Some residents near the site of the planned fuel terminal at the I-40/I-840 interchange have sent objections to the proposal to the Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation, using a 30-day public comment period that began May 20.
“We as a community have not had any kind of a say as to this proposed location,” Tina Leatherwood of Burns wrote to TDEC’s Division of Air Pollution Control (DAPC), which began posting the comments on its website last week.
The first 13 comments posted — representing individuals, couples or families in 13 homes — were against the proposal.
The comments to DAPC director and technical secretary Michelle Walker Owenby urged her to deny a permit application from Houston-based Buckeye Partners LP, operating in Tennessee as Titan Partners LLC. The application seeks construction of a terminal that would feed up to 100 tanker trucks per day for deliveries to gas stations.
TDEC spokeswoman Kim Schofinski said in an email that Owenby could decide to hold a public meeting on the Dickson County proposal but isn’t required to do so.
“The Technical Secretary issues permits if they meet the substantive technical requirements applicable to the specific type of industry and process as well as decides to hold public meetings,” Schofinski said in the email.
Schofinski said that if Owenby decides to hold a public meeting on the Buckeye/Titan application, a notice would appear on TDEC’s website.
Schofinski said DAPC’s 14-member Air Pollution Control Board typically doesn’t hold public hearings on permit applications or to consider if permits will be issued. She said the board’s main function is to adopt regulations by which permit applications are processed.
The application for the Dickson County proposal was submitted to DAPC on behalf of Buckeye/Titan by Gianna Aiezza of Albany, N.Y., engineering firm Envirospec LLC. DAPC staff member Jill Pratt was assigned to process the application.
In an email from Pratt to Aiezza, posted on TDEC’s website, Pratt said: “We have a 115-day hard deadline, from receipt of a complete application, for all construction permits.”
Aiezza filed the Buckeye/Titan application March 27, and it was deemed complete March 30, according to TDEC’s website.
The terminal site is bordered by I-40 on the north and I-840 on the east. Some commenters to DAPC, including Carl Grimes, Gloria Jones and John Reuter, have homes west of there and south of I-40 on streets that intersect or funnel into 2 Mile Road, the artery where tanker truck traffic between the terminal and Highway 46 would take place.
Commenters include Burns residents Barbara Heggie, Miranda Williams and Kathryn Woodall, as well as Joe Muraca of Dickson and Vicki Wilson of Fairview. Some commenters live near the site on the north side of I-40.
Some comments to DAPC cite concerns of air and water contamination and fires. Others cite the close proximity of Burns schools and ballfields, saying children would be at risk of air pollutants or traffic accidents.
The proposed terminal calls for a vapor recovery system built by Oklahoma-based John Zink Hamworthy Combustion Inc., though Buckeye/Titan’s application still proposes release of some air contaminants.
The proposed terminal would include six above-ground cylindrical storage tanks. Its source of petroleum would be a BP America pipeline in the area.
The vacant land where the proposed facility would be located is under contract to be sold to Buckeye/Titan. The proposal calls for building a new road through neighboring farmland, connecting the terminal site with 2 Mile Road at Hogan Road.
The proposal also calls for widening 2 Mile Road, which runs alongside homes and farmland between Hogan Road and Highway 46.
The proposal has cleared two steps in the Dickson County Planning Commission three-step process, needing only final plat approval.