This is your final chance to tell Utah Division of Air Quality people what you think of Sevier Power Company and their proposal for a 580 MW power plant near Sigurd, Ut.
Time and Place: Thursday, May 31, 6:00PM in the Sevier County Administration Building, 250 N Main, Richfield.
We have heard many of you say “I don’t know what to say.” For you, we have drafted a number of short speeches that can just be read into the record at the hearing. They will be on hand at the entrance door Thursday.
Our primary objections to the permit are:
- The proposed site is within 1-3/4 miles of 183 homes.
- We are in an enclosed valley , surrounded by mountains, forming a bowl to trap pollutants
- There has never been an “air quality study” performed in the valley to establish a baseline
- We have as many inversions in Sevier Valley as you do along the Wasatch front
- We now have nearly 800 residents on supplemental oxygen – all in a population of just 20,000
- We still suffer a very high cancer rate as a result of the “downwinder” exposure 50 years ago
- PM 2.5 and PM 10 will be blown north directly into Utah County, already a non-attainment area
- This would be a merchant plant – supplying power to someone out of state – leaving the air pollution for us to consume
- The plant would needlessly consume pollution increments that might be better allocated elsewhere
The closing date for sending written comments to UDAQ is June 7.
Your comments and protests must focus on the content of the Intent to Approve (ITA) which, in turn, is focused on the Notice of Intent (NOI) originally submitted by SPC. You may access the SPC application at http://www.airquality.utah.gov/Permits Scroll down to “Intents to Approve out for public comment”. Find Sevier Power, open and read it.