We’re already on the hook for Plant Washington

Dear Editor,

Washington Timberland LLC —Dean Alford’s corporation — occupied some prime real estate in the legals section of last week’s Sandersville Progress for unpaid property taxes. Over six years ago Dean Alford announced that Plant Washington would almost double Washington County’s tax base, as Washington EMC, Industrial Development Authority, and business leaders nodded in agreement.

That’s not how is has worked out at all.

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 FACE President to EPA: Kids deserve clean air

Yesterday four FACE leaders spoke at the EPA’s public comment session on control carbon pollution. Hundred of citizens, including elected officials, faith leaders, physicians, retired military personnel, fire fighters, and children spoke and rallied for limits on carbon emissions from power plants and other industrial sites. Today’s Macon Telegraph quotes FACE President Larry Warthen urging the EPA to adopt strong carbon limits because children deserve cleaners air. Warthen told the EPA panel, “No child should have limited access to enjoy the great outdoors and do the normal things that kids do without an inhaler.” Carbon pollution contributes to poor air quality, which impacts anyone with asthma and respiratory illnesses. Lyle Lansdell told the EPA that she and other farmers are struggling to grow the food we need because carbon is contributing to extreme weather conditions. Record high temperatures in May last year followed by almost seven times the normal rainfall in June wrecked havoc on both her crops and livestock. Lansdell said we have been “short-sighted” in regards to climate impacting emissions. At last count almost 6 Million people have submitted comments asking the EPA to require strong carbon emission standards. Tell the EPA you want the proposed carbon pollution standards to be adopted. 

There’s more to Plant Washington than Coal

Washington EMC
The owner/members (power customers) of Washington Electric Membership Co-op (WEMC) have learned a lot about their co-op since Plant Washington, and WEMC’s support of the plant, was announced over six years ago. WEMC has spent $1Million dollars for the owner/members money on Plant Washington but we have had no say in these decisions.
WEMC is not required to use competitive bidding for Power Purchase Agreements (PPA) even though many contracts to purchase power for the owner/members can last more than 20 years. Continue reading “There’s more to Plant Washington than Coal”

Local citizens learn more about the risks of Plant Washington

County Commissioners Horace Daniel and Edward Burton joined approximately 75 citizens for a community meeting at New Light Fellowship Church in Warthen hosted by GreenLaw and the Fall-line Alliance for a Clean Environment (FACE) last week. Greenlaw attorneys MaKara Rumley and Ashten Bailey shared information from national organizations like the American Lung Association, NAACP, and census records to help local citizens understand more about how Plant Washington was proposed for our community, the health impacts of coal, and the alternatives to generating electricity by burning coal. Citizens learned that:

  • 71 percent of African-Americans live in counties where air quality standards are violated
  • Almost 68 percent of African-Americans live within 30 miles of a coal plant

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