Let's pack the room for the 4th appeal hearing about SEPTA's polluting gas-fired power plant!
Join 350 Philadelphia, Neighbors Against the Gas Plants, and The Center for Returning Citizens - TCRC in Philly as we continue appealing the air permit for the polluting gas-fired plant that SEPTA is building in Nicetown. The appeal process began in the spring, and we've packed the room at three hearings already. Help us fill the room again this time to show that opposition to the plant is strong!
*When: Tuesday, October 16 -- 10am to 2pm
(Note that this month's hearing will begin earlier and last longer than past hearings. Feel free to join any time and to leave whenever you need to.)
*Where: 1515 Arch Street, 18th floor
*What: Three organizations have teamed up to bring an official challenge against the permit granted by the City of Philadelphia’s for SEPTA's gas-fired power plant. We’ve called for the City to revoke the permit, to carry out a full examination of health and environmental impacts, and to require a full assessment of alternatives.
On October 16th, we will appear before the City’s Licenses and Inspections Review Board to argue our case. This is the 4th in a series of hearings that began in the spring. Our witnesses and attorneys will present evidence and arguments, and lawyers and witnesses for the City and SEPTA will defend the permit.
*Why: The Nicetown gas plant would add dangerous pollution to a neighborhood that is already overburdened. The 19140 ZIP code was recently found to have a 31% childhood asthma rate. And the plant would release climate-damaging greenhouse pollution for 20 years, setting back the transition to renewable energy that we urgently need. We are pushing for the City of Philadelphia to protect people’s health and a livable climate by rescinding the permit for the plant. To learn more about the campaign to stop the gas plant, visit http://350philadelphia.org/septa.
*Questions? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are able to come a little earlier, please also join our friends from Sunrise Movement Philadelphia at 9am at City as they deliver letters about the gas plant to Mayor Kenney: https://www.facebook.com/events/699225473774906/.
For more than 2 ½ years, community residents and organizations dedicated to public health and sustainability have been working to stop SEPTA from building a gas-fired power plant in the Nicetown community, while calling on SEPTA to transition quickly to renewable energy. Despite widespread opposition, Philadelphia's Air Management Service office (AMS) gave SEPTA a permit last fall that allows the project to go forward.
Two community leaders—Jondhi Harrell, the director of The Center for Returning Citizens, and Lynn Robinson, Director of Neighbors Against the Gas Plants—have filed official appeals. The appeals argue that pollution from the gas plant would cause additional harm to residents of a community that is already overburdened.
AMS has failed to fully examine the potential health impact of pollution from the plant, and the agency has made several errors. In light of these errors and failures—and the transformative June 2017 PA Supreme Court decision that upholds Pennsylvanians' “right to clean air”—we believe that the permit should be rescinded.
We also believe that the state government and local governments have a constitutional obligation to take action to stop catastrophic climate change. It is essential for regulators like AMS to fully examine the climate impact of proposed fossil fuel power plants.