Letters Needed by Aug. 14 – Pass it On!

The Public Service Commission (PSC) posted a notice that the deadline to respond to Mattawoman Energy’s proposal to amend their CPCN permit is Aug. 14 and letters from as many people as possible would be helpful. Go to this web page to submit your response. You will need this information: Case No. 9330

Here are some examples of letters already sent to PSC posted on their site. Specific examples here:

Information you can include in your letter:

  • This is not a minor change as stated in the application to amend the CPCN permit; it is a major change as the permit was made in 2015 and since then climate change got worse such as we’ve had record-breaking weather events in the state, the state banned fracking (and gas is likely to come from fracking – from other states), & the state approved a plan to go to 50% renewable electricity by 2030; and the plant’s changes include building a larger building to house an air-cooler (fan) that will emit noise and be closer to Brandywine Road.
  • They did not meet deadlines in the existing CPCN permit, so it should be expired. (Specific conditions are mentioned in Mike Fluharty’s comments available on the PSC Docket)
  • Dewatering will still need to be done on their property, so deadlines should stand.
  • Questions can be asked, though answers will come as part of the response to our letters instead of before, though there’s a process to further respond if we sign on as a person of record.
  • What kind of turbine? Steam? Where the they getting water? Will they be processing waste water and trucking out solid wastes (even though less than previously proposed – we were not informed they’re going to be a waste treatment plant)?
  • Will the vibrations from air coolers create radio frequencies that interfere with AAFB facility which is adjacent to plant?
  • Lack of mentioning Climate Change and building fossil fuel plants seems to make PSC, a state agency that represents the state, climate deniers. (PSC will probably not be intimidated by this in our replies, but could be a good point to the press. Commissioners do what the laws tell them, so we need to make a law for PSC to consider climate change in their decisions – Sierra Club is working on that with others in the state.)
  • We’re trying to reduce fossil fuel plants & gas pollutes and produces carbon as coal plants do – it’s too late now – it would have been better 20 yrs. ago.
  • It will use fracked gas, which is banned here.
  • They said it was “base load”, not “peak demand” like the North Keys and Panda plants, which means it’ll operate 24X7 instead of as needed, so more noise emissions, etc.
  • Gas leaks require compressor stations which release pressure and have emissions – Where will theirs be? Will enough emissions be release to prevent leaks? How much emissions will there be to our already highly polluted air?
  • EPA environmental justice civil rights agreement was signed by Jason M. Stanek, the person we’re writing our letters to at PSC, which was to include the local people in the process, though notices were not sent to the local residents and the posted sign could not be seen by passers by on the street (though technically they were not required by law to do it).
  • No one attended the public meeting to speak in favor of the plant (18 spoke against it)
  • A power plant next to Brandywine Road is not in keeping with the Brandywine Revitalization Plan which tax dollars have helped put together and is in process.

Letters to the Editor would also be helpful: The Washington Post, Baltimore Sun, Prince George’s Post (email to pgpost@gmail.com), Prince George’s Sentinel (email pg@thesentinel.com), Maryland Independent, or any other local papers for the state of Maryland, DC area, Prince George’s County, or southern Maryland.

AND signing this petition might help, too.

Please spread the word!

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