Join 350 Philadelphial, Neighbors Against the Gas Plants, The Center for Returning Citizens - TCRC in Philly, and allies from across the region as we appeal the air permit for SEPTA's proposed Nicetown gas plant. Help us pack the room for this second and final appeal hearing!
>>When: The hearing begins at 12pm. We can't be sure how long it will last, but we expect it to run at least 2 hours. Feel free to join any time and to leave whenever you need to.
>>Where: 1515 Arch Street, 18th floor (Please bring a photo ID so that you can sign in.)
>>What: This is the second part of the hearing before the L&I Review Board that began in April. Community leaders, expert witnesses, and our attorney will present arguments and evidence. We will call for the permit that the City awarded for the gas plant to be canceled. And we’ll press for a full examination of health and environmental impacts that have been ignored or underestimated, as well as complete assessment of alternatives.
>>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 350philadelphia.org/septa.
>>Donations welcome! If you can contribute to our legal fund to help cover the fees for our attorney and expert witnesses, a donation of any size would be greatly appreciated . Visit: https://actionnetwork.org/fundraising/legal-fees-for-appealing-ams-decision
>>Questions? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more than 2 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. (Read more about the appeal that Jondhi submitted with support from 350 Philly.)
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.
On April 17, 2018, the Licenses and Inspections Review Board held a preliminary hearing about our appeal. We testified in support of the appeal, and lawyers for SEPTA at the City defended the permit. Now a second (and final) hearing has been scheduled for June 12th. We hope you can be there to support those of us who are testifying!