Friday, September 7, 2007

Dates for EIS Scoping Meetings Set - Plan to Attend!

Federal law requires the preparation of an environmental impact statement (EIS) before construction of the Santee Cooper's proposed Pee Dee Coal Plant can be built. The EIS is required by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and will be conducted by a consultant employed by Santee Cooper.

While this is one of many permit processes required before the project can move forward, this is an especially important stage because the EIS requires a thorough analysis of alternatives to the proposed project.

Two "scoping" meetings will be held in Conway and Florence, respectively, later this month. These meetings help determine how thorough the EIS will end up being. It is very important, for example, that the consultants are requested to explore ALL alternatives to the present proposal and that specific alternatives are explicitly proposed at these meetings. The more thorough the EIS ends up being, the more useful a tool it will be for those considering issuing a permit. For instance, the EIS may end up indicating that the proposed coal plant is NOT the right project for Florence County.

These scoping meetings are THE chance for the public to make sure the EIS is as thorough as possible.

Folks concerned about Santee Cooper's plans for a 1200 megawatt coal plant in Florence County should plan to attend one of these meetings:

Tuesday, September 25, 2007
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Coastal Carolina University
Conway, SC

in the Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts - “Recital Hall”

Thursday, September 27, 2007
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
South Florence High School
3200 South Irby Street
Florence, SC
in the Commons Area and the Auditorium

In addition, a website has been established for the EIS process; check it frequently to monitor this complicated process:

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