More Friction for TXU Over those Dang Coal-Fired Plants- from Federal EPA AND a Green Group Tells Banks not to give TXU moneySomervell County Salon-Glen Rose, Rainbow, Nemo, Glass....Texas


More Friction for TXU Over those Dang Coal-Fired Plants- from Federal EPA AND a Green Group Tells Banks not to give TXU money

14 December 2006 at 11:06:44 PM

Good. Looks like there's quite a few entities that are not rolling over like Perry did to favor TXU.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is raising concerns that the proposed permits for TXU power plants in McLennan County might cause a smog problem in Central Texas.

In recent formal comments to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, regional EPA officials suggested that the state agency is not adequately taking into account the cumulative impact of the region’s proposed coal plants.

...In letters commenting on the permits for Lake Creek and Tradinghouse, EPA officials said more monitoring and analysis are needed to ensure the new plants don’t drive Waco and Robertson County into federal “nonattainment” status for ozone pollution.

“Due to the ozone attainment challenges in Texas, EPA is concerned about the cumulative impacts of the proposed new power plants, especially on ozone levels,” wrote Jeff Robinson, EPA air permits chief, in a six-page letter to the TCEQ on Nov. 27.

EPA officials also question whether TXU has proved that the pollution controls the company is proposing represent the “best available control technology,” as the Clean Air Act requires.


It is the latest in a string of challenges to TXU expansion plans by environmental, community and business groups concerned that the pulverized coal plants will dirty Texas' air and spew greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

The Rainforest Action Network (RAN) said it sent letters asking 54 financial institutions not to participate in lending TXU US$11 billion to fund construction of the plants.

According to RAN, the plants will produce 78 million tons of new carbon dioxide emissions per year, greater than the greenhouse-gas emissions of 21 US states or the entire emissions reduction commitment of Japan under the Kyoto Protocol.

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