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 6

5. Cathy DeSoto. 205 Prospect Ave, Waterloo.

That is avenue not blvd, so I live close to the proposed plant location. Thank you for letting me speak, I have been waiting for three hours to speak. I today got this flyer in the mail from LS power where they state that concerns are misplaced and the plant is perfectly safe. But this is what they say ... the experts I have heard here today have good scientific credentials and they do NOT sound misinformed at all.

I have have three children at home, one Samantha has has some asthma like breathing problems, has been hospitalized for breathing difficulty her godmother is here and sat at the hospital with me. We have the nebulizer at home and all of that. The spokesperson for the power plant says that the plant can't be built if it won't conform to federal clean air standards.... but the attorney here has a long lost of on-going violations by other power plants operated by the power company, even the one that the representative says it will be like. If it is permitted, I would like to hear more about these violations and would like the council to also. Can I yield the rest of my time to the attorney who has the information the violations of clean air standards? (mayor hurley: No). Well that is too bad; but not surprising I guess.....I hope the council will not consider building this coal plant that independent experts question as a good use of our farmland...."