posted on 11/19/2012 4:44:39 PM PST
(Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
One of the targeted plants is our own SSVEC plant in near Wilcox. We went to the public comment meeting and there were over 300 people there to protest this action. The EPA admits there will be no discernable improvement to the “haze”.
This has long reaching effects. First, as a co-op, SSVEC is going to have to dramatically increase their rates, or shut down. The estimated cost to do the upgrades the EPA wants is over $8 million dollars plus an annual maintenance cost of over $1 million. They are already in the midst of a costly upgrade but EPA says it is not enough. Second, most of the coal for our plant comes a coal field in Wyoming. My husband's nephew is a foreman there. They have been told if this goes through, they will shut down in two years. All those mine jobs plus the railroad jobs (they just finished a second line) that get the coal down here. Gone.
posted on 11/20/2012 9:41:12 AM PST
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