Still, environmental concerns exist. And must be dealt with.
To that end, Delegate Terry Kilgore (R-Lee County) gives voice in this morning's Bristol Herald-Courier to that which many of us believe and hold dear:
Newspaper is wrong about coal-burning power plantThanks, Terry. Couldn't have said it better myself.
On June 4, 2006, the editorial staff [of the Herald-Courier] wrote, "... Naysayers doubt any coal-fired power plant can be a good neighbor or a rational solution to the nation’s energy needs. They are wrong. … Dominion’s planned Virginia City power plant must meet all of these [environmental] strictures. If it does not, the federal government will not
issue the required permits. It’s play by the rules or no plant."
The editorial continued, "This heavy regulation is an important safeguard for Wise County and rest of the region. No one wants to see the region’s air choked with smog or its mountains leveled, even in exchange for jobs and heady boost to the tax base. Fortunately, the power plant project doesn’t require such a trade-off."
I couldn’t agree more with that assessment; it was true then and now. To get a permit, it will have to pass federal and state regulators.
If this project is approved by regulators, it will be one of the cleanest coal-fired facilities in the United States. Dominion officials, from the bottom to the top, have assured me and others in the delegation that this facility will meet or exceed National Ambient Air Quality Standards and Prevention of Significant Deterioration of Air Quality limits under the Clean Air Act. It is important to note that these standards include protections on public health – the health of sensitive populations such as asthmatics, children and the elderly.
It is extremely important to note that I live in Southwest Virginia with my wife and kids – I would not want to cause undue harm to them, my constituents or anyone else for that matter. I am 100 percent confident that Dominion will be a responsible company in our region. (link)