Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2021-06-08 23:58:16 –
West Newton, PA (KDKA) — Elizabeth Township residents are enthusiastic about promoting gas-fired power plants.
The Allegheny County Health Department held a hearing on the proposed plant on Tuesday. Townspeople are worried about their lifestyle as the plant passes by.
“It’s less than a third of us,” said Kathy Anderson of Elizabeth Township.
She fears there may be a power plant near the backyard.
“We’re most afraid of air pollution, which I think is number one for everyone in the area,” Anderson said.
Chicago-based Invenergy is proposing to build a 639-megawatt natural gas-fired power plant along the Eugiogeny River. The factory will be built on 91 acres of land adjacent to the Great Allegheny Passage Trail.
The community has been fighting this proposal for years. The factory was initially set up in a different location.
The Allegheny County Health Department will review Tuesday’s comments and decide whether to grant air permits to gas-fired power plants.
“We are worried about not only air pollution, but also noise and lighting. Once they put it in, we can’t remove the bell. It’s either now or never,” said Township. Resident Karen Howell said.
Ted Grice said the proposed plant is a new source of pollution in areas with poor air quality.
“We are in an F-rated location in Allegheny County,” Grice said. “It’s scary for air quality.”
Joan Hall feels that the power plant will have a negative impact on the economic future of trail towns like West Newton and Starsville.
“The Great Allegheny Passage Trail and the river are revitalizing here,” said Hall, who lives in West Newton. “The future of our economy depends on recreation. It does not depend on the fossil fuel industry.”
Allegheny County said it was too early to present a timeline for the permit process.
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