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"Dirty Coal" Called Threat to Iowa's Health, Water, and Climate

May 22, 2007

A new coal-fired power plant may be in the works for Iowa, and critics say it's not a welcome neighbor. Located near Waterloo, the proposed plant would be built by L.S. Power of New Jersey. Supporters of coal power plants say they're a cheap way to produce electricity, but critics point toward costs to health, water quality, and climate change. Carrie LaSuer with Plains Justice points out that the plant would emit carbon dioxide that would be equivalent to nearly a million new cars on Iowa's roads every day for its 50 year lifetime.

“We are in a desperate fight to rein in global warming, and this plant will dig us a hole that all our best efforts can't remedy.”

The governor recently signed a law that establishes a Climate Change Advisory Council, which is charged with developing innovative energy solutions for Iowa. LaSuer wants all new power plant proposals to be put on hold until that council can come with a plan for the state's energy future.

“[We need] to give the advisory council a chance to determine what energy solutions make sense for Iowa today, and not to assume we should just continue to do the same things we've done in the past.”

She adds that the plant will also pollute eastern Iowa's waters and fish with heavy metals. There are already points on the Iowa and Cedar Rivers where an adult can eat only a few 6 ounce servings per month of game fish and stay under the EPA's safety level for mercury.

Dick Layman/Chris Thomas, Public News Service - IA