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 7

2. Frje Echeverria, 3213 Cherrywood, Cedar Falls

Hi I’m Frje Echeverria I live on - in CF, I forgot my address, I’ve gotten so excited…3213 Cherrywood. I am trying to understand how anyone could be for this plant? And I’ve been trying to figure that out for a couple years. Maybe a person would have to have blind faith in economic progress or they have to be so short sighted as not to ask questions or to be able to imagine environmental impact or to take it seriously. I think we should remember that the EPA and the DNR standards have been significantly weakened since the beginning of the Bush administration. I think asking questions is a good way to get unto the uncertainties we are facing. Consider what you know about and can imagine about this that has come up several times already. If 20 % of about 12 million gallons of water a day, is returned to the environment wet and 80% is returned as evaporation, then what is the effect on the environment down stream? When they don’t get that 9.5 million gallons of water a day down stream? What will happen to the waste deposited in the quarry? How will rain carry the materials into the ground water? I think we should all realize, it’s very telling, so much of the citizen speakers who represented so much research that they had done here, they’re research has been full of specifics. Thank you.