In order to protect public health, we the undersigned request that the City of Austin (City) acknowledge responsibility as part owner of the Fayette Power Plant (FPP) and exercise its ownership control by phasing out Austin’s use of FPP no later than December 31, 2018.
FPP ranks as one of the top 50 plants in U.S. in mercury emissions (2010), and is one of the top 100 plants in the U.S. for CO2 emissions (2011). The City controls a regional point source of toxic emissions and any decrease in point source air pollution could produce immediate and significant health benefits for children, seniors, and people with chronic respiratory problems throughout the region.
We believe that all Central Texans deserve to breathe clean air. While we appreciate the City’s efforts to upgrade scrubbers for sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions, it is imperative that the plant is not sold, which would likely result in the increased operation of FPP and thereby increased regional pollution.
These health and environmental risks are on us. Our elected Austin City Council needs to act on our efforts to replace this pollution with clean energy.
Shut it down! Use more solar!
I usually come at Fayette from a climate change point of view. But real public health risks have come out of the stacks of Fayette since the 70's and continue today. These health impacts are on us as Austin Energy customers - and shareholders - as long as we continue to run this plant. Morally - it's on our watch.
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