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 4

3. Heather Sadler, East Donald …

I was going to talk today about the health concerns but a lot of people have covered that today. So I guess I can kind of go a different route.

As a pediatric nurse I’ve worked at Covenant for the last 7 years with kids…Anything that comes out new weather it would be a vaccine or medications, the FDA approves that stuff. We have vaccine committees, the pediatricians get together, they form a committee, they make a decision, a collective decision, as to weather or not we should start a new medication or vaccine, they look at the benefits, they look at the downside.

We elect you as our officials. We are hoping that you are looking at the benefits and at the downside. All I’v heard tonight is a lot of “I don’t know, we don’t have specifics”. I’m really kind of disappointed as a person who elects you people to take care of me. You look like you’re sitting there happy with your decision. I’m NOT happy.
We’re stuck listening to him, and he can’t even tell us anything.

I’ve had a long day, I’ve worked with 30 kids today, and I have a cold. I stop. My main question though for you tonight, and it’s for you guys, not him. Why can’t Blackhawk County Public Health be asked to give a factual and objective opinion to the immediate and long term effects that this plant’s emissions will have on the health of us as Black Hawk County citizens. OK, why haven’t they been asked?
And who’s watching out for our well being if you aren’t?