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Local Gov'ts: There's No "Clean Coal" in Virginia

March 14, 2008

Wise County, VA - A proposal by Dominion Power to build a coal-fired power plant in Wise County is drawing heat from D.C.-area activists and local government. They oppose the increased pollution and higher energy costs they say would result from the proposed plant in Virginia City.

A coalition of Washington-area municipalities has warned that the plant's emissions would worsen air quality in the nation's capital, and environmentalists say conservation measures and green energy would cost less than burning coal.

The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments said the plant would increase pollution around Washington, where air quality already poses health risks. Virginia Sierra Club Conservation Director Glen Besa contends that, no matter what the industry says, coal plants just aren't clean.

"There really isn't any such thing as 'clean coal.' In fact, the price of coal is going up and the cost of using coal is going to go considerably higher as we begin to address the pollution issues associated with global warming."

The power company says the project would create jobs in Wise County, but Besa says there are better ways to boost the region's economy.

"There is a real need for jobs in southwestern Virginia, so we need to actually make investments that are going to improve the quality of life and incomes for southwestern Virginians. Blowing up mountains and destroying the landscape does not do that."

According to Dominion, the proposed 585-megawatt plant is needed to meet Virginia's growing power needs. Besa counters that conservation measures and investing in renewable energy sources would mean more jobs and lower costs.

John Robinson/Don Mathisen, Public News Service - VA