Join us for the 9th (and likely final) appeal hearing about SEPTA's polluting gas-fired power plant!
For the past year, 350 Philadelphia, Neighbors Against the Gas Plants, and The Center for Returning Citizens have been advancing a legal challenge to the air permit for the gas plant that SEPTA has built in the Nicetown community. The process has gone on much longer than expected, but we believe this will be the last hearing before we receive a decision in May. We'd like to pack the room one more time to show that opposition to the plant is still strong!
>>When: Tuesday, April 30 -- 12pm to 1:30pm (Feel free to come late or leave early.)
>>Where: 1515 Arch Street, 18th floor
>>What: Three organizations have teamed brought an official challenge against the operating permit that the City of Philadelphia granted for SEPTA's Nicetown gas plant. We’ve called for the City to:
*revoke the permit
*carry out a full examination of health and environmental impacts
and require a full assessment of alternatives
On 4/30, we'll go before the Licenses and Inspections Review Board to finish arguing our case. The City will present one more witness, our attorney will conduct a cross-examination, and both sides will offer closing statements.
For more than 3 years, community residents and organizations dedicated to public health and sustainability have been working to stop SEPTA from building and operating a gas-fired power plant in the Nicetown community. We are also calling on SEPTA to transition quickly to renewable energy.
The 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 gas pollution for 20 years, setting back the transition to renewable energy that we urgently need.
In November 2017, Philadelphia's Air Management Service office (AMS) gave SEPTA a permit that allowed the project to go forward. Soon after, SEPTA began construction.
Two community leaders—Jondhi Harrell, director of The Center for Returning Citizens, and Lynn Robinson, director of Neighbors Against the Gas Plants—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 a transformative 2017 PA Supreme Court decision that upholds Pennsylvanians' “right to clean air”—we believe 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.
For more information, visit 350philadelphia.org/septa.