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Meeting to discuss future silicon plant project

Reported by: Mel Carlock
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Updated: 7/09/2014 11:10 am
IUKA, Miss. (WTVA) -- A public meeting is being held Saturday in Iuka by a group that says it wants to call attention to the health risks connected to a silicon metal plant under construction in Tishomingo County.

North Carolina-based Blue Ridge Evironmental Defense League accuses the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality issued the permit for construction to Mississippi Silicon before receiving final air quality analysis.

The group says that report includes information on polluting air emissions coming from submerged arc furnaces
that burn coal, wood, and quartz.

BREDL, which does not have a chapter in Mississippi, wants local residents to ask MDEQ to hold a public hearing on the matter.

Construction of Mississippi Silicon's plant in Burnsville is underway.

The facility is expected to be completed and begin operations in the next 12 to 18 months.

Company officials say they expect to employ 210 people.

MDEQ officials stood by the issuance of the permit in February after a company in Alabama raised questions about the environmental impact of the plant.

State officials say the permit meets requirements under state law and protects the public and the environment.

BREDL will hold the meeting Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Homestead Restaurant in Iuka.

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