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Future of Dickson terminal project: TN video conference, local appeal hearing next week

The Tennessean (Nashville) logo The Tennessean (Nashville) 7/2/2020 Chris Gadd, Nashville Tennessean
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The next few weeks are a critical time in the development of the Dickson County fuel terminal project. 

A county board of zoning appeals meeting Tuesday night will determine if the project proceeds, and citizen comments will be heard at a state air pollution control video conference meeting Wednesday night. 

Last week, people filled the Burns Fire Department fire hall for a rally against construction of the terminal, which is planned by Texas-based Titan Partners to cover 35 acres on a nearly 150-acre site near Interstate 40 and 840 in southeast Dickson County. 

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: A rally against the Dickson County fuel terminal planned by Titan Partners at the Burns Fire Department fire hall on Saturday, June 27. © Submitted A rally against the Dickson County fuel terminal planned by Titan Partners at the Burns Fire Department fire hall on Saturday, June 27.

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“There are literally no benefits to the citizens of Dickson, Williamson and Cheatham counties. None,” said Isla Waters, a project opponent, to The Herald. 

Titan Partners has touted the benefits of the project, including $3.2 million in property tax revenue over 10 years as well as “being a good neighbor” and partnering with the community. 

Those opposed have argued that the terminal would bring heavy traffic, increased air pollution, and the potential for water contamination. 

Robert Ingalls, vice president of domestic terminals at Buckeye Partners, said the project will “bring many positive economic benefits to the residents and businesses of Dickson County.” 

“It’s good for jobs, good for the environment and good for the local economy,” Ingalls added.

Titan Partners, a subsidiary of global pipeline and terminal operator Buckeye Partners, L.P., has said about 100 trucks are expected to exit the interstate daily and travel down 2-Mile Road to the terminal. The site will have fueling areas, a warehouse, three-bay truck loading rack and six above-ground tanks, according to company officials. 

The facility is expected to add three full-time jobs to the workforce.

Public meetings 

The county board of zoning appeals on Tuesday at 7 p.m. will discuss an appeal filed by the opposition group’s attorney, Roger Waynick. 

Waynick contends that a specialty use exemption should have been required of Titan Partners by the county. 

County attorney Tim Potter said the board of zoning appeals "will consider the decision made by the planning director that a special use exception is not required based on the stated use for the site."  

"The individuals opposing the development and the developer, each through their respective legal counsel, will be given an opportunity to present to the BZA their position on whether a special use exception should have been required," Potter said.

The day following the board meeting, Wednesday, July 8 at 5 p.m., an online public meeting will be presented by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s Division of Air Pollution Control.

Several local citizens have contacted TDEC in recent weeks as part of the public comment period prior to the meeting and permit application approval. 

"A public meeting for this type of permit is not a normal part of the air permitting process. The Technical Secretary used discretion to have this public meeting due to the large public interest in this proposed project," said TDEC Communications Director Kim Schofinski.

The videoconference will open to participants at 4:45 p.m., according to state officials. Participants may join by computer online, via the WebEx app, or by phone

According to TDEC officials, participants are highly encouraged to join by computer online or with the WebEx app in order to view pictures and other content. The link to join the video-teleconference by computer will be posted to this website at least three days prior to the public meeting, TDEC officials say. 

According to state officials, following Gov. Bill Lee’s executive order extending the use of electronic meetings, the TDEC public meeting is being conducted via video-teleconference “in the interest of protecting public health, safety, and welfare in light of the coronavirus."

The meeting will have a question and answer format and will include a presentation on the proposed permit action by staff from TDEC’s DAPC, TDEC’s Division of Water Resources, and TDEC’s Division of Solid Waste Management. 

By App

To join via the WebEx app:

Meeting number (access code) 161 491 6669

Meeting password: Meeting (case sensitive)

By Phone

To join by phone:

1-415-655-0003 (TOLL)

Access code: 161 491 6669

Those unable to participate in the meeting can send their comment to be read by the moderator during the public meeting to: Air.Pollution.Control@tn.gov.

Related: Dickson County 34-acre fuel terminal at I-40 approved first vote

This article originally appeared on Nashville Tennessean: Future of Dickson terminal project: TN video conference, local appeal hearing next week

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