citizens of the Cedar Valley address the proposal for a coal burning power plant
City Council meeting
May 7, 2007
8. Linda Laylen
My name is Linda Laylen, I am with the Greater Cedar Valley Alliance.
When LS Power first contacted the Economic Development Office it was in Oc tober, 2003…At that time they were conducting site evaluations for the proposed plant. Since that time tremendous hours has been spent reading, listening and researching coal plants. And we do believe that this is a good project for the city of Waterloo and the Cedar Valley.
We have always known that it is not the role of the City of Waterloo to determine if this plant is needed or if this plant is safe. As we’ve heard tonight, this will be the job of the EPA, the DNR, and the IUB. They are the experts, not us. For months many of us, including you Mayor, have been asked technical questions about So2, Co2, Mercury levels and emissions control. These are questions that need to be address, and will be addressed, but they will be directed to those individuals and agencies that will have the technical knowledge and understanding of air, water, soil, and protection standards. Tonight you are not deciding if this plant meets all the requirements necessary. You are being asked to consider if it makes good sense for the city of Waterloo to annex and rezone the property.
If the experts determine that this plant is needed, and if the experts determine that this plant is safe to build, once it’s constructed and operational, almost $1 million in annual tax revenue will be directed to the city of Waterloo by taking this action tonight. For that reason I encourage you to vote yes.