Monday, May 08, 2006

2,000+ Signatures

Local citizens are making their voice heard, and that voice is a resounding "No!" to the proposed power plant east of Waterloo . In just a few short weeks, volunteers, faith congregations, and some local business owners have received more than 2,000 signatures on a petition opposing the plant. "I am all for economic development, but I believe that if everyone would go out to the web and do some research on coal fired power plants, they too would understand these plants are not a good long term economic investment. Don't stand by while Waterloo city officials trade our clean air, water, land and health for tax dollars. Get on line and get the facts. This concerns everyone in a hundred mile radius of the proposed plant location," says Gail Mueller. Mr. Mueller, who has been collecting the signatures, lives just a few hundred feet from the proposed site off Newell Street .

The petition isn't the only way the community has been expressing their opposition to the plant. Yard signs with the word 'NO' emblazoned prominently are appearing around the area. "It is critical at this point that people make their opposition visible through yard signs or by contacting their local and state elected officials. This is our home, our children are growing up here and this plant will for sure do long term damage to our region. There are alternatives to this. We should not have to put up with it," says Kamyar Enshayan, a member of Cedar Falls City Council who opposes the proposed plant.

Citizens oppose the power plant because of its impacts on the local community, not in spite of them. Those impacts include decreased air and water quality, increased health risks, decreased property values, increased traffic, and other public concerns. "This proposal is very different from the MidAmerican coal-fired power plant currently under construction in Council Bluffs. MidAmerican chose an existing industrial site, not a greenfield taken from some of the best farmland in the world. MidAmerican is investing heavily in renewable energy sources like wind, to balance their coal-fired generation. And MidAmerican has a track record in Iowa. We know what kind of corporate citizen they are. None of this is true with LS Power," says Carrie La Seur, an attorney specializing in environmental law. MidAmerican Energy recently announced plans to build an additional 545 MW of wind capacity in Iowa.


At 4:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why is Mid America Coal better than L S Power coal? Where does it say L S Power is not a good corprate citizen? Statement appear very biased with few facts

At 9:35 AM, Blogger Clean Air Waterloo said...

We're not saying that coal is desirable, only that there are significant differences between MidAmerican's project and LS Power's. And if you reread the post, you'll see that it does not say that LS Power is not a good corporate citizen. It says that we know what kind of corporate citizen MidAmerican is, but we don't have that kind of info about LS Power. Perhaps you'd like to offer some facts of your own?

At 9:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't it true that MidAmerica is building a coal plant in Council Bluffs? They do use coal in addition to wind.

At 9:31 AM, Blogger Clean Air Waterloo said...

If you reread the original post, you'll see that it mentions MidAmerican's coal-fired power plant under construction in Council Bluffs.

At 7:04 PM, Blogger JT said...

Is LS Power using the most advanced technologies available to ensure clean air and water quality. There has been little information provided by LS that would indicate their willingness to go above the current EPA guidelines which have been reduced by the Bush adminitration?

At 6:42 AM, Blogger Clean Air Waterloo said...

LS Power has released very little detail about the clean air and clean water measures it plans to implement. We hope to hear more about that at the public meeting May 11, 6 pm at the 5 Sullivan Brothers Center in Waterloo. Information released so far seems to indicate that LS Power does not plan to use Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) or carbon storage, technologies that some people promote as paths to cleaner coal and others denounce as problematic and insufficient.

At 5:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm very discouraged after last night's meeting. It seems LS has it sewed up. What can we do?


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