Start from scratch

Published 8:36 pm Tuesday, August 17, 2010

The Longleaf Energy Station coal-fire plant proposed in Early County has too many questions that must be answered before any permit be re-issued.

Why has the State of Georgia permitted the 1,200-megawatt plant as a minor source of hazardous air pollutants?

Why is a Washington County coal-fired plant with lesser pollutants permitted as a major source of hazardous air pollutants?

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The proposed plant in Early County will certainly affect us here.

There will be an increase in mercury in our waters.

There will be an increase of other pollutants such as carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides.

But why is the state downplaying the potential for pollution in the Longleaf plant?

How come the plant was given special consideration in its extension for a permit?

Decatur Countians will certainly have to suffer with the pollutants for years and years to come, and we won’t bank on the state making sure the coal-fired plant be up to snuff in its permitting.

Start from scratch and come up with a cleaner source of energy to sell outside the area.