WWALS Watershed Coalition advocates for conservation and stewardship of the Withlacoochee, Willacoochee, Alapaha, Little, and Suwannee River watersheds in south Georgia and north Florida through education, awareness, environmental monitoring, and citizen activities.
Georgia Power (and Florida Power & Light and Jacksonville Electric Authority) created the coal ash;
they can find ways to dispose of it safely on their own land.
And if FPL is shutting down coal plants, how about shutting down
its Unit 4 at Plant Scherer, which sends mercury into our Alapaha River.
FPL bought into that unit decades ago with the same excuses it’s using for the Sabal Trail fracked methane pipeline now: shutting down a different generating plant, and alleged (now admitted false) need for more electricity.
The Georgia Power coal ash pond at Plant Scherer, seen here in this undated company photo, will be closed over the next three years. Fabian, Liz – Macon
Special to The [Macon] Telegraph
As Suwannee Riverkeeper
this year’s meeting in May,
I told Fanning we don’t want SO’s
coal ash in any
landfill on any river in the Suwannee River Basin;
I asked him for solar panels at Moody Air Force Base to shut down
a natural gas pipeline; and I questioned SO’s acquisition of Pivotal LNG
with its deal to ship liquid natural gas in bomb trucks down I-75 and I-10 to Jacksonville, Florida.
I reminded our genial host of my question five years ago,
with the handwriting already on the wall since the Atlanta Journal-Constitution
had then just referred to Plant Vogtle as a financial quagmire.
This time I asked Fanning to lead us all to sun and wind power.
Justice Scalia never said the EPA emissions rule was struck down,
rather the Supreme Court sent it back to a lower court to
get a cost analysis from EPA.
Meanwhile, many of the emissions controls are already in place
on coal plants (including Plant Scherer),
other coal plants have closed or are closing,
and investors are abandoning coal in droves.
So what Scalia wants may or may not be impossible for EPA
to deliver, but EPA actually already has helped sink dirty coal.
Meanwhile, Georgia Power finally is helping the sun rise on Georgia.
So the prognosis is good for less mercury in the Alapaha River.
The EPA should account for all costs before making a ruling on mercury
or other coal plant emissions, according to a 5:4 majority of the Supreme Court.
The dissenting minority points out not only are costs usually figured
in during the follow-on process for specific limits, but that actual costs
can’t even be computed without knowing those limits.
So Coal Plant Scherer mercury in the Alapaha River
can’t be limited without figuring all the costs first, says the SCOTUS majority,
although EPA and the Court minority point to numerous well-known medical
problems caused by mercury.
Are profits for a few big utilities and coal companies more important
than clean water and public health,
especially now that there are cleaner, safer, faster-to-build, and
less expensive renewable energy sources available in solar and wind power?