I look forward in seeing you all!
Here is the CT Post Article related to this press conference:
NAACP: Close Harbor Station coal plant
NAACP To Announce Campaign to Shut Down Bridgeport Harbor Station
Bridgeport Station ranks #10 most harmful on NAACP environmental justice report
Scot X. Esdaile, NAACP Connecticut State Conference President; Carolyn Vermont, NAACP Greater
The NAACP will hold a press conference to announce a campaign to shut down Bridgeport Harbor Station, which ranks among the most harmful on an NAACP report that rates coal-fired power plants on their “environmental justice performance.”
The report, Coal Blooded: Putting Power before People, ranks 378 coal-fired power plants in the nation based on their Environmental Justice Performance”. The score is based on both toxic emissions and demographic factors – including race, income, and population density. The six million Americans living near coal plants have an average income of $18,400, compared with $21,857 nationwide, and 39% are people of color.
Bridgeport Power Station is situated among the poorest neighborhoods in the second-poorest city in Connecticut. The average income of people who live within one mile of the plant is $11,400, and over 87 percent of them are people of color. The plant is also one mile from six schools.
Pollutants emitted by coal plants have been linked to asthma attacks, lung inflammation, chronic bronchitis, irregular heart conditions, and birth defects. According to the Clean Air Task Force, coal pollution is estimated to cause 13,200 premature deaths and 9,700 hospitalizations per year across the United States.
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
The corner of Keifer and Main Street
South-end of Bridgeport, CT
Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.
Check out this article I found regarding the opacity lawsuit.
Environmental Groups sue seeking shutdown of Bridgeport coal plant
Check here for article: http://www.ctpost.com/local/ar
Bridgeport Harbor Station plant is outdated and lacks modern pollution controls, making it a major source of mercury, soot, smog and global warming pollution.
The plant produced 1.2 million tons of carbon dioxide, 1,264 tons of sulfur dioxide, 838 tons of nitrogen oxides and 26 pounds of mercury in 2008. That pollution threatens the health of our local families every single day.
In fact, The rate of adult and child hospitalizations in Bridgeport resulting from asthma (23-24 per 10,000) is 2 to 2.5 times the rate of the rest of Connecticut (excludes Hartford, New Haven, Waterbury and Stamford).
The rate of visits to the Emergency Room in Bridgeport by all ages caused by asthma (126.7 per 10,000) is 3 times the rate of the rest of Connecticut (excluding Hartford, New Haven, Waterbury and Stamford).
The mortality rates with asthma as the underlying cause in Bridgeport (38 per 1,000,000) is over 3 times the rate of the rest of Connecticut (excluding Hartford, New Haven, Waterbury and Stamford).
Title V Hearing: Bridgeport: More than 150 came out to speak at the Title V Hearing at Bridgeport City Hall Annex on May 14th. PSEG who owns the coal plant in Bridgeport applied for the renewal of the operating permit through the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection known as (DEEP). Through lots of organizing efforts over 1600 people signed a petition supporting the 'Beyond Coal Campaign". People all across the State have been submitting LTE's, phone banking, and canvassing their neighborhoods informing people about the hearing. .
- Coal units in question: reducing O&M, as coal doesn’t run
Mgmt disclosed its coal units had not operated in 1Q, with just 2% capacity factors for hours in which its Hudson coal plant ran as a gas peaking plant (at around an ~11k heat rate). Following FirstEnergy’s formal announcement yesterday—we see this as an emerging trend—running existing coal plants as effectively gas peakers. The company attributed the bulk of its Power cost cutting in the quarter (+$0.04) to lower operating costs particularly at its coal units. We continue to believe its Bridgeport plant in particular is particularly vulnerable to retirement eventually; we see its scrubbed Northern NJ units as viable given the higher PS-North capacity pricing and premium energy pricing. On the subject of coal inventories, mgmt indicated it was using both on- and off-site storage sites—and actively renegotiating its outstanding contracts with its vendors. While the company was able to minimize volumes required units Adaro Indonesian coal contract in 2011, we look for the company to pursue comparable developments on volume domestically.
In addition, last week Forbes Magazine just ranked Bridgeport as the 4th dirtiest places in America.
Here are the 10 dirtiest cities in the nation.
1. Fresno, Calif.
The Fresno-Madera metro area takes the prize for dirtiest city in America. The 500,000 people in this area suffer from being exposed to groundwater polluted by agriculture as well as having the 5th worst year-round particle pollution in the nation, according to the American Lung Association. Sperling Air Quality Index: 1 Sperling Water Quality Index: 22
2. Bakersfield, Calif.
Bakersfield is the oil capital of California, home to some of the oldest and biggest fields in the nation. Emissions from oil and gas processing contributes to Central Valley air pollution that is the worst in the nation. According to the Lung Association, the population of 800,000 is subject to the worst particle pollution in the country and third-worst ozone. Sperling Air Quality Index: 1 Sperling Water Quality Index: 42
3. Philadelphia, Pa.
The Philadelphia - Camden - Wilmington metro area sits on the Delaware River, which has been lined with refineries and chemical plants for decades. The region has 18.5 million lbs a year of toxic releases, according to the EPA, with 7.2 million lbs discharged into the water. Superfund sites include the Franklin Slag Pile and the Martin Aaron site. Sperling Air Quality Index: 22 Sperling Water Quality Index: 12
4. Bridgeport, Conn.
Despite being in one of the nation's richest states, much of Bridgeport remains blighted. For decades the Raymark Industries site manufactured car parts and asbestos and filled in wetlands by dumping toxic waste on them. The EPA has been removing lead, asbestos, arsenic and dioxins for 20 years. Sperling Air Quality Index: 8 Sperling Water Quality Index: 32
5. Modesto, Calif.
Modesto is another polluted city in California's Central Valley. It's 500,000 people have a 15.5% unemployment rate, rank 5th in short-term particle pollution and 11th in ozone. Sperling Air Quality Index: 6 Sperling Water Quality Index 34
6. Riverside, Calif.
The 4.2 million residents of the Riverside-San Bernardino metro area suffer from high levels of ozone. In 2009 the EPA placed on the Superfund list a site the for decades manufactured explosives, rocket motors and fireworks, and which leaked perchlorate and trichloroethylene, destroying drinking water supplies. Sperling Air Quality Index: 1 Sperling Water Quality Index: 49
7. New Haven, Conn.
The 850,000 residents of the New Haven-Milford metro area may enjoy having a top flight school in Yale University, but due to their location at the intersection of I-95 and I-91, their lungs pay the price. Sperling Air Quality Index: 6 Sperling Water Quality Index: 44
8. San Jose, Calif.
You don't equate Silicon Valley with pollution, but the San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara metro area is home to more than a dozen Superfund sites where chipmakers like Fairchild and Intel leaked toxic solvents into the earth. Ozone pollution is also a problem. Sperling Air Quality Index: 13 Sperling Water Quality Index: 30
9. Stockton, Calif.
Stockton summer heat exacerbates ozone levels that rank 23rd in the nation. Population is 650,000. The city has little means to fund environmental initiatives. It has sought to avert bankruptcy by laying off city employees, including a quarter of its police force. Sperling Air Quality Index: 15 Sperling Water Quality Index: 35
10. Milwaukee, Wi.
Decades of heavy industrial development along the Milwaukee River has contributed to significant amounts of PCBs and heavy metals polluting groundwater and draining towards Lake Michigan. The 1.5 million residents of the Milwaukee-Waukesha metro endure air that's ranked 20th for short-term particle pollution. Sperling Air Quality Index: 26 Sperling Water Quality Index: 26