By Kym Gable

POTTER TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — A controversial plan to build a multi-billion dollar petrochemical plant in Beaver County moved ahead Wednesday night.

The Potter Township Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to allow the solicitor to draw up approval documents for conditional use permit.

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The board will consider actually approving those permits at a later date.

KDKA’s Rick Dayton Reports:

The plant is expected to create thousands of jobs.

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But dozens of opponents, concerned about air and water quality and health issues, spoke out against the permit process. They raised signs reading “Deny” and “Disastrous Decision.”

Approval of the necessary permits will basically amount to a local construction permit.

Construction on the plant is scheduled to begin later this year.

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