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Are Coal Plants Clean Enough?
East Texas Environmental Concerns Organization
sponsored an informational meeting, Are Coal Plants Clean, on
October 25th. We learned at the meeting that they are not clean
enough—they emit dangerous amounts of pollution that threaten the
air and environment of all East Texas residents.
As we stated in the publicity inviting folk to the meeting, our
purpose was to raise the consciousness of our community. We want
to stress to everyone that this is not a partisan issue. All of us
have to breathe, and we believe that the good people of Henderson
County and all of East Texas want what is best for ourselves, our
children, and our grandchildren. We recognize the need for
electricity and as we learned at the meeting, there is technology
available which can use coal for electricity without endangering
our health. If we can just take a collective deep breath and look
at all the options we will be doing ourselves and future
generations a huge favor.
In that light, our goal is to influence the permitting process to
reduce the allowable level of pollution from new power plants. ECO
has planned a follow up meeting for November 13th to be held at
the Women’s Building at the East Texas Arboretum, 1601 Patterson
Road, Athens, at 6:30 p.m. We will provide more information and
will focus on steps each of us can take to affect the power plant
permit process. Your help will make a difference for East Texas!
Please plan to attend. We need and value your input.
Three facts to remember:
17 of 124 coal-fired plants planned in the U.S. propose to use
gasification (none in Texas)
In Texas, power plants emit more pollution than chemical and
refining plants combined.
Texas power plants contribute a full 10 percent of the total
mercury admissions in the U.S. (Mercury is a toxic heavy metal
which can cause neurological damage, particularly in developing
fetuses, infants, and children.)
ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS ORGANIZATION
Athens, Texas 75751