Clean Air Council ("Council") hereby submits the following comments in response to the Application of Dominion Cove Point LNG, LP (“DCP”) to the Maryland Public Service Commission (“Commission”) for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (“CPCN”) to construct a Generating Station with a Name-Plate Capacity of 130 megawatts (“MW”) at the Dominion Cove Point Liquefied Natural Gas (“LNG”) Terminal in Calvert County, Maryland. The comment period was originally to end March 3, 2014 but was then extended to April 2, 2014.2 These comments are timely submitted.
The West Goshen Township Zoning Hearing Board is holding a public meeting April 3rd 7PM to decide whether to grant Sunoco Logistics a height exemption to build a pumping station at 1261 Boot Road. Please feel free to contact the Council for information on commenting and carpooling to this important zoning board hearing.
Royal Dutch Shell has proposed a new natural gas and chemical processing station in Monaca, PA, outside Pittsburgh. The proposed site is currently held by Horsehead Corporation which owns the inactive zinc smelting facility. The proposed facility, known as a “cracker”, will separate natural gas and chemical feedstocks into different compounds used primarily in the manufacturing of plastics. Increased hydraulic fracturing and natural gas collection has led to increased ethane available for “cracking”.
On January 21, 2014 Clean Air Council attended a Regulation Subcommittee meeting of Allegheny County Air Pollution Control Advisory Committee to present a “No Burn” Model proposal to the committee to consider for revision of its open burning regulations. The suggestion was supported by the American Lung Association in a letter to the committee. Also attending the meeting in support of the model regulation was the Executive Director of Women for a Healthy Environment.
Philadelphia City Council passed the attached solar resolution today, sponsored by Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds-Brown. Outreach Director Matt Walker was in attendance and gave the following testimony is support of the resolution and further action.
Clean Air Council's Delaware Environmental Justice Initiative work focuses on air quality concerns impacting low income communities in South Wilmington. The Council has identified two major issues of concern: odors emanating from Wilmington Organic Recycling Center and implementation and enforcement of Wilmington's fugitive dust ordinance. More information about this work can be found on the Council's Delaware Environmental Justice Intiative website (www.delawareej.org).