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17 February 2009, 6:35 PM

One of the last dirty coal power plants on tap in the Sunshine State could get cleaner, thanks to new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Secretary Lisa Jackson and her wise decision to take another look at regulating carbon dioxide emissions under the Clean Air Act.

The proposed 750-megawatt Seminole Electric coal generator in Palatka (Northeast Florida, south of Daytona Beach) got its approval from Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection in September 2008. Representing the Sierra Club, Earthjustice filed an appeal in Florida's First District Court of Appeal a month later.

Earthjustice's lawsuit points out that Seminole Electric isn't planning to use the best available technology to control the damaging pollution that will spew from the smokestacks. Any decision the EPA makes on carbon dioxide regulation will have bearing on our case.

We're urging Florida Gov. Charlie Crist to direct his Department of Environmental Protection agency secretary Mike Sole to withdraw Seminole Electric's permit and start again.

I must add an article I wrote a while ago that tries to send a message:
With all due respect to former Vice-President Al Gore, given his many years of dedication and his recently awarded Pulitzer Prize for his work on making the world aware of “Global Warming” and though still shrouded in some controversy, our even greater world problem is “Global Pollution”.
Al Gore's Decree on Global Warming is Not Our Only Crisis

We have to clean up our air because if we don't we kill everything around us and that is a fact.

This is a good sign! The Bush/Cheney oligarchy is out of power less than 2 months and already we're feeling the rippling effects of POSITIVE LEGISLATION and proactive leadership in government (w/o iniatiating military conflagrations).

As a resident of Palatka, it is imperative that we convince the DEP to rethink the approval given to Seminole Electric to build another plant. In addition to adding environmental pollutants into the atmosphere,the plant won't even needed for a number of years. Seminole Electric wanted to get approval before the new clean air regulations went into effect this past summer. It's a sham proposition. It has been statistically shown that weatherization programs will cave enormous amount of electricity and therefor eliminating the need for another plant. Do we give the money to Seminole Electric for utility payments, or do we create jobs for out of work contractors to weatherize homes? This the bottom line. Everyone should contact the DEP of Florida and demand denial of the plant in favor of creating jobs and cutting back on additional pollutants. Tell them to also create new standards for insulating all new construction.

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