There are 15 item(s) tagged with the keyword "EPA".
- Displaying: 11 - 15 of 15
- 11. Gilbert Watch Welcomes Contributing Editor, Patrick O'Malley
Patrick O'Malley is the newest member of the Gilbert Watch editorial team, and we are honored that he has joined us.
Patrick is an electrical engineer with 40 years experience, mostly with Motorola and Freescale Semiconductor, as a design and application engineer. He holds four patents. He chose to emphasize time over money and retired early to grow citrus, get a license to operate public drinking water systems, and study water and the environment. His previous political experience was limited to serving on the Board of a small irrigation district. The overwhelming conservative win in the 2010 elections followed by the disappointing lack of change in government policies convinced him it was time to stop complaining and get actively involved. Patrick is a Republican Precinct Committeeman in Legislative District 12, and serves as its Treasurer.
Patrick has written the following articles of serious interest to all Arizona's citizens:Click here to read more
- 12. The War on Coal: Take Action!
by Patrick O'Malley
Precinct Committeeman LD12
On October 21 we talked about the EPA’s War on Coal and the power plants they are targeting in Arizona. The Sierra Club is bragging that they’ve closed down 150 coal power plants since 2010, and they want to make the Navajo Generating Station (NGS) in Page, AZ number 151. That’s the plant that supplies 90% of the electricity used to operate the Central Arizona Project (CAP) canal.Click here to read more
Those of us outside of the Page area won’t be part of the economic disaster that will take place in the Navajo Nation if NGS is shut down. They are the ones who will lose good paying jobs at the power plant and the coal mine. But everyone in Arizona will be affected, because, long term, somebody will have to pay to replace a perfectly good power plant with decades of life left in it. And that will be all of us paying more for electricity and water.
There are two EPA issues coming up right away that affect coal fired power plants in Arizona. The first is carbon capture with a deadline for the public to comment by November 8. You can comment by email.
- 13. Rep. Paul Gosar Rallies Thousands to Fight for Energy Jobs
The issue of jobs in Arizona is critical, as Patrick O'Malley has explained in two articles: The War on Coal, and The War on Coal: Take Action. Mr. O'Malley also illustrates the devastating effect that the EPA's actions will have on raising the cost of water and electricity to all Arizonans. Under the Obama Administration, the EPA has taken charge over our lives. We no longer have a well behaved Rottweiler under control in our household. The Rottweiler has taken control.
As you can see from this press release issued by Republican Congressman Paul Gosar, he's helping us fight off the EPA's belligerance. But he cannot do it alone! Patrick O'Malley has provided two sample emails that you can send to the EPA, copying him, so he can physically and publicly hand them to the EPA at the hearing on November 14. The carbon letter must be emailed by Nov. 8. The NOx letter must be emailed by Nov. 14. Please copy Patrick O'Malley on both of these emailed letters. His email address is email@example.com.Click here to read more
- 14. The War on Coal
by Patrick O’Malley
Precinct Committeeman (LD12)
The war on coal is not over and writing your Congressman is not enough. Obama’s EPA is fighting this war for him, and so far they’ve managed to keep the issue out of Congress by using new EPA rules and executive orders.
The prime target in Arizona is the Navajo Generating Station (NGS) in Page which generates 90% of the electricity used by the Central Arizona Project (CAP). CAP is the major water supplier for Tucson and all the cities in the Phoenix area, plus all the farms in between. Mohave power plant is already gone; shutting it down made more sense than complying with new EPA regulations. Coronado, Cholla, and Apache power plants are also targeted.
The owners of NGS recently revealed their grand plan to comply with EPA demands without spending a billion dollars. They will shut down part of the plant, so they don’t produce as much pollution. They won’t produce as much electricity either, but that’s somebody else’s problem.Click here to read more
- 15. Is Power from the Navajo Generating Station too Costly for CAP?
by Patrick O'Malley
Central Arizona Project (CAP) provides Maricopa, Pinal, and Pima counties with 1.5 million acre feet of water every year. Navajo Generating Station (NGS) is the major source of electrical power to CAP, and electricity is CAP’s biggest operating expense. NGS continues to be one of the biggest problems facing CAP.
The EPA Wants $1.1 Billion in Pollution Controls
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) wants NGS to add additional pollution controls with a price tag of $1.1 billion. A letter of understanding by the Directors of the EPA, the Department of the Interior, and the Department of Energy in January gave NGS more time to study the issue, but it’s not likely to change the answer. All three of those Directors at the EPA have since resigned, so it’s not up to them anymore.
Recently Rep. Matt Salmon sent a letter to the EPA asking them to take into account the economic impact on Arizona of additional pollution controls at NGS for negligible air quality improvement. The EPA has been known to take economic issues into account in the past. But will they do it for a coal fired power plant?
Navajo Tribal Council Wants 15 Times More in Lease Payments
Plus, there’s a new problem for NGS. The Navajo Generating Station is located on Navajo Nation land, and the coal it burns comes from a mine on Navajo land. Both the lease and the coal mining agreement are up for renegotiation.Click here to read more