Target: Chairman Robert Stein, Connecticut Siting Council
Goal: Save the health of residents and the quality of air and water from a proposed natural gas power plant.
Human health and air quality are at great risk from the proposal to build a massive natural gas power plant. Homes will be less than a mile away from the plant’s deadly emissions. Thousands of gallons of water will be consumed per day from the dirty operation. The time is now for public comment on this important issue. Take action now to protect air, water, and the well-being of local residents.
The Connecticut Siting Council is in charge of the big decision to permit an 805-acre natural gas power plant in Waterbury, Connecticut. The land was approved for the operation of a power plant back in 1999. However, Competitive Power Ventures, the company hoping to run the operation, wants to double the approved size of the plant. This plant, known as the Towantic Hill Power Plant, will be one of the biggest fossil fuel power plants in the state, boasting two 150-foot-tall smokestacks and six acres of water condensation units.
The existence of this power plant is worrisome for the citizens of Connecticut. The state had pledged to get 20 percent of its energy through renewable sources by 2020, however, the operation of this plant does not help to meet this progressive goal. The plant would support the destructive fracking industry and emit harmful emissions, and is expected to consume 80 million cubic feet of natural gas and 58,000 gallons of water per day. The plant’s operation would put a huge strain on the area’s aquifer and emit over 50 tons of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) into the atmosphere per year. Residents within a 10-mile radius could suffer from asthma, cancer, heart problems, and other respiratory issues.
This natural gas power plant has the potential to destroy the surrounding air and water quality, while also putting local residents’ health at risk. By signing this petition, you are urging the Chairman of the Connecticut Siting Council to deny Competitive Power Ventures’ plan to build this polluting plant.
Dear Chairman Stein,
The Towantic Hill Power Plant is not a good idea for Connecticut. The state needs to commit to renewable sources of energy, not a polluting and water-wasting natural gas power plant. Competitive Power Ventures’ proposed operation will consume 80 million cubic feet of natural gas and use 58,000 gallons of water per day. The plant will support the invasive fracking industry as well as put a strain on the area’s freshwater aquifer.
If approved, the plant will become one of Connecticut’s largest fossil fuel powered plants, emitting harmful volatile organic compounds into the atmosphere. Nearby citizens could suffer from asthma, heart conditions, and other respiratory issues because of this dirty air. Connecticut needs to invest in renewable energy for a clean and healthy future. I urge you to please protect the health of Connecticut’s residents and deny the request to operate this natural gas power plant.
[Your Name Here]
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