Wednesday January 3, 2018
Ever since I heard of plans to build a power plant on the old Armorcast site in the center of Birdsboro, I have felt sad that this community first was given a dump and now may get a natural gas power plant with all the problems associated with it.
I know of residents who will only be a few hundred feet from this plant. It will have all-night bright lights, constant humming noise and increased risk of lung and cardiac issues due to the particulate matter that will be released into the air, according to Berks Gas Truth.
To make matter worse, analyses have shown significant remaining contaminations of PCBs, asbestos, calcium carbide and other hazardous substances at the site. And this site is in a flood plain.
Is this location a power plant site or Superfund site? It seems more and more that it is the latter.
A worker was seriously injured Nov. 16 upon accidentally puncturing a chlorine gas tank.
Once again, regulators have acted too quickly to approve yet another project without doing the due diligence necessary. Berks Gas Truth is asking legislators to please step in and call on the Department of Environmental Protection not to award the final permits.
Why are we still relying on decades-old methods of energy production when clean, safe methods such as wind and solar are now available? It makes no sense to me.
Leaders should fight plan for power plant