Ted Williams's Blog Archive December, 2011

Audubon and Sierra Club Win Major Environmental Benefits for Arkansas in Turk Settlement

Deal Retires Dirty Texas Coal Plant, Boosts Clean Energy, and Funds Land Conservation

LITTLE ROCK, ARDecember 22, 2011Audubon and Sierra Club today announced a legal settlement with Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO), a subsidiary of American Electric Power (AEP), that phases out Welsh 2, a dirty coal plant upwind of Arkansas in Northeastern Texas, provides hundreds of megawatts of new clean energy for the region, secures $10 million for land conservation and energy-efficiency advocacy, and limits development of additional plants and transmission lines. The settlement brings to an end a four-year high-profile public battle over the construction of the Turk coal-fired power plant in Southwest Arkansas.

Thank you, Mr. Presiden, for setting strong standards to limit mercury and other toxic air pollution

I just left Children's Hospital in Washington, D.C., where I watched EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson make one of the most important public health announcements in the history of EPA.

The Obama administration has set the first-ever national standards for mercury and other toxic air pollution for power plants. These historic new health standards will save lives, prevent illnesses like asthma and bronchitis, avoid hospitalizations and missed days at work, and create jobs in pollution control technology.