Saturday, February 9, 2008

Mercury Rising on Santee Cooper

Please see more coverage of the Federal Court's decision to nix the Bush Administration mercury regulations, which excused utilities from using the toughest pollution controls, and aided and abetted the mercury crisis in our state, below.

Santee Cooper's Pee Dee coal plant proposal contains no controls specifically designed to protect us from Mercury, despite repeated "claims" in the press that their plant will be the "cleanest in the nation." The Federal Court decision exposes such statements for the shamless falsehoods that they are.

Thankfully, after this court decision, DHEC and Santee Cooper will be forced to go back to the drawing board and figure out how to really control the large amounts of mercury this plant would admit.

In the meantime, we have a nice opportunity to consider whether we need this plant anyway, especially when its being promoted by an agency that appears to have been playing fast and loose with our health.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It is interesting that Santee Cooper wants to build this coal plant just when, around the country, people and utilities are turning away from coal.

We have one of the highest per-capita uses of electricity in SC, and it would seem to be much easier to use efficiency to reduce our demand.