Letter to the editor | An important public hearing

October 26, 2013 

An event that is extremely important to all environmentally concerned individuals will place Oct. 30 at the State College Area High School South Building auditorium.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection will hold a public hearing to discuss issues that surround the proposed conversion from coal to natural gas of the Penn State West Power Plant on the corner of West College Avenue and Burrowes Road.

Many local residents have raised concerns with the state DEP, including about the net air quality change resulting from the substitution of methane emissions for carbon dioxide emissions and the effect on global warming; the perceived lack of interest on the part of Penn State in using green, sustainable alternative energy sources; the absence of studies on fine particulates and radon that would be generated by the converted plant; and safety and security issues.

The DEP scheduled the public hearing in response to these residents’ comments and a request by the Borough of State College.

Please plan to attend and show your interest in this vitally important environmental issue.

Participants can present a five-minute comment, but those who prefer not to speak are encouraged to attend.

We need to turn out in force to demonstrate to the DEP community interest in the power plant conversion. Representatives of Penn State will make their case for the conversion.

We need to show our interest in and commitment to forward-thinking and environmentally responsible alternatives.

Janet Engeman, State College

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