, “Indiana law allows for nuisance suits for companies that have this sort of an impact on a community and certainly that’s in their legal rights toolbox, something that could be brought, but it’s better if the state and local officials actually enforce the laws that they’re charged with enforcing,”

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