Target: Tony Campbell, President and CEO, Eastern Kentucky Power Cooperative
Goal: Celebrate the closing of an outdated, environmentally unsound coal plant
Eastern Kentucky Power Cooperative (EKPC) provides energy to over 500,000 Kentucky households via coal-fueled plants, natural gas-fueled plants, and renewable energy plants. Coal is a cheap, abundant energy source, but it is also incredibly harmful to the environment. EKCP must be applauded for its recent decision to close an outdated coal plant that could not meet public safety standards.
EKPC’s Dale coal plant has been churning out coal energy in Clark County, Kentucky for sixty years. The Dale coal plant generated a lot of energy during that time, but it also impacted its surrounding environment in a severely negative way. Coal, in general, is hazardous to mine, and it harms the environment through massive mountain top removals and through the emission of carbon dioxide, which is a major contributor to global warming. Another problem is the tremendous amount of coal ash that results during the daily processing of coal. Coal ash is full of heavy metals and other contaminants like mercury, lead, boron, and arsenic, and if coal ash is not handled properly these toxic chemicals can seep into waterways. Drinking water contaminated by coal ash can cause minor illnesses, certain cancers, and death. The Dale coal plant had two coal ash waste disposal areas, both near the Kentucky River, which supplies drinking water to hundreds of thousands of Kentuckians.
The main reason, however, for the closure of the Dale coal plant, according to EKCP, was the coal plant’s failure to comply with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS), federal rules that strive to place limits on emissions of toxic pollutants from power plants. The Dale coal plant was so outdated it could not hope to meet these standards. Recently, EKPC built two new coal-fueled plants that are among the cleanest in the country. In this era of transition from old, dirty energy to new, clean energy, EKCP needs to be applauded for its commitment to transition. Sign the petition below to let EKCP know you approve of its transition away from outdated energy practices.
Dear Mr. Campbell,
I was happy to see that Eastern Kentucky Power Cooperative’s Dale coal plant was being deactivated due to its inability to comply with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standards. We are currently living in an era of transition from old, dirty energy to new, clean energy. Coal is cheap and abundant and it still has its place in the world, but, for the sake of the planet and all of us living on it, we need to move towards cleaner, safer energy sources.
In addition to closing the outdated Dale coal plant, Eastern Kentucky Power Cooperative recently built two new coal-fueled plants that are among the cleanest in the country. I am writing to let you know that I appreciate your transition towards cleaner, safer energy production plants. It is a step in the right direction for your company and for all of us.
[Your Name Here]
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