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16 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, May 2 - May 8, 2003 Environmental groups rate air quality a 'good, bad and ugly' By Jim Cresson Citing the latest Delaware Toxi- cs Release Inventory (TRI) report that shows a combined total of 4,173,996 pounds of toxic releas- es from the two power generation plants in Delaware, Clean Air Council state coordinator John Kearney said more needs to be done to reduce air pollution here and around the nation. Keamey joined Debbie Heaton of the Delaware Sierra Club, Eileen Butler of Delaware Nature Society, Tll Pumell of the League of Women Voters, Matt Del Pizzo of the Delaware Chapter of Audubon Society and citizen Bill Zak in a phone-linked press con- ference with state media, April 28. Keamey noted that TRI statis- tics show a decline in toxic air pollution since 1998 when the In- dian River Power Plant and Conectiv's Edge Moor plant, now called the Hay Road/Edge Moor facility, produced a combined 5,960,915 pounds of toxic releas- es into the air. But he said the de- cline is far from enough and with- out stricter federal pollution stan- dards to force companies to lower their emissions, the problem will never improve. • "There are three pieces of feder- al legislation to amend the Clean Air Act by reducing toxic emis- sions and improving air quality nationwide," said Kearney. "There is the Jeffords/Lieberman Clean Power Act known as S. 366, the Carper Clean Air Planning Act, known as S. 843 and the Bush administration's Clear Skies Act known as S. 485. All of our environmental groups represented here today support the Jeffords/Lieberman Clean Power Act, which is cosponsored by Sen. Joe Biden." Audubon society's Del Pizzo said the three bills remind him of an old movie. "What we have here is the good, the bad and the ugly," said Del Pizzo. "Jeffords' bill is good; Carper's bill is bad and the Bush bill is ugly." Keamey said the recently intro- duced Carper Clean Air Planning Act falls short in what environ- mentalists believe are two crucial- ly important areas of improving air quality. "We're very thankful for the fact that Sen. Carper has taken on and championed the ef- fort to control pollution," Keamey said. "Because of Sen. Carper, we may actually see one of these bills pass this year. His is a sound re- buke of the Bush administration's Clear Skies Act. The Bush bill does not deal with carbon pollu- tion which causes global warm- ing. Sen. Carper's plan does, but we feel it doesn't go far enough, and we have several concerns. We'd like to work with Sen. Carp- er's staff to improve the bill." Delaware Nature Society's But- ler said: "In comparison to the Bush plan, Sen. Carper's bill would reduce pollution. But the key question is whether the bill strengthens current pollution laws, and it doesn't. It appears to me that Carper's fast priority is to defeat the Bush administration plan. We think the first priority should be to dean up the air." • Delaware Chapter Sierra Club's Heaton said unfolded the current Delaware Fishing Guide with its health advisories that tell how tox- ic chemicals tend to concentrate in the fatty tissue of fish. The advi- sories note that mercury contami- nation has been found in the Delaware River and Bay, St. Jones, River and Becks Pond. People are advised to limit what they eat from several areas in Delaware. "We have a vital fishing indus- try here and a huge sport fishing industry. People are advised not to eat fish from certain areas. On code red days during summer, even healthy people are advised to limit their outdoor activity. We'd like to change that. We'd like the Congress to pass the Jeffords bill and get serious about controlling air pollution." "Indian River Power Plant is a prime example of an old coal- fired power plant that needs to be forced to improve its pollution controls," said Del Pizzo. League of Women Voter's Pur- nell concurred with Del Pizzo. "I would hope either Sen. Carper's bill could be stiffened or he and Sen Jeffords could get together and create a bill that would defeat the Bush administration plan and improve the environment." Zak noted: "I'm not sure there is really a need for Indian River Power Plant any longer. I know that Delaware Electric Coopera- tive imports a lot of its electricity from a nuclear power plant in Vir- ginia. Indian River Power Plant exports a lot of the electricity it generates. It is one of the top 12 polluters in the nation. Do we re- ally need that power plant? I in- tend to find out." Butler noted that Carper's bill is obviously an attempt to find the political middle ground between the Bush administration bill and the Jeffords/Lieberman bill. "If the Carper bill passes the House and goes to conference with the Senate-backed Bush bill it would be a case of trying to fmd a com- promise between the bad and the ugly. I wonder what we would call that?" Pumell responded: "We'd call it the bugly bill, what else?" Under current federal standards of the Clean Air Act, Indian River Power Plant emitted the following amounts of toxics into the air, land and water in 2001: • 15,000 pounds of ammonia, • 291,805 pounds of barium compounds, • 54,835 pounds of chromium compounds, • 28,115 pounds of copper com- pounds, • 1,630,580 pounds of hy- drochloric acid aerosols, • 130,000 pounds of hydrogen fluoride, • 17,413 pounds of lead com- pounds, • 51;005 pounds of manganese compounds, • 191 pounds of a mercury com- pounds, • 31,595 pounds of nickel com- pounds, • 76 pounds polycyclic aromatic compounds, • 84,000 pounds of sulfuric acid aerosols, • 56,625 pounds of vanadium compounds, • 42,385 pounds of zinc com- pounds As they have for the past five years of TRI reporting, Indian River Power Plant and Edge Moor/Hay Road Power Plant are ranked first and second, respec- tively, on the list of top state pol- luters. And, as it has for the past five years, Motiva Industries ranks third on the list. The fallout from those air pol- luting power plants is linked to many respiratory ailments. As noted by the EPA Emissions Tracking System report for Delaware: • particulate matter pollution can lead to neonatal death, cause serious health impacts such as asthma attacks, and slow lung function growth; • ozone smog may permanently damage and stunt developing lungs, triggering asthma attacks and possibly causing asthma; • air toxics like mercury and chromium can have devastating impacts on children and neonatal development, acting as carcino- gens and neurotoxins. Save with Nationwide's Home & Car Discount. Insure both your home and car with Nationwide °, and get a money-saving discount on both. Call me or stop by. We're on your side. Patrick Erhardt Associate Agent 200 N. 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