Help Stop the Proposed Cypress Creek Coal Plant in Hampton Roads!
You did it! You and thousands of others convinced Old Dominion Electric Company (ODEC) to suspend their plans to build a 1,500 megawatt coal-fired power plant in Surry County, Virginia! With your help, NPCA has been fighting this plant for several years. As designed, the Cypress Creek power plant would have been three-times larger than the average coal-fired power plant currently in operation. The plant would have emitted 3,000 tons of nitrogen oxides, over 3,600 tons of sulfur dioxide, 44 pounds of mercury, 1,000 pounds of lead, and many other pollutants into the air. This pollution would increase asthma and heart- related illness in Virginia while contributing to hazy skies over our national parks and mercury in park headwaters. Throughout the process, ODEC could not show that demand even existed in Virginia for a coal plant of this magnitude.
Thanks to you, over 9,000 comments were submitted against the plant and many town and city councils passed resolutions against it. This August, ODEC asked the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to cease the permitting process necessary for the proposed Cypress Creek plant to proceed. We are heartened by this news but remain vigilant as ODEC still owns the land and could decide to revive this plant in the future. Thank you for working alongside us to protect clean air, pristine water and our national parks for our children and grandchildren.
Here are other actions you can take to help protect our national parks:
Tell Secretary Zinke: Monument Review Needs Transparency
Urge Secretary Zinke to consider the breadth of support received during the public comment period on the review of national monuments and maintain equal protections for all sites.
Tell Congress: Reject POTUS Budget for Parks
Ask your members of Congress to reject the president's proposed budget for fiscal year 2018 and instead help parks recover from years of underfunding.
Protect Lake Clark and Bristol Bay from a Massive Mine!
Tell EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt that the clean water of Alaska's Bristol Bay must not be traded for the massive Pebble Mine. Urge him to STOP the mine and protect Bristol Bay and Lake Clark National Park and Preserve!
Tell Interior Secretary Zinke to Enforce Methane Rules
The Interior Department recently finalized rules to control methane waste from oil and gas facilities on public lands, but now they've changed course, delaying implementation of the rules indefinitely. Tell Interior Secretary Zinke to enforce these rules!
Mining: Not Welcome on Yellowstone's Doorstep!
Join NPCA in standing up to protect our nation's first national park by asking the U.S. Department of Interior and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to protect Yellowstone from two adjacent gold mining proposals.
Cosponsor the National Park Service Legacy Act Today!
Ask your lawmakers to cosponsor the bipartisan National Park Service Legacy Act! Urge them to provide our national parks with a dedicated source of money to ensure our children and grandchildren will enjoy America's national parks just as we have!
Support the Land and Water Conservation Fund!
Ask your members of Congress to co-sponsor legislation that fully funds and permanently reauthorizes the Land and Water Conservation Fund, a program that has protected our parks from incompatible development for over 50 years.
Do Not Weaken Rules for Drilling in Parks!
Tell Secretary Zinke that he must keep his promise to protect our parks -- including their air, water and wildlife -- by not rescinding, suspending or revising the National Park Service rules for oil and gas operations.
Help NPCA Protect Theodore Roosevelt National Park
Meridian Energy Group is currently working on getting the necessary permits to build an oil refinery just 3 miles from Theodore Roosevelt National Park! Tell the company's CEO that an oil refinery has no place next to a national park.
Protect Streams, Rivers and Our National Parks with Reasonable Funding for the Chesapeake Bay Program!
Please tell Congress to protect our national parks by ensuring the Chesapeake Bay Program receives reasonable funding of $73 million annually, the amount allocated in years past, to protect the rivers, streams and national parks in the watershed.
Protect Our Great Lakes National Parks and Water Quality with Robust Funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative!
Tell Congress to ensure that the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is fully funded at $300 million annually to protect the Great Lakes and national parks along their shores.
Tell Congress to Preserve and Protect the Antiquities Act!
Urge Congress to support the Antiquities Act, safeguarding America's special places, and oppose any amendments or bills to undermine this important law and the future preservation of and access to our national heritage.