Proposed Power Plant Divides Small Indiana Town


Manroe said Tenaska will work to get contracts for companies to sell the energy to, but until the market is right, company officials won’t know when the new plant will be built.

Still, she’s trying to answer as many questions as she can, and she’ll address the town council.

Manroe said it’s not unusual for the power plants to be built within a half mile of residential neighborhoods.

The benefit of opening in an industrial park in Morristown, she said, is town officials have already marked the area for industrial growth.

“I know that some of the people who have concerns are concerned about the amount of buffer that exists at this plant as opposed to other plants,” she said. “But the industrial park as a whole serves as a buffer because the purpose of an industrial park is to ensure residential homes aren’t built nearby. In reality, we have a 400- acre buffer in Morristown because that’s how big the industrial park is.”

Manroe points to the benefits of the half-billion-dollar facility moving into the community, not only for the tax base for Morristown and Shelby County, but for the construction jobs that will draw workers from all over central Indiana.

And while original plans called for 8 million gallons of water a day, Manroe said now the company is considering a dry-cooling system where only a few hundred thousand gallons of water are used daily.

But for Goedde, whose property includes a lake, the switch to a dry-cooling system is questionable.

“We don’t know what we’re getting into. We don’t even know what that is,” she said.

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