Friday, April 07, 2006

April 5 meeting, Cedar Falls Public Library

This Wednesday was the second community meeting on the proposed coal plant for Waterloo, Iowa. The first was an informational presentation back in February at the University of Northern Iowa, but it didn't allow for much public discussion. This meeting was all about public discussion, public questions, and all the questions we need to ask and answer about the proposed 700 MW of pulverized coal electrical generation on the edge of East Waterloo.

A few key issues include querying the developers' (LS Power) reasons for rejecting IGCC (Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle) technology when other power companies are choosing it as the cleanest and best available technology, what exactly the emissions will be and how they will affect our health, what this huge plant will do to local property values, and why LS Power wants to build their plant right next to an economically depressed area with one of the largest African-American populations in the state. There are a lot of questions.

Next meeting: Waterloo Public Library, 7 p.m., Wednesday April 12, 2006.


At 2:37 PM, Blogger Carol A. Overland said...

Beware of IGCC, it is NOT clean. Air emissions (particulate matter) is much improved, CO2 of course remains a problem. But the real problem with IGCC is water contamination. Google "Wabash River" and "water contamination" or "water permit" and you'll find this big "Final Technical Report" that reveals that they routinely violated their water permit and don't know how to fix the problem! Google "Iowa" and "coal gasification" and "water contamination" and you'll find there are more than a few hazardous waste sites that the state is trying to clean up from the old days when each town had a coal gasification plant to run the gas lights. Coal gasification is experimental and economically risky. I've been fighting the Excelsior Energy "Mesaba" project for about 4 years now, and we're making progress, but it is not over yet. Search my blog, for "coal gasification" and you'll find links to all the water info, etc, and for Mesaba, check out my clients'

BEWARE IGCC! It isnot ready for commercial use, it is still experimental and risky.


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