Deadline for this
sign-on letter was Midnight September 16, 2009. It was mailed
on September 17, 2009. Thanks to all who signed.
Link to letter posted on the North
Carolina Utilities Commission docket
BLUE RIDGE ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE LEAGUE
~ PO Box 88 Glendale Springs, North Carolina
28629 ~ Phone (336) 982-2691 ~ Fax (336) 982-2954
Chairman Edward S. Finley, Jr.
North Carolina Utilities Commission
4325 Mail Services Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-4325
September 17, 2009
Re: Docket No. E-100, Sub 113; Delay And
Re-Evaluation of the
Poultry Waste Set-Aside
Dear Chairman Finley:
We write to request a time-out in the Commissions
consideration of electricity from poultry waste. North Carolina
is making tremendous strides in its efforts to develop
alternative energy resources. However, we must emphasize that not
all renewable energy is clean. Poultry waste for example may be
renewable; it is definitely not clean.
As our state moves forward with new fuels and new technologies,
we rely on our regulatory agencies and commissions to adopt
safeguards that will protect human health and the environment.
Those safeguards are not yet in place. A time-out
gives the Commission and the public an opportunity to examine our
options regarding poultry waste as fuel.
The states utilities are questioning the impacts of
excessive cost on the availability of cleaner resources.
Allocating a large percentage of the renewable energy cost cap to
poultry waste would leave a smaller percentage for cleaner
alternatives like wind. Displacing clean energy to support dirty
energy is obviously not in the public interest.
We must also question the impact of pollution on communities near
poultry waste incinerators. They would bear an unfair share of
the pollution burden. Again, there are no rules in place that
consider social justice in the site selection process.
We support renewable energy that is clean, affordable and fair.
As of now, poultry waste promises to be none of these. Instead it
is dirty, expensive, and likely to impact those who can least
afford the consequences of more pollution. The Commission has the
authority to postpone and alter the poultry waste set-aside
requirements if they find that a delay is in the public interest.
We feel that it definitely is.
We urge the Commission to adopt a poultry waste time-out
and make use of the opportunity to consider the implications of
using poultry waste to generate electricity. With the Commissions
support, North Carolina can have both clean energy and a safe
environment for everyone.
Glendale Springs, NC
This letter was also signed by 218 citizens