citizens of the Cedar Valley address the proposal for a coal burning power plant
City Council meeting
May 7, 2007
9. Edward C. Kunath, 408 Western Ave., Waterloo
I am by training and professional experience a power plant engineer. I have a lot of experience with power plants both here and abroad. When a power company comes to town and says that it’s going to build a clean power plant, I believe them. When they even say they are going to build the cleanest one in North America, I believe them. The difficulty is that any combustion process creates waste products. And the biggest problem we seem to be talking about tonight is the one with the air. Like a catalytic converter on a car, you have to clean the air. On a power plant these devices are called scrubbers. They are made of stainless steel. They are very expensive to buy and very expensive to maintain. They are consumable. So, when a power company comes to town and says they are going to build you a clean power plant, I believe them, but three, four, five, ten years down the road, I don’t. Because after a while, the maintenance costs associated become so high that dealing with the EPA and the government and the litigations associated merely becomes a cost of doing business. I came here from Detroit. One of the reasons I left Detroit is I didn’t want to breath thick air anymore. Let’s not create another Detroit.