National Parks Conservation Association Commends Sen. Reid for Opposing Coal-Fired Power Plants in Nevada

 
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  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date:   July 26, 2007
Contact:   Mark Wenzler, Director of Clean Air Programs, 202-255-9013


National Parks Conservation Association Commends Sen. Reid for Opposing Coal-Fired Power Plants in Nevada

Statement by National Parks Conservation Association Director of Clean Air Programs Mark Wenzler

The National Parks Conservation Association commends Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) for his opposition to two proposed coal-fired power plants near Great Basin National Park.

Coal-fired power plants are the leading source of pollutants that cause acid rain, hazy skies, toxic mercury, and unhealthy air in many of our national parks. They are also the leading industrial emitters of the global warming pollution that threatens all national parks.

The combined air pollution from the 1,500 megawatt Sierra Pacific plant near Ely and the 1,600 megawatt LS Power plant in White Pine county would threaten the ground water, lakes, wildlife and scenic values within Great Basin National Park. The granitic and quartzitic basins occupied by these lakes, combined with their high elevations, leave them with very little capacity to neutralize acidic pollutants that would be emitted by these plants. Native Bonneville Cutthroat trout, along with other aquatic species and wildlife including mountain lions, mule deer, porcupine, rabbits, bighorn sheep, beaver and elk will be negatively impacted by acid precipitation. In addition, the plants would bring increasingly hazy skies to Great Basin, which currently has some of the best air quality of any national park in the country.

According to an NPCA analysis, more than 150 of the 390 parks in the National Park System are located in areas of the country that fail to meet basic healthy air standards.  Air pollution degrades the health, habitat, horizons and heritage protected by national parks throughout the nation. For more information, visit: www.npca.org/turningpoint.

In a recently released report, Unnatural Disaster, NPCA found that the effects of global warming are beginning to be felt in our national parks, and damages will increase dramatically if we fail to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. For more information visit www.npca.org/globalwarming.

Senator Reid is putting the brakes on dirty coal-fired power plants and other polluters now, so that the next generation of Americans will be able to enjoy the natural and historical treasures protected by our national parks.

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