Friday, April 28, 2006

Bring a can of tuna May 11

The US Environmental Protection Agency recommends that women who are pregnant or plan to become pregnant and children under six should eat no more than three 6 ounce servings per month of canned tuna because of the high levels of mercury present in fish, like tuna, at the top of the food chain. This risk is also present in fish taken from lakes and rivers inland that receive mercury pollution from airborne sources. Coal-fired power plants are the largest industrial source of mercury contamination in the U.S. The plant proposed for Waterloo may emit hundreds of pounds of mercury that will in turn contaminate eastern Iowa's waters.

We've worked hard to clean up Iowa waters. It's a shame to see another source of pollution appear just as we're making progress. Here's an idea: if you object to increased levels of mercury in Iowa waters and in your fish, bring a can of tuna to the May 11 meeting with LS Power representatives. Give them back their mercury. Better yet, tell them you don't want any more.


At 3:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

May be we can present them to Robert Colozza, since his wife just had a Baby. See if Robert would like to feed it to his child a couple times per week or to his wife before she has her next baby.

At 4:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Three questions:

I understand there is another plant proposed in Iowa. Is this an LS plant? Where will it be? Also, is this the first CFPP effort of LS?


At 1:26 PM, Blogger Clean Air for Waterloo said...

There are a number of plants proposed or under construction in Iowa. All told, there are over one hundred proposed in the US. This is not the first CFPP effort of LS. They are trying in Texas (litigation is ensuing, and reports that LS underreported potential environmental problems are surfacing) and a number of other places, and appear to be affiliated with Cogentrix. Cogentrix has a long (and dirty) history in coal. For more information on their projects:

At 9:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That statement about giving Colozza tuna for his new baby and wife sounds like a threat to me. I can't believe you guys would go so low to make a statement like that. I didn't know how I feel about this plant, but statements like that will NOT help your cause!

At 9:33 AM, Blogger Clean Air Waterloo said...

Dear Anonymous: "You guys" who made the comment about Colozza's wife and baby was an anonymous commenter, just like you. For all we know, it was you.

At 6:46 AM, Blogger Clean Air Waterloo said...

In response to Anonymous #2:

As far as we know the Waterloo proposal is LS Power's only current proposal in Iowa. They have other coal-fired power plants on the drawing board or in construction in other parts of the country (you can find them easily with a Google search). Most of their track record is in natural gas.

The other Iowa coal-fired power plant under construction right now is MidAmerican's new Council Bluffs plant, which will be approximately the same size as the proposed Waterloo plant.

At 9:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So why didn't Mid America build here?


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