Local officials in Cass County, Ind., have tabled a vote that would have allowed Waelz Sustainable Products to move forward with its plans to build a zinc recycling facility in the area.
WSP, a joint venture between Zinc Nacional (Monterrey, Mexico) and Heritage Environmental Services (Indianapolis), is planning to build a $110 million facility that would produce zinc oxide and iron products by recycling electric-arc furnace dust. A group of county residents wants to block the project over concerns it will expose the area to lead and mercury emissions, but the company says its facility will be environmentally friendly and bring about 90 direct jobs to the region. WSP had planned to start operations by the first quarter of 2021, according to a company fact sheet.
The Cass County Council tabled ordinances for two proposed bond issues for the plant on Aug. 22, saying the matter should return to the Cass County Redevelopment Commission for renegotiations. The council also directed WSP and the Cass County Citizens Coalition, the area’s main opposition group, to meet and negotiate, according to the Pharos Tribune.
The vote to table the ordinances does not permanently block the project, the paper reports. The redevelopment commission approved WSP’s real estate purchase and land sale
agreement on June 1, according to its meeting minutes. Visit www.wspcasscounty.com.