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April 3, 2007 > Power Plant plans for Hayward questioned

Power Plant plans for Hayward questioned

I am writing about a matter of grave concern. I am lifetime resident of Hayward, CA. I have been made aware that Hayward may be the location of two new power plants, The Russell City Energy Center and the now proposed Eastshore Energy Center. These power plants will be located very near to each other in West Hayward. We are very concerned about the cumulative effects the pollution from these plants may have on the nearby residents and school children.
The Eastshore Energy Center will be located 1000 feet from the nearest residences, 1800 feet from a high density apartment complex and 1 block from elementary schools, a junior high school, Chabot College, thousands of homes, and some convalescent centers. The Eastshore Energy Center, according to California Energy Commission Data, will emit 68 tons of pm10 particulate matter and 55 tons of Ammonia into our air annually, not to mention acrolein, VOC's and other pollutants. These figures apply to the expected 45% operating capacity.
In order to operate, Eastshore is planning to mitigate their gross pollution violations with the use of "Clean Air Credits". We are concerned that the expected current levels of pollution for Eastshore combined with the additional Russell City plant will pose a great danger to our residents. The use of these "Credits" is alarming to us as it basically allows Hayward to be turned into a dumping ground for these air pollutants. Hayward already has poor air quality and is a non-attainment area for many pollutants. It is intersected by two freeways and now it is slated for multiple power plants in a highly populated area.
For the health and safety of our residents and children, please consider this alarming development. More info can be obtained at http://edengardens.wordpress.com.

Kim Finn
Hayward

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