13 January 2009

Threat to Wasatch Front air quality - urgent!

A new powerplant with preliminary approval threatens to harm the health and air quality of citizens of the Wasatch front. From the Utah Moms for Clean Air:

Consolidated Energy Co. has received preliminary approval to construct a power plant that burns petroleum coke and residual fuel oil next to the Holly Oil refinery in Woods Cross. This hazardous waste would be imported into Utah and burned making this "power plant" virtually equivalent to a new hazardous waste incinerator.

Petroleum coke is the dirtiest fossil fuel available, much dirtier than coal. It is the waste left over from refining oil. Compared to coal, combustion of petroleum coke emits higher concentrations of all the major components of air pollution. Every year this plant will release about one million pounds of pollution, including highly toxic chemicals and heavy metals that are especially dangerous to young children and the unborn. These toxic compounds are known to cause cancer, genetic damage and brain damage even in unimaginably small quantities.

There is a Division of Air Quality public hearing TONIGHT, Tuesday, January 13th at 6:30pm, where the public can voice their concern over this power plant. The meeting is at the DEQ Auditorium (Room 101), 168 N. 1950 W. in SLC.

If you can't make it to that, here are other ways to speak out about this power plant:

1. Submit your comments to the Division of Air Quality by Jan. 15, 2009.
Email: jjenks@utah.gov.

2. Write or call Gov. Huntsman and your state legislators stating your opposition to the petcoke plant.

Send correspondence to the Governor at
Governor John Huntsman, Jr.
Utah State Capitol Complex
350 North State Street, Suite 200
P. O. Box 142220
Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-2220

801-538-1000
800-705-2464

3. Send an email or letter to the Mayor of West Bountiful: jbehunin@gmail.com
West Bountiful City Hall - 550 North 800 West, West Bountiful, Utah 84087
Even if you don’t live in West Bountiful, pollutants from this proposed plant will affect you if you live along the Wasatch Front.

4. Write a letter to the editor to one or more local newspaper(s): Salt Lake Tribune, Deseret News, Davis County Clipper

To help you write your letters, please refer to the talking points, background information, and a sample letter available here.

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This is nasty stuff, folks. Please take a minute to write to the DAQ before Thursday, letting them know your concern and opposition to this power plant. Then pass this info (or even just the Utah Moms for Clean Air website) on to friends and family members who might be affected.

1 comment:

brooke, the short chick said...

well that's just dumb that they would even consider this - how can they even THINK it's a good idea.. i mean, really - anywhere it is a bad idea, but along the wasatch front - with all the news about inversions and smog and stuff? you'd think that utah would get it by now that something like this = bad. *sigh* but utah is a different land than any of the places i come from.