For the past 23 years, I have lived a stone’s throw from the Corvallis-based fiberglass battery separator plant now owned by Hollingsworth & Vose (H&V). Over the years, there was one significant release of large fiberglass fluff and plant management was very responsive. Noise concerns were also addressed swiftly. The company’s filtration products help protect the environment, and current production provides more than 140 family-wage jobs in the mid-Willamette Valley.
As a neighbor and candidate for Benton County Commission, I have closely followed the Department of Environmental Quality’s air quality permitting process. Based on old emissions and production data, H&V operated for many years as a minor air pollution source. New emissions tests, conducted by a contractor to H&V and supervised by DEQ, has documented much higher pollutant release rates and higher variability in release rates than expected, across testing periods. As a neighbor and future County decision-maker, I am eager to understand the real emission levels of pollutants such as fine glass fibers, fluorides and nitrous oxides. To continue to be a good neighbor, Hollingsworth & Vose needs to be transparent about actual emissions and should implement the best possible pollution control equipment.