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EPA Hosting Public Hearing to Discuss Citizen Concerns Over MCCO University Circle Coal Powerplant Permit Renewal
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Thu, 06/24/2010 - 05:44.
08/10/2010 - 16:30
08/10/2010 - 18:45
Thanks to the timely, effective intervention of the Sierra Club, the Environmental Protection Agency has agreed to hold a public hearing for citizens to discuss their concerns about the renewal of the permit for the Medical Center Company (MCCO) to burn coal in their powerplant in University Circle (above), harming residents and workers in the densely populated and economically distressed surrounding neighborhood.
As I have previously posted on realNEO, "one of the most serious sources of pollution in Cuyahoga County is literally in my back yard... coal and natural gas fired external boilers at University Hospitals, operated by Medical Center Company (MCCo), polluting the surrounding neighborhoods since the 1930s." This coal plant is not well publicized - my family did not know it existed when we moved to this neighborhood, and my neighbors are generally not aware it exists. Nor is it well publicized that it provides heat to Case Western Reserve University, and that there are plans for MCCO to build another coal plant less than one kilometer from the current plant.
It was certainly not well publicized that the EPA permit for the current MCCO coal burning facility was coming up for renewal with the EPA - apparently they ran an announcement in the PD... did you notice?!?! Now you know.
The association of this coal plant with Case is kept secret as smart young people hate pollution, and there is great negative global attention on campuses that burn coal, including Case.
The Sierra Club has orchestrated a national "Campuses Beyond Coal" program working to move all US and so Ohio colleges off coal and to clean, renewable energy - "Campuses Beyond Coal is a joint effort between the Sierra Student Coalition and the Sierra Club to move our nation's universities beyond coal to 100% clean energy solutions. We aim to shut down or replace campus-based coal plants and end our schools' dependence on the coal-generated electricity they purchase".
In addition to Case, eight other Ohio colleges burn coal, including Oberlin and Ohio University. The Sierra Club intends to get them all off coal.
While inquiring into the current status of the MCCO plant - emissions, violations, etc... - the Sierra Club determined the license for the current MCCO coal facility is pending immediate approval for renewal, and the Sierra Club requested a public hearing.
The Sierra Club just informed me their request was granted... there will be a public hearing about the current MCCO coal burning plant permit on August 10, 2010, from 4:30-6:45 PM - a major victory for Northeast Ohio citizens and our environment.
PUT THIS DATE ON YOUR SCHEDULE AND PLAN TO ATTEND... IT WILL BE A VERY EDUCATIONAL AND EMPOWERING HEARING.
NOTE - BECAUSE OF SIGNIFICANT FEEDBACK FROM THE PUBLIC ABOUT THE INCONVENIENCE OF THE ORIGINAL CHOICE OF VENUE FOR THIS PUBLIC HEARING (AS IDENTIFIED BELOW) THE MEETING HAS BEEN MOVED TO THE MLK CLEVELAND PUBLIC LIBRARY ON STOKES, AS NOW INDICATED FOR THIS EVENT - GOOD WORK CITIZENS!
I will keep this calendar listing updated with any venue changes... PUT THIS DATE ON YOUR SCHEDULE AND PLAN TO ATTEND...
Attached is some related literature from the EPA and Sierra Club about coal and MCCO.
Our contacts with the Sierra Club for related matters are Nachy Kanfer - nachy [dot] kanfer [at] sierraclub [dot] org - and Mattie Reitman - mattie [dot] reitman [at] sierraclub [dot] org - and they will definitely welcome any outreach from you with questions and offering help.
I look forward to seeing you in August.
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