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t 14 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Oct. 19 - Oct. 25, 2001 Clean Air amendment targets Indian, River 00power plant By Jim Cresson The Indian River Power Plant, the biggest air polluter in Delaware and among the top 12 percent Of air polluters nation- wide, is among the power plants targeted tn Capitol Hill in a bill cosponsored by Sen. Tom Carper. The Clean Power Act of 200J, a bill to amend the Clean Air Act, would require the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) admin- istrator to "promulgate regulations to achieve specified reductions in emissions of sulfur dioxide, nitro- ten oxide, carbon dioxide and mercury from power plants by Jan. I, 20f)7. As set firth in the bill, the Clean Power Act of 2001 contains power plant emission reductions objec- tives in all states that would re- duce aereate sulfur dioxide emissions by 75 percent, aggre- gate nitrogen oxide emissions by 75 percent, aggregate carbon dioxide emissions to the level of emissions from power plants in 1990, and aggregate mercury emissions by 90 percent from 1999 levels. In effect, proponents of the leg- islation note. the Clean Power Act of 2001 would close a loophole that was left open in the Clean Air Act of the early 1970s. That Ioop- ilote has allowed 10-times more smokestack emissions fl'om power plants than from all other industri- al operations in Delaware and na- tionwide. A broad coalition of national en- vironmental protection and aware-' hess groups called the Clean Air Council has begun its public in- formation campaign to spread the word about harmful smokestack emissions and gain support from American citizens in the group's effort to back the Clean Power Act of 2001. The Clean Air Council currently has teams of its members touring states and holding press confer- ences on the smokestack issues. The campaign came to Delaware, Oct. 16, and held press confer- ences in Wilmington and George- town. Led by Clean Air Council staff attorney John Kearney and Clear the Air Delaware organizer An- drew Hudson, the team was joined on The Circle by Iongtime envi- ronmental activist Til Purnell of Angola. "This is a press conference call- ing for the cleanup of Delaware's dirtiest power plant and revealing the immense damage to public health and the environment done by the Indian River Power Plant," said Kearney. "Southern Delaware residents are suffering under an unnecessar- ily high level of air pollution," Jim Cresson photo Supporters.of a federal amendment to the Clean Air Act that would cut down on hazardous smokestack emissions from Indian River Power Plant gather in Georgetown, Oct. 16. Shown leading the press conference are (l-r) Til Purnell, Andrew Hudson and John Kearney. Kearney continued. "Despite be- ing a small State, Delaware's six major power plants are fired by fossil fuels and emit pollutants in- to the air that damage health, in- jure children, kill crops and defor- est parks. "Those emissions cause global warming, more severe weather patterns, more hurricanes, acid rain, asthma, birth defects and fish kills." Hudson explained that when Congress allowed the loophole in the Clean Air Act, it assumed coal-fired power plants would not still be'on line 30 years later. "We need more than a quick fix, more than a temporary solution," he said. "We need a permanent fix, and this legislation will do that" Purnell suggested that all'coal- fired power plants be required to burn hard coal instead of soft coal. Kearney said the current Clean Power Act of 2001 calls for the EPA tO require more emission controls to reach the desired emis- sion reduction objectives. "We don't go after the individ- ual states to change their emission standards," he said. "We focus on the national standards. The Clean Air Council, founded in 1967, is one of the region's oldest environ- mental groups. "Our belief is l:hat cleaning up old power plants like Indian River Power Plant is the most signifi- cant single thing we can to clean up air pollution." The coalition thanked Carper for his leadership role in tackling the problem of smokestack emis- sions from power plants. 21 offices plus conference rooms fOr in 9 year old building with history. Route 1 North of Nassau with views of Red Mill Pond. Call now a tour. List #9261R. 112101 Woffe Pointe photo credit Eric Crossan