Newark residents, members oppose power plant
Delaware chapter members and residents of the City of Newark are jointly opposing a power plant that has been planned for more than a year. The chapter first learned about this project when we were invited to a meeting by The Data Centers LLC on June 6, 2013, where we were asked to endorse the project. Once we became aware of the scale of this project, its proximity to nearby neighborhoods and schools, and the anticipated levels of pollution, we began to organize with family members and neighbors to oppose the power plant. Learn more at NoNewarkPowerPlant.org
The power plant is a high risk to air quality: New Castle County has already received failing grades for its air quality from the American Lung Association's State of the Air Report for 2013, and we are in non-attainment of the Clean Air Act for ozone.
This project is a back room deal: there has been a lack of transparency and citizen oversight about this project. The City of Newark became the “public sponsor” for the project without disclosing that to the residents or elected officials. If The Data Centers LLC didn't approach the Sierra Club about the project, the public and Newark City Council would likely still be kept in the dark.
This project is too close to neighborhoods: Newark is one of the highest density residential areas in the state, with many schools, parks and homes near the site.
Natural gas is a fossil fuel that releases hazardous air pollution when combusted, especially in the large quantities needed for this power plant. These include:
- Nitrogen Oxides (cause ozone, asthma trigger)
- Carbon Monoxide
- Sulfur Dioxides
- Particle Pollution
- Volatile Organic Compounds
- Sulfuric Acid Mist
- Hazardous Air Pollutants
- Carbon Dioxide (greenhouse gas)