citizens of the Cedar Valley address the proposal for a coal burning power plant
City Council meeting
May 7, 2007
2. Joe Opphold, 2635 Saratoga here in Waterloo.
I have the advantage over some of you, I live close to Covenant hospital. This power plant is supported, as an article in yesterday’s paper stated, because “expected economic benefits to the area” Expected. What can be expected. 100 permanent jobs.
A 7 million dollar payroll. 260 acres of agricultural production land wiped out. Many project that this power plant will foster more development. Will it? More likely it will hinder the economic development. Yes I said HINDER. According to the DNR Air Quality Bureau, regarding clean air, they had this to say: “Waterloo is already listed as a community very close to exceeding national ambient air quality standards for fine particulate matter…this plant could fill up the remaining increment of pure air and thus would be hindering economic development in the future. Why would other companies come, they can’t come because the quota has already been filled.
The cost. Back in early March, Black Hawk County engineer Richard King, who has been referred to before this evening, estimated that the cost for paving, upgrading roads, replacing bridges, taking care of the drainage probably would be in the neighborhood of a little more than $15 million. The amount of money LS Power would provide the city is under $1 million a year…and that won’t be until 5 or 6 years from now, so the local government doesn’t stand to gain anything from this project until a decade, as stated before this evening. Thank you.