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EPA SCHEDULES 11 PUBLIC MEETINGS ON COAL-FIRED UTILITIES NEXT 2 MONTHS

18 Oct 2013

READ ALL ABOUT IT! The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)  has scheduled eleven (11) public listening sessions across the USA to solicit ideas and input from the public and stakeholders about the best Clean Air Act approaches to reducing carbon pollution from existing power plants. Each session will begin with brief introductory remarks followed by EPA listening to public input about reducing carbon pollution from existing power plants.  All public listening sessions are planned between 23 Oct 2013, and 8 Nov 2013.  That, is a “short-fuse” for such ambitious plans!. Please note that EPA is proposing to set separate standards for natural gas(Nat Gas)-fired utilities and coal-fired units. For now, we are talking about: Coal-burners

The Clean Air Act gives both EPA and states a role in reducing air pollution from power plants that are already in operation.  The law directs EPA to establish guidelines, which states use to design their own programs to reduce emissions.  Before proposing guidelines, EPA must consider how power plants with a variety of different configurations would be able to reduce carbon pollution in a cost-effective way.  It is hoped/anticipated that the feedback from these 11 public-listening sessions will play an important role in helping EPA develop smart, cost-effective guidelines that reflect the latest and best information available.  The agency will seek additional public input during the notice and comment period once it issues a proposal by June 2014.

THE EPA SCHEDULED SESSIONS ARE:

NEW YORK NY, 23 OCT 2013

ATLANTA GA, 23 OCT 2013

DENVER CO, 30 OCT 2013

LENEXA KS, 4 NOV 2013

BOSTON MA, 4 NOV 2013

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, 5 NOV 2013

WASHINGTON, DC, 7 NOV 2013

DALLAS, TX, 7 NOV 2013

SEATTLE, WA, 7 NOV 2013

PHILADELPHIA PA, 8 NOV 2013

CHICAGO IL, 8 NOV 2013

For more specific information, and Points of Contact(POCs) See  http://www2.epa.gov/carbon-pollution-standards/public-listening-sessions#main-content

OUR TAKE:

GOOD TO SEE THE EPA IS STILL ALIVE, Well…maybe. It is one agency Republican conservatives would like to do away with, or at least hamstring into impotency.  King Coal-fired electrical and industrial facilities need to be exposed as the USA’s worst air polluters.  Americans everywhere know this, and want coal replaced by Nat Gas (or green energy) wherever, and as soon as possible.  The fact that EPA has scheduled 11 Public and Stakeholders meetings over the next two months is evidence EPA priorities are well-placed.

WHAT WILL THE 11 MEETINGS BE LIKE?  Probably very much like the USA Congress recently.  On one side we should have the now well informed American citizens pointing their finger at the most notorious offenders in their respective region.(One suspects the EPA will value such information and public outrage in their assessment and deliberations)  On the other side of the divide, the Coal-fired power-plant owners (Stakeholders/shareholders), and the Operators of such Utilities will claim : Carbon ? Who? Not we!  Our coal DOES NOT STINK.  It is of the finest quality anthracite, and besides, coal created air pollution is not worse now than in the last 100 years (Americans are not fooled).  AH!, but it is much worse because of the recent proliferation of coal-fired Utilities in recent years, not the least of which is caused by the universal rejection of Nuclear Power-Plants (NPPs)by a now well informed public about nuclear waste.

BURNING OF COAL FOR ENERGY GENERATION MAKES NO SENSE NOW.  A recent Gallup poll makes that issue crystal clear See http://energymaters.com/?p=1185 and yet; here in San Antonio, Texas, our two (2) coal-burner plants at Calaveras (Skulls) lake (Spruce I, and II), together generate about 1,240 Mw, and consume about one train-load of coal daily/each.  That coal is brought from Gillette Co., WY. Transported about 1,500 miles in trains owned /maintained / financed by our “CPS Energy” public-owned Utility.  THE RUB IS: About 50 miles south of San Antonio, TX   lies the “Eagle-Ford Oil and Gas” huge development/enterprise looking for ways to sell their Nat-gas, and CPS-Energy won’t even look their way.  It would be relatively inexpensive/quick to convert such plants to Nat-gas and CPS-Energy knows it, BUT…

CPS ENERGY (A PUBLIC-OWNED CORP.) FEELS COMPELLED TO BURN ONLY COAL.   They somehow, feel compelled to buy coal from Ex-V.P. Cheney’s empire. Perhaps they have a sweetheart deal, and claim they are waiting for the EPA to mandate a change.  That is a hell of a cop-out, specially when San Antonio now has more than 60 days per year of air pollution alerts created by ozone and many other carcinogens. Honestly, the news media just says:“Just stay inside if you do not have to go outside”. There is no doubt in my mind that San Antonio Citizens are paying a much higher price than their monthly utility bill in terms of health maintenance costs, ill health, and shorter life spans. We need to remember that we could cut our carbon emissions, and other pollution at least in half by burning only Nat Gas for power generation.  How quickly we forget that in 1984 San Antonio, TX used Nat Gas only.

PLIGHT OF THE MANY OFFERS LITTLE CONSOLATION. It is of little consolation to realize that San Antonio is not alone in its air pollution plight, and that the same problem is being experienced big-time all over the USA, and in many other countries such as Mexico, and China. Still we must all do what we can to slow down global warming, and to keep from suffocating. Have you noticed in the world news, how many citizens are now wearing face masks to ward-off air pollution. IT IS TRULY SAD!- Perhaps bitching loudly to the EPA, now that we are given a chance, may give rise to greater awareness about the need to do something about the problem NOW! If you reside in one of the cities listed above, and are a concerned citizen, PLEASE ATTEND AND PARTICIPATE!

Edward Oliver Gonzalez (gonzedo)


October 18, 2013 at 11:43 PM Comments (0)