Dear Editor,

On Nov. 16, 2018, Sunman Town Council members Mike Wolff and Harvey Dobson granted MGPI of Indiana a tax abatement. Don Foley voted against this. What does this offer Sunman?

"MGPI is a distiller of spirits from Atchison, Kansas, and currently owns the old Seagrams building in Lawrenceburg," according to the Nov. 16, 2018, town board minutes. MGPI purchased the Deufol Industries property in October 2018.

Indiana Department of Environmental Management requires an Air Permit Application, which was dated Nov. 14, 2018.

According to the census, Sunman has a population of 1,000 people. The majority of our people are below poverty level. Do we need to be breathing the mold on a daily basis? This property sits on top of our water supply – It is located on top of the aquifer. Supposedly, our water is one of the best in the state of Indiana – How many years will it take to contaminate all of our water in the area? How do you intend to clean this up?

When the air contaminates our gardens and our crops in our fields, will there be any compensation for our losses? MGPI is supposed to have eight to 10 employees. Or is there a possibility of more jobs created with attorney fees and court costs!

Instead of enjoying our homes and our farmland, will there be heartache seeing them covered with black mold – degraded from what they should be? What about the kids that attend Sunman Elementary School, which is about a half mile from facility?

Concerned citizens are asked to attend the Sunman Town Council meeting Thursday, Feb. 21, at 6:30 p.m. at the Sunman Town Hall and a meeting conducted by IDEM Thursday, Feb. 28, at 5:30 p.m. at Milan High School.

Ruth Riehle


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