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Sierra Club Response to Omaha Public Power District North Omaha Plant Extension Announcement

  • Jun 17, 2022
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OMAHA, Nebraska, June 17 (TNStalk) -- The Sierra Club issued the following statement:

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Eight years after committing to the retirement of the coal-fired power generation at North Omaha Station, this week Omaha Public Power District announced a dramatic change of plans to keep the polluting facility operating until at least 2026.

In response, Sierra Club Beyond Coal Organizing Representative Graham Jordison, released the following statement:

"A three-year delay - or more - is unacceptable. The North Omaha community has already endured decades of health and environmental impacts and we know what three more years of burning coal means. That's three more years of increased asthma attacks, heart and lung disease, and premature deaths.

"Three more years of soot, smog, mercury and other toxins. And three more years of climate impacts which will only strain energy and social systems more as extreme weather and climate degradation worsen.

"OPPD announced the retirement of North Omaha in 2014. Eight years is more than enough time to plan for a smooth transition.

"OPPD needs to make a full accounting of the impacts to human health and the environment and plan for a transition that mitigates those impacts and improves on the commitments that they have failed to keep. North Omaha is owed that and so much more."

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Kenneth Gibson on Jun 18, 2022

Utility companies that "bank" on perpetuating harmful practices such as extending the lives of poisonous coal fired power plants, embrittled nuclear reactors, storing natural gas in massive underground spaces fed by leaky pipes all while damaging surrounding and distant communities must be punished. They do not deserve any return on these dead and killing assets. Only safely productive assets should command a rate of return. If they can't invest in safer energy production and delivery, introduce more competition - community owned electric service supported by roof-top solar and nearby wind balanced with local energy storage assets.

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