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1- m CCP callingfor public health involvement with Indian River Power Plant Power plant regulation hearings coming up in September By Rachel Swick Cape Gazette staff The Citizens for Clean Power are calling for the state's public health department to get involved in pollution regulation hearings for power plants. One study shows that people living within 30 miles of an old coal-fired power plant are five times more likely to suffer from diseases or mortality. The Indian River Power Plant is approximately 19 miles from Lewes. Throughout the process of cre- ating draft regulations for power plants, the public health depart- ment has not been involved, say advocates for cleaner power. CCP, a local grassroots organization based in Lewes, wants Jaime Rivera, director of the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH), to be personally involved and pro- vide testimony at the upcoming hearing in Dover. "The Division of Public Health's mission is to protect and enhance the health of the people of Delaware by addressing issues that affect the health of Delawareans," said Bill Zak, founder of CCP. "Among the serious public health problems caused and exacerbated by these air pollutants emitted from the electric power sector include asth- ma, respiratory disease, hearth attacks and premature death." The CCP is in ongoing talks with the state about the regula- tions, working on analyzing the specific regulations outlined in the proposal. Zak said some of the regulations are close to what CCP is requesting. The group is especially happy about the mercu- ry regulations, which will cut mercury pollution by more than half. Rivera said the Division of Public Health does not regulate power plants. He said the division is participating in dialogue that will lead to rule development and Continued on page 16 Pollution facts: A Harvard Health Study in 2000 noted that anyone living with- in 30 miles of an old coal plant is 5 times more likely to suffer dis- ease or mortality than the normal population. Infant mortality in Delaware is the sixth worse in the country. The American Lung Association gave Sussex County a failing grade for its air for the past two years. Mercury, a by-product of burning coal, contributes to neurolog- ical diseases and likely contributes to increases in the occurrence of autism. There are a greater percentage of students suffering from autism and mental retardation living downwind of the plant. The cost of education for one average student is about $9,000 annually, compared to the $80,000 it costs for one student in spe- cial education programs. The families of afflicted children bear the enormous emotional cost and the taxpayers pay the increased tax cost. The two plants under review, NRG's Indian River Power Plant in Millsboro and the Edge Moor plant in Wilmington, produce 75 percent of Delaware's pollution. I 0000rott00t00t00t00t tal Moisture C, Cleaner Healthier Living i is only a phone call away! Ez Breathe Ventilation Systems DECO Waterproofing Coating and Sealants TMC 2000 Exterior Sheathing and Housewrap Replacement CleanSpace Crawlspace Encapsulation Systems : CAPE GAZETTE - Friday, September 1 - Monday, September 4, 2006 - 15 PROTECT YOUR HOME AND FAMILY TODAY! For more information or a FREE brochure on any of our products, please call 302.541.9245 or visit our w6bsite Traditional Taekwondo instruction with an emphasis on character development and self-discipline. Classes "l-'ark ' s meet Mon and Thurs at 5pm and Wed at 6pm. Open all year/ Lowest rates in the area and NO contractsl /Vlartial www.ParksMertielArts.oom or call us at 2Z6-5853 A .4-g Located above Abizak's, 4120 Highway One - Rehoboth Beach