How will ITD reduce noise pollution?

ITD modified its original permit based on residents’ concerns over noise pollution generated from the shredding operation. Instead of a diesel operated shredder, the facility will now utilize an electrically powered “chomper.” Additionally, the “chomper” will be housed in an intermodal container, which will have a sound dampening effect.

ITD’s anticipated sound levels will likely be lower than that generated by daily Amtrak and freight trains at the Hamlet CSX facility. By comparison, a shredder has a decibel scale (henceforth, dBA) of roughly 75, whereas a freight train has a dBA of 80. The horn on a train is roughly 130 dBA.

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1. What is ITD?
2. Did the Richmond County Board of Commissioners recruit or re-zone property to lure ITD?
3. What is the economic impact to Richmond County?
4. Will ITD burn railroad ties?
5. How is pyrolysis of ties different than burning rail ties?
6. What environmental measures are being taken to protect citizens & who is monitoring ITD?
7. Will there be an abundance of truck traffic?
8. How will ITD reduce noise pollution?
9. Will this facility be visible from the road?
10. How will ITD handle water run-off?
11. Will this facility be similar BioChar Now in Colorado?
12. Will this facility be similar to Dominion Power Biomass Plant in Georgia?
13. Can I access comments and questions from public meeting?