Letters to the Editor

Saturday, Feb 16 2013 10:00 PM

Coal plant a bad idea in a region with dirty air

By The Bakersfield Californian

I am bothered to learn that the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District has issued a preliminary air permit to SCS Energy for a coal power plant in Kern County near Buttonwillow called Hydrogen Energy California, or HECA.

Having the dirtiest air quality in the nation, it should be unthinkable to permit a plant that will be using 300 trucks a day of coal to fuel it. The emissions, including mercury, will only make our air quality worse. The immediate effects might not be noticeable, but what will the effects be over the next 10 years?

If more people knew of this, more people would be against it.

James Hernandez

Bakersfield

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