Tell Georgia EPD: No Permit Extension for Plant Washington
In June 2012, Georgia's Environmental Protection Division (EPD) finalized air permits for POWER4Georgians to start constructing the coal-burning Plant Washington within 18 months. By November 2013, the company failed to commence construction. It also failed to prove it had any agreements to sell the expensive, dirty power the plant would produce, or other financial backing necessary to continue development – thanks to EMC utilities backing out under pressure from SACE and others. In the meantime, new clean air protections went into effect that POWER4Georgians has not demonstrated it can meet at the Plant Washington site. To keep the project on life support, the company requested a permit extension, and EPD is accepting comments on this misguided request until this Friday, May 2.
Tell EPD that Plant Washington hasn’t broken ground because it’s a financially unsound project with environmental and economic problems, and its permit extension should be DENIED.
Please also join us in sending in sending your comments to the EPA by May 9th to say that Plant Washington should not be considered an “existing source” of carbon emissions since construction hasn’t even started.