GreenLaw Urges the EPA to Revise Plant Wansley’s Title V Operating Permit

GreenLaw cites clean air and public health concerns in petition filing

Citing clean air and public health concerns, Wednesday GreenLaw filed a petition with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), urging the agency to revise the Title V Operating Permit for Southern Power’s Wansley Steam-Electric Generating Plant in Heard County, Ga.  The petition filing is on behalf of Fall-Line Alliance for Clean Environment, Ogeechee Riverkeeper, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy and the Sierra Club.

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GreenLaw Urges the EPA to Revise Plant Wansley’s
Title V Operating Permit

GreenLaw cites clean air and public health concerns in petition filing
 
September 6, 2012 (ATLANTA) – Citing clean air and public health concerns, Wednesday GreenLaw filed a petition with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), urging the agency to revise the Title V Operating Permit for Southern Power’s Wansley Steam-Electric Generating Plant in Heard County, Ga.  The petition filing is on behalf of Fall-Line Alliance for Clean Environment, Ogeechee Riverkeeper, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy and the Sierra Club.
 
In July 2012, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) renewed Plant Wansley’s Title V Operating Permit, allowing the plant to issue air pollution.  GreenLaw argues the permit should be revised on the following grounds:
  1. The permit doesn’t require adequate stack testing for particulate matter.  These small particles are carried in the air Georgian’s breathe, contributing to asthma and other respiratory illnesses.
  2. The permit doesn’t adequately address hazardous air pollutants (HAP), such as mercury and arsenic (click here for a full list of HAPs).
  3. The permit doesn’t include best management practices for fugitive dust from coal.  This airborne dust contributes to smog and haze, and can even be carried across state lines.
  4. The permit doesn’t require Plant Wansley to sufficiently monitor sulfur dioxide (SO2) during start up and shut down periods.  According to the EPA, “SO2 is linked with a number of adverse effects on the respiratory system.” 
Recently, the Natural Resources Defense Council named Georgia one of the “Top 20 Toxic States,” due to air emissions from power plants. Further, the Georgia Department of Public Health states that 12 percent of Georgia’s children suffer from asthma, which is directly correlated to toxic air pollution.
 
“Today, we urge the EPA to object and require EPD to make changes to Plant Wansley’s Title V Operating Permit in order to reduce pollution that that affects respiratory illnesses,” said Ashten Bailey, staff attorney at GreenLaw.  “With the health of Georgians at stake, Plant Wansley should be forced to operate in a safe and conscientious manner.”
 
Click here for a copy of today’s petition filing.
 
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