High noon rally Tuesday and 9AM to 8PM hearings Monday and Tuesday 29-30 July 2014
Sam Nunn Atlanta Federal Center, Main Tower Bridge Conference Area, Conference Room B, 61 Forsyth Street, SW, Atlanta, GA.
Plus you can comment online, maybe about
mercury from coal Plant Scherer
in the Alapaha River and how shifting to “natural” gas just promotes
more fracked methane pipelines like that
Sabal Trail boondoggle.
EPA could take a second step on methane, and we can get on with
faster, cheaper, cleaner, and far more environmentally beneficial
solar power in the sunny southeast.
For details see the
Alliant Energy in Iowa is celebrating an emission-reduction
technology that will help a power plant meet new standards —
creating 400 jobs in the process. One recent study found that
“EPA’s two new air quality rules create 1.5 million
“The OGS [Ottumwa Generating Station] project is a win-win for
Iowa’s economy and environment,” said Pat Kampling, president
and CEO of Alliant Energy. “The project at OGS will create
approximately 400 good-paying construction jobs for Iowa’s working
families and foster future economic growth while making Iowa’s air
Better for public health, better for less climate change,
and better the economy: more jobs for Iowans.
Two Southern Company coal-fired electric generating plants near
Atlanta are the biggest contributors to global greenhouse gases in
the United States, and a third Southern plant in Alabama is the
third-biggest emitter, an analysis of environmental data found
The nation’s No. 1 producer of carbon dioxide — the
heat-trapping gas that is held chiefly responsible in models of
global warming — is Plant Scherer in Juliette, about 65 miles
southeast of downtown Atlanta, according to the Associated Press
analysis of data reported to the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency for 2010.
That’s the plant that supplies most of our power in south Georgia,
whether you get it through Georgia Power or Colquitt EMC.
The No. 2 producer is Plant Bowen, just west of Cartersville, about
50 miles northwest of central Atlanta, and the third-largest is
Plant Miller in Quinton, Ala., about 165 miles west of Atlanta near
Birmingham, the AP said.
The story also notes (as a picture caption):
Georgia Power recently installed pollution-control equipment, called
baghouses, to curb mercury pollution at Plant Scherer. EPA rules
that will regulate mercury likely will lead to the utility to install
additional baghouses at other coal-fired plants
Hm, that’s exactly what Southern Company said
it was incompetent to do.
Apparently it figured out to do what other power companies already knew how to do.
Anyway, pumping out CO2 from coal plants is what Southern Company is doing
instead of solar and wind.
Why can’t Southern Company do what other power companies can do
in implementing the new coal plant pollution control rules EPA
is about to promulgate?
Elizabeth Shogren wrote for NPR today,
EPA To Unveil Stricter Rules For Power Plants.
She described new rules for coal plants EPA is going to release in the next
few weeks, including controls on mercury, “arsenic, acid gases and other pollutants.”
Southern Company doesn’t like that.
“It’s physically impossible to build the controls, the generation, the
transmission and the pipelines needed in three years,” says Anthony
Topazi, chief operating officer for Southern Company, which provides
electricity to nearly 4 million homes and hundreds of thousands of
businesses in the Southeast.
Topazi says electricity rates will go up, putting marginal companies out
of business. He says unless his company gets six years, it will not be
able to keep the lights on.
“We will experience rolling blackouts or rationing power if we don’t
have simply the time to comply,” Topazi says.
Worried about mercury or other toxic chemicals?
Ask EPA what they’re going to do about it.
Join Administrator Jackson for a special White House live chat on the
Mercury and Air Toxics Standards tomorrow, Thursday, March 17 at 10:55
a.m. EDT. Administrator Jackson will be joined by young people who
are passionate about this issue and the discussion will be moderated by
Kalpen Modi of the Office of Public Engagement.
My sincere thanks for letting me present my concerns at yesterday’s
meeting. It is very much appreciated.
Please understand that what I presented is based on facts. I have
worked for ten years at VSU as an educator, and my students and
colleagues know me as a straightforward person. I may ruffle some
feathers at times, but I clearly was brought up in a no-nonsense
If Mr. Lofton would not continue to ignore our concerns (as he again
did at the BOE meeting), to misrepresent organizations such as the
Sierra Club (an organization I happen to support), or to keep
bringing up names of those who endorse the biomass plant (yet
conveniently overlooks a conflict of interest), I probably would
have never brought this up. However, during these past couple weeks,
and particularly with his behavior at the BOE meeting, Mr. Lofton
has added insult to injury, and enough is enough.
I did address the county commission on this topic over a year ago – in a public forum at a scheduled meeting.
He provided no date nor link, but since
this is the only Commission meeting minutes for which I can find
I’m guessing this is the one he meant.
I’ve quoted here the relevant item, and I’ve added paragraph breaks
to it to make finding individual speakers’ names easier.
See also the VDT writeup.
I would like to ask people, especially academics,
who want to cite sources to actually cite them,
not allude to them by some vague description.
LOWNDES COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Chairman Ashley Paulk
Vice Chairperson Joyce E. Evans
Commissioner Richard C. Lee
Commissioner G. Robert Carter
Chairman Paulk called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m.
REZ-2009-05 Wiregrass Power, LLC, 2637 Old Statenville Hwy, 0164 025. 22.1 ac.,
E-A to I-S,
County Planner, Jason Davenport, presented the item, stating that both the
Planning Commission and TRC recommended approval with conditions.
Paulk asked those in attendance to be patient with the Commission as the item was
considered, since it was an issue that many in attendance may want to speak.
Michael Noll, 2305 Glynndale Drive, spoke against the request and presented the
Commission with a list of questions prepared by himself, Dr. Brad Bergstrom and Mr.
Mr. Fred Deloach III, 1411 New Statenville Highway, addressed the
Commission requesting that tires and coal be added to the list of prohibited fuel items.
Thank you for providing my correspondence on your blog. Here is an
e-mail below from VSU professor Tom Manning who has experience in
biomass research and instruction. He has supported our project
enthusiastically from the beginning. I would appreciate you including
this as well.
From: Thomas J Manning [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Thursday, September 30, 2010 11:37 AM
To: ‘Bradley J Bergstrom’
Cc: ‘ReplyTo:’; ‘Cc: Allan Ricketts’
Subject: FW: Thank you to the Valdosta Board of Education
I believe you are playing a game of semantics with your
disparaging argument concerning my qualifications (quote below). Some
1. I did address the county commission on this topic over a year
ago – in a public forum at a scheduled meeting.