There’s been some concern over how a potential multi-billion dollar ethane cracker plant in Belmont County could impact the environment in the Ohio Valley.

Citizens and scientists are worried about the potential health effects of the facility, but company officials plan to go above and beyond what is required by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Bridgeport resident Bev Reed and local scientist Yuri Gorby are part of environmental groups that are concerned about the short and long-term health effects the facility could bring.

Reed and Gorby traveled to Columbus recently to talk with the Ohio EPA officials and a representative from the governor’s office about their concerns, one of which focuses on the standards of the wastewater discharge permit that was issued to PTT Global Chemical America and Daelim.

However, the companies have made modifications to the permit, and they believe it is their responsibility to protect the environment.

Dan Williamson, spokesman PTTGCA, says the company plans to set goals to reduce emissions and be transparent by displaying all information online.

The company has been playing an active role in helping the environment with a circular economy program that recycles and re-purposes waste that is produced by the plant.

Residents want to be involved — and the companies encourage it. Still no final investment decision has been made. There’s no timetable yet on when that could happen.