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Press Event in Houston: Study Predicts More Unhealthy Air for Houstonians if Proposed White Stallion Coal Plant Built

Things are gaining momentum in Houston.  The results of a pollution study are in, conducted by Dr. Tammy Thompson, postdoctoral associate from the MIT Joint Program for the Science and Policy of Global Change.

This report studied how the pollution from White Stallion Energy Station will make it even harder for Houston to have clean air, and how residents with lung disease will have one more source of breathing problems.  Even those without lung disease are at risk, since coal is a dirty source of energy and leaves its mark in our air.

Texas Sierra Club will have a press conference detailing the findings of the report, at Houston City Hall on Tuesday, July 19, 10:00 a.m. We’re very excited to have Council Member Gonzalez, Council Member Jones, Dr. Thompson and Dr. Stuart Abramson, M.D., as speakers.

Everyone is invited and urged to come out and show their support in our fight against coal, which destroys ecosystems, water systems, and threatens our right to clean air.  Houston already has a bad reputation for dirty air, and simply cannot make room for another source of air pollution.  Join us on Tuesday, July 19th, 10am at Houston City Hall- look for the HUGE inflatable inhaler!

WHAT:        Sierra Club releases a report titled, “White Stallion’s potential impact on Houston Air Quality” at a PRESS CONFERENCE

WHO:  Houston Vice Mayor Pro Tem, City Council Member Ed Gonzalez

Houston City Council Member Jolanda “Jo” Jones

Dr. Tammy M Thompson, MIT Joint Program for the Science and Policy of Global Change

Dr. Stuart Abramson, member of The Leadership Council for the American Lung Association of the Plains-Gulf Region, Houston area,board-certified allergist/immunologist and asthma specialist

Lydia Avila, Conservation Organizer, Sierra Club Beyond Coal Campaign

WHEN:                    Tuesday, July 19, 10:00 AM

WHERE:   Hermann Square Reflection Pool, 901 Bagby, Houston, TX 77002, Houston City

Email kat.m.herrera@gmail.com for more information!

Houston City Council Members Support White Stallion Fight.

White Stallion is a proposed coal fired power plant that would be located in Bay City. Residents of Houston are taking notice because they would experience the negative effects being the closest large city. Houston Mayor Annise Parker wrote a letter to the US Army Corps of Engineers asking them to not grant White Stallion the necessary 404 permit until they perform a thorough Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). White Stallion claims that they don’t need to perform an EIS. It is very important for them to perform an EIS so we have all the facts and know how dumping out multiple harmful chemicals will effect the environment around the plant. 

There have been five members of the Houston City Council who have joined Mayor Parker by writing letters to the US Army Corps of Engineers asking that an Environmental Impact Statement be done. The following City Council Members have written these letters: Jolanda Jones (At Large 5), Ed Gonzalez of District H, James Rodriguez of District I, Stephen Costello (At Large 1), and Melissa Noriega (At Large 3). We would like to thank these City Counsel Members and urge you to do that same.

Ways That You Can Take Action

  • ·You can join Mayor Parker and the City Counsel members by writing a letter to the US Army Corps of Engineers asking them not to grant the 404 Permit.
  • ·If you don’t see the name of your City Counsel Member ask them to join their colleagues by writing a letter the US Army Corps of Engineers against granting White Stallion a 404 Permit.
  • ·Sign up to volunteer for White Clouds NOT White Stallion because every volunteer can make a difference. Please email Kat Herrera at kat.m.herrera@gmail.com if you can help out.
– Sean Wicks, Sierra Club Beyond Coal Intern

Houston simply cannot afford a new source of air pollution.

According to the American Lung Association, Houston has one of the poorest air qualities in the nation. It’s no secret that Houston has refineries next door to neighborhoods along the ship channel. Within these communities, entire families live and their children go to school breathing air ridden with all kinds of pollutants.  The ALA estimates there to be more than 96,000 children at risk for pediatric asthma, based on recent census data. Could this be because Harris County has such unhealthy air? The ALA gave Harris County an “F” grading, based on annual average ozone levels.

Businesses and refineries that emit pollutants in the Houston area have rarely stayed under the EPA limit, if at all.  In neighboring Matagorda County the potential for air pollution emitted by the proposed White Stallion coal-fired power plant will make it harder still for Houston to achieve clean air.  If this coal-fired power plant is allowed to become fully operational, the quality of air in Houston will have even more difficulty staying under federal limits.

In a health impact study conducted by MSB Energy Associates on the proposed White Stallion coal plant, emissions could add more than 400 cases of chronic bronchitis.  This pollution may exacerbate the asthma of about 13,000 who already live with the condition. The most chilling effect is that there will be 630 deaths directly attributed to the pollutants emitted by this coal plant. This could be the death of a parent, a caretaker, or a child.

Another startling number to look at is the health care costs of such a plant.  Although the plant will provide funding to Bay City’s schools, the total estimated cost of health care due to air pollutants is more than $5 billion!  Already in hard times, we as Texans simply cannot afford a new coal plant.

Houstonians, please contact Mayor Parker and urge her to continue her support for clean air.  Tell our mayor that we can’t afford a new coal plant, to say NO to White Stallion.

– Kat Herrera, Beyond Coal Intern

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Kat at kat.m.herrera@gmail.com.