WHY WE OPPOSE THE
DICKSON FUEL TERMINAL
The purpose of our group is to oppose the proposed 17 million gallon blending & loading facility at the southwest corner of I-40 & I 840. Through out will be over 400 million gallons of gasoline and diesel per year. It will affect not only the immediate area but also most of Dickson County.
DANGERS OF THE
PROPOSED FUEL TERMINAL
Protecting our air, water and communities
The Fuel Terminal site will sit on a hill that is part of the watershed for many counties. Nails Creek is only 600 yards away. It feeds Turnbull Creek (where Dickson & Cheatham counties get part of their water), which feeds the Harpeth River, which feeds the Cumberland River. So many counties could be affected by a major spill, fire fighting foam, or long term seepage.
In their application to TDEC, Titan Partners said they will be emitting 32,000 pounds of toxins into the air every year.
Prevailing winds blow toward the Burns Middle and Burns Elementary Schools. Imagine your child breathing these toxins (no matter how little at a time) for 8 years while attending these schools.
How long will it take to find out your child was affected? How much pollution do 100 trucks per day - traveling in each direction - emit into the air? Let's not find out.
The most effective route for many school buses is across Two Mile Road in Burns. Based solely on the documents Titan provided to the state, a massive fuel tanker would travel this road every 6.1 minutes of the day -- 24 hours a day. These fuel tankers may be empty or loaded, but all will need to use the already-crowded interchange at Hwy 46 and I-40.
Other Environmental Concerns
Buckeye Partners, owner of Titan Partners (owner of the facility), has 68 environmental violations, totaling nearly $5 million dollars in fines. No fire department within 20 miles is equipped to handle a fire at this facility should one occur.
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Your Tax Dollars at Work
Mayor Rial has submitted an application to TDOT for the use of state, county, and city of Dickson tax dollars to be spent by Titan to rebuild and extend Two Mile Rd from Hwy 46 3.5 miles to their facility near I-840. Two Mile Rd is in great shape. We don't need to spend millions of taxpayer dollars to redo what isn't broken just for a return of three full time jobs at the facility, and 200 trucks per day passing by residential homes and farms.
POTENTAIL IMPACT OF THE PROPOSED FUEL TERMINAL
1. Emitting mass amounts of NOx gases and VOC’s which will produce mass amounts of ozone in the atmosphere. Natural produced ozone is fine, but synthetic sourced ozone is not because it disrupts natural balances. Also, Dickson was just issued an O3 (ozone) warning last week. Why should we increase sources of this? Yes, VOC’s are naturally produced in Tennessee, but NOx is usually the limiting reactant of ozone, but this site is emitting a lot of it, so Buckeye can’t excuse their VOC emissions when they’re also emitting NOx.
2. “Hazardous Air Pollutants” The EPA categorizes certain pollutants as extremely harmful. These pollutants from this facility include: benzene, 2-2-4, xylene, cumene, and many more. This site will be emitting these, all within less than 2 miles of an elementary school and a newly built school.
3. VOC’s. Voc’s are natural produced, yes. But there’s a difference between petroleum sourced VOC’s and naturally sourced VOC’s. PAH’s are a primary contaminant in petroleum sourced VOC’s and will cause health issues. PAH’s are listed by EPA as a probably human carcinogen. They plan on emitting nearly 50,000 pounds of VOC’s according to their TDEC app.
4. Excessive traffic will also be a major source of air pollution.
5. This site is producing other greenhouse gases and we must act now for future generations to reduce these sources.
1. Water pollution comes in many forms. First, construction on site or on roads will result in sedimentation of local water sources. Sedimentation results in death of species of fish, microinvertebrates, and freshwater mussles. Sedimentation results in degradation of water quality and biodiversity.
2. Pollution from truck wrecks. These huge trucks, when they wreck, spill fuel into natural land which makes its way into water sources.
3. Pipeline spills/terminal spills. Buckeye had an extensive history of environmental degradation. Buckeye has caused huge spills and has even said on record that they couldn’t calculate how much made its way into natural resources because of weather.
4. Groundwater contamination. Our community relies on this water whether it be from well water or WADC. This terminal is planned on top of our water source. If groundwater contamination occurs, we won’t be testing the groundwater since Buckeye is not required to apply for a groundwater discharge permit and TDEC thus won’t require testing. Terminals that don’t test water sources poison community members without any awareness. It results in cancer and many other illnesses, this happened already at the Dickson landfill, all respect to the Holt family and their tragic endeavors with groundwater contamination.
1. Petroleum contaminants in soil are really difficult to get rid of. PAH’s, PCB’s, dioxins, and many other contaminants can be found from petroleum products. Chattanooga has recently faced this endeavor by removing hundreds of thousands of tons of soil to remediate legacy contamination including PCB’s in South Chattanooga Creek, which feeds into the Tennessee River.
2. Sedimentation occurs with larger facilities and road developments.
3. Erosion could occur and impact local farmers. Anytime a large facility or roads are built, hydrologic flow changes and can result in erosion of current structures.
1. Buckeye is avoiding the “Emergency Planning Community Right to Know Act” by hiring fewer than 10 full time employees.
2. Buckeye has lied to us saying they’re a community partner and pretended to be acting in goodness of heart, they mentioned specific things like a Green Acres Fund and hosting a firefighter training. They only had to continue to fund the Green Acres Fund because they tore through a park to build a pipeline. They hosted an event that was funded by taxpayer money and was only created because there were fire concerns with the oil facilities in the area. That was per a statement from that local firefighter department.
3. They’ve submitted different plans to different meetings. Why are they not submitting the same, uniform information to each department they’re submitting to?
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