Friday February 16, 2018
State should reassess plans in Birdsboro
Why won't Birdsboro Power LLC make public the Phase 1 and Phase 2 environmental site assessments completed in 2016? It is no secret that the site is contaminated. The Wall Street Journal added the site to its Waste Lands: America's Forgotten Nuclear Legacy files in 2013.
Yet five days after an employee was sent to the hospital after puncturing a chlorine gas canister, Birdsboro Power sued the federal government for the cost of the "significant remaining contamination" on the site.
How extensive is the contamination? The public deserves to know. Contamination shouldn't be hidden. The public remains virtually uninformed about the level of contamination on the site of the proposed natural gas power plant in Birdsboro.
Denied this information, the community has been prevented from engaging in the public participation processes in an informed way.
Our elected officials need to require Birdsboro Power LLC to make public the environmental assessments. The state Department of Environmental Protection must reopen the comment periods on all pending permits and certificates so an informed public can engage in the process.
Nancy Roecker Coates
Release information on power plant site