Protect Montana From Dirty Coal Pollution!

  • by: Sierra Club
  • target: Mr. Carl Daly -- Director, Air Program, EPA Region 8
Coal pollution standards currently being considered by the EPA for Montana don't require the Colstrip Power Plant to install the same pollution controls that hundreds of coal plants across the country already have. The current proposal will sacrifice our health and our Big Montana Sky for Pennsylvania Power and Light's Profits (PPL) -- operators of the Colstrip Plant.

Fortunately, this is just a draft proposal and we still have time to demand the EPA do the right thing and require Colstrip install 21st century technology that will protect Montana from dirty coal pollution.

Tell the EPA to protect Montana and urge them to pass strong coal pollution standards.
Subject: It's Time To Clean Up Colstrip; require SCR Technology

Dear Mr. Daly,

In Montana, we take clean air seriously. Clean air is what gives us our Big Sky, our fine health, and the incredible quality of life we enjoy in our state. We also believe in a fair deal here. That is why I was so disappointed when I read that even though the EPA identified a cost effective technology that could clean up Colstrip, you chose to let them off the hook by requiring lesser technology.

Under the draft plan already developed and available for public comment, your office has determined that SCR technology is the best technology for Colstrip. Furthermore, this technology is already in use at more than 200 facilities across the country, including facilities like the Hardin Power Plant here in Montana. While I understand your primary concern is view sheds, I look at this differently, as I live here and I breathe the air. Nitrogen pollution contributes to a broad spectrum of health problems. It's no wonder that the county in which Colstrip stands also has the 3rd highest asthma rates in the state. It appears that the only reason that you are selecting lesser technology is to save polluters a few dollars.

Please require that the owners of Colstrip install the best technology, SCR, to reduce haze causing pollution. My Montana, my health, and our children deserve better than second rate protections.
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