Power, Dirty Air a study
by the Clean Air Task Force links asthma and
other respiratory illnesses and heart disease to
coal plant pollution.
Corpus Christi citizens protest the Las Brisas coal plant permit February 16, 2009.
Photos by Arnold Gonzalez
PRESS ADVISORY: Thursday, February 19, 2009
Donna Hoffman, Sierra Club, 512-299-5776, 512-477-1729
Decision on Climate Change
WHO: Sierra Club, NRG Texas Power LLC, Texas Commission
on Environmental Quality, and other Parties before
the State Office of Administrative Hearings
WHAT: Two Texas Administrative Law Judges Will Decide Whether
to Allow Testimony on Greenhouse Gas Emissions
from Proposed New Coal-Fired Power Plant.
WHEN: 9:00 AM Friday 2/20/09
WHERE: State Office of Administrative Hearings
300 W. 15th Street, Room 407D, Austin, TX 78701
The Sierra Club and other parties are opposing the construction
of a new large coal-fired power plant at NRGs Limestone County facility, near Groesbeck east of Waco. Tomorrow, Friday, February 20, at 9:00 AM, two state administrative law judges will decide whether or not to allow testimony regarding climate change and emissions of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) from the proposed new coal-fired power plant.
NRG Texas Power LLC, a subsidiary of New Jersey-based NRG, has acknowledged that climate change is a serious environmental issue, and has agreed to offset a portion of its greenhouse gas emissions from the proposed new plant. Yet, lawyers for the company have maneuvered to strike all references to CO2 or climate change from the week-long hearing, which commences on Monday.
Ken Kramer, Director of the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club said, Tomorrows decision will signal whether the State of Texas will join the growing ranks of states, the U.S. Supreme Court, the new presidential administration, and forward-looking Texas state legislators in accepting the challenge to address greenhouse gas emissions.