February 8, 2014
Letter to Editor
I (Donald Fowler) have NEVER requested that the Tencate Facility be shut down! I am appreciative of the tax, the jobs, and especially the product they provide.
The residents and property owners in western Upson County are asking the community to support our efforts with the EPD in the re-issuance of the Tencate Land Application Permit. We have suffered years of horrible chemical odor from this facility. For the past 22 years the renewal process has been basically hidden from the public. Every five years a public notice has been posted in the Upson County court house where very few if any residents have seen it. In November we began notifying area residents and owners of our opportunity to express our concerns to the EPD. A petition was circulated in the community asking the EPD to modify the permit and require Tencate to eliminate the odor.
The public response was great enough to warrant the EPD to hold a Public Hearing on this matter. The public comment window closed on Dec.6. No further written comments would be accepted. The EPD discovered errors in the Tencate application and issued consent order #5990 on Nov.27 which included a $5000.00 fine and the issuance of a temporary permit.
The Adopt A Steam group “Eyes On The Upper Flint” is certified by the Georgia Dept of Natural Resources to conduct water test in streams. We are re-certified yearly. We do not test in “swamp water.” Specific conductivity is one of our tests. There are no federal or state limits or guide lines, as this test is an indicator of impurities in the water. Our reading and test sites can be seen on the DNR Adopt A Stream web site.
Tencate has a withdrawal permit from the State for up to 650,000 gal/d. This is water that would otherwise flow into Spring Creek and then into the Flint River. Converting the LAS to a Waste Water Treatment Plant, at some future time, would solve the odor and water flow problems.
We are appealing to anyone that is concerned with the quality or quantity of water in the Flint or that is forced to smell this odor, let your voice be heard at the soon to be announced Public Hearing.
(Editor’s note: Mr. Fowler is not a resident of Upson County, but does own property in Upson County near Tencate.)