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Cape Gazette NEWS TUESDAY, JUNE 24 - THURSDAY, JUNE 26, 2008 13 Indian River power plant wants new, lined fly ash landfill Public hearing set Thursday, June 26 By Leah Hoenen leah@capegazette.com A pile of fly ash stored in an unlined landfall at the Indian Riv- er power plant is nearly 100 feet high and that is as high as it can get, state officials say. A public hearing will be held Thursday, June 26, on a request- ed permit to build a new, lined landfill at the coal-burning pow- er plant. The unlined stack of ash will reach its height limit within a year, said Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) Solid and Hazardous Waste engineer ]ae- Soo Chang. NRG Ener, the owner of the power plant, has asked state offi- cials for a permit to construct a new, lined landfdl adjacent to the unlined one at the Millsboro plant. NRG officials were not avail- able for comment. Chang said the permit is for a lined landfill with a system to collect any material that leaches out between the fly ash and the bottom liner. ]olin Austin, a former Environ- mental Protection Agency scien- tist, requested the public hearing. He said industrial landfills are re- quired to have a single liner with a collection system to stop con- taminants leaching out. Haz- ardons waste landfills must have double liners, said Austin. He said he is concerned ash will get into sediments, fish and shellfish. Coal combustion ash contains arsenic, a known hu- man carcinogen, Austin said. Austin also questions the state for allowing a landfill to be con- structed within the coastal zone. The 100-year flood zone is seven feet, and the landfill site is 10 feet in elevation, he said. The cooling water intake of the power plant has previously been the target of criticism. Three of the four units at the plant use once-through water- cooling systems, which are not considered the best teclihnology available to protect fish. Hun- dreds of thousands of Inland Bays fish perish in the cooling systems each year, research con- ducted by NRG&apos;s consultant has found. Local environmentalists are al- so concerned about toxic sub- stances getting into fish because people who consume contami- nated fish and shellfish would have an increased risk of health problems. Mereury and arsenic are among heavy metals resulting from coal combustion that can cause heart disease, cancer, mis- carriages, infant deaths and asth- ma, said Rehoboth Beach naturo- pathic physician Kim Furtado. Austin said arsenic has been found to have leached into groundwater already at the pow- er plant site. He said once the current land- fiU is Closed and covered, fly ash will no longer be able to blow off the top of the stack, but contami- nants can still wash into the groundwater. The public hearing will be held at 6 p.m., Thursday, June 26, at the Millsboro Civic Center, 322 Wilson Highway, in Millsboro. Environmentalists call greenhouse gas bill inadequate; Bunting votes against it By Leah Hoenen leah@capegazette.com On a 17-3 vote, the state Senate passed a bill that would allow Delaware to participate in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initia- tive cap-and-trade system for greenhouse gas emissions. The bill now heads to the House. Environmentalists who might be expected to support the plan have decried the legislation. That is because Delaware's plan would allow polluters to pur- chase greenhouse gas emissions allowances on a phased-in sys- tem beginning at 60 percent, meaning they would receive the first 40 percent of the .allowances free. Other Northeast states in- volved in the Regional Green- house Gas Initiative (RGGI) are requiring polluters to buy 100 percent of their allowances from the beginning. Sen. George Bunting, D- Bethany Beach, was one of three senators who opposed the meas- ure. "I think we are going down a really dangerous road with this cap-and-trade system," said Bunting, who had proposed an amendment to increase the al- lowances sold to 100 percent: He said cap-and-trade systems need federal help, including incentives for power plants to upgrade their technology. Green Delaware applauded Bunting's amendment and said the state must collect the full val- ue of the emissions allowances from its polluters and use that money to reduce energy use in the state. The environmentalist group also said it would rather see a straight tax on carbon emissions, rather than the sale of emissions allowances. Green Delaware calls the bill a giveaway to polluters. Nick DiPasquale, conservation chairman for Delaware Audubon, was a member of the advisory committee that worked to establish a plan for Delaware to participate in RGGI. "Delaware's bill will give the fossil-fueled generators, the biggest polluters in the state, a huge .windfall that is unearned and undeserved and provides an Continued on page 14 Rehoboth Continued from page 10 - When the. commissioners de- liberated their decision, two mo- tions were made. Commissioner Kathy McGuiness made a mo- tion to alIow the Livermans to cut down seven of the trees and then Commissioner Paul Kuhns amended that motion to include the remaining five trees because they were hazardous and a nui- sance. Barbour said the trees did not represent a material nuisance and by voting on the amend- ment, the commissioners were creating a variance from the code. Commissioner Pat Coluzzi said two of the five trees in Kuhns' motion Should come down but didn't know whether the remaining three trees consti- tuted a nuisance. 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