citizens of the Cedar Valley address the proposal for a coal burning power plant

Waterloo, Iowa

City Council meeting

May 7, 2007

 

 

 

c e d a r v a l l e y s p e a k s

Group 2

1.Renata Sack, 414 Sunset in Waterloo.

My name is Renata Sack I live at 414 Sunset in Waterloo.
Honorable Mayor,
Members of the City Council:

Annexation of land into city limits impacts private citizens¨‚' lives. Even though the question of annexation of the land LS Power has bought or might own is labeled legally ¨‚"voluntary¨‚", it is in fact for several property owners involuntary.

The different decisions you might be making on this issue would thrust our community into entirely opposite futures. Since the issues involved are so complex and tightly interwoven with concerns about the future condition of our environment, I ask that you wait with deliberating the question of annexation until after LS Power has filed its request with the Iowa Utilities Board and the DNR.

The proposed 750 megawatt coal plant will not only pollute our and Iowa¨‚'s environment, but it will contribute in huge proportions to climate change and global warming.

What will happen to the heavily metal laden coal combustion waste proposed to be deposited into abandoned quarries? The EPA does not test the levels of ground water pollution and how and by whom will this plant be monitored?

During the time since this issue first arose to public awareness in our community one year ago, the knowledge and awareness of the impact of global warming has changed the world over. EVERYONE, countries, states, and cities are changing their thinking and practices to switch from CO2 emitting power to renewable power and conservation.

We, the City of Waterloo cannot afford to buy into outmoded and dangerously polluting industry, an industry that will be taxed in the very near future, ultimately leaving this huge coal plant standing inoperative and abandoned.

There is economic advantage in attracting industry that will save the environment and economic advantage in embracing environmentally healthy practices and methods.

Please shape a clean and healthy and forward moving future for this community.