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

4. Hugh Field, 561 Sunset Rd, Waterloo

Good evening, my name is Hugh Field, I live in Waterloo, 561 Sunset Rd.
I’m here tonight as the President of the Waterloo Industrial Development Association. Back in December the Waterloo Industrial Development Assoc endorsed this project subject to a number of provisos.

One of those with that there would be satisfactory agreements with the waterworks in the city with regard to having adequate water supply and sewage disposal. That was an issue in December, as I understand now, that is not an issue.

We also called for a transportation study to make certain that this project would not as some people suggest make for dangerous situations in the community by isolating areas from police and fire and ambulance protection, and I believe we heard assurances tonight of a traffic study just like we had called for, and I think which was underway as a matter of fact at the time at the mayor’s requirement…ah, that that requirement has also been met.

And the third issue that we raised is one that still remains to be done, and that is having experts at the Iowa Dept. of Natural Resources review this project to make decisions with regard to it. Whether it meets the environmental requirements that we’ve heard quite a bit of concern about tonight. That’s one of the reason we have the DNR to do this kind of thing, that, you know…none of you probably, after tonight, from having heard from a lot of people, would claim to be experts on these environmental issues. If you do I guess it’s a little bit like the joke I made a few minutes ago…that I got to be an expert on the law this afternoon….I spent 15 minutes doing research on XXX …that’s not the kind of way you get to be now with this three-hour marathon that we’re in…that’s not the way you get to be experts. The DNR have experts, they are experts, and I would look to them to make the decisions with regard to these matters.

Based upon those factors we endorse the projects subject to provisions and would ask for your favorable action. I still I still have 41 seconds…I hate to waste that time but I thank you for your time this evening.