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 the U.S. EPA that You Want Cleaner Air for our Southwest National Parks!
Please tell the U.S. EPA to reject Utah's regional haze plan and require the best technology to cut pollution at two of the state's oldest, dirtiest coal plants, thus improving air quality at eight of our national parks in the Southwest.
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.
9 National #ParksInPeril: Take Action!
Nine of our most beloved national parks are in danger from threats within and just outside their borders. Urge the Obama Administration to safeguard these nine parks before permanent damage is done. Stand up for your national parks today!
Restore Clean Air to Our National Parks!
Ask President Obama and EPA to close loopholes that are preventing clean air in our national parks.
Take Action: Fracking Threatens Health of National Parks
If the administration does not establish rules that effectively regulate environmental impacts of fracking, more than 100 of our most treasured national parks may be harmed. Tell the president that fracking must be done in a way that protects our parks.
Our National Parks
Please join the National Parks Conservation Association and send a message to the President and Congress that our national parks matter.