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:
Welcome Pullman and Honouliuli National Monuments to the National Park System!
President Obama recently designated Pullman and Honouliuli National Monuments as the next sites to be managed by the National Park Service. Send a message to the president thanking him for preserving our American heritage through these sites.
Congress: Please Restore Park Funding for 2016
The Park Service proposed budget for next year makes a much-needed investment in our country's most treasured natural and historical places. Urge your members of Congress to support the requested funding increase for national parks in Fiscal Year 2016.
Tell EPA: Protect our Lungs and Parks from Air Pollution!
The U.S. EPA is currently accepting comments on its proposed standards for ozone pollution. Tell the EPA it must lower ozone pollution to the level its science advisors say is necessary to fully protect human health and our environment.
Say Thanks and Tell the EPA to Finalize "Exceptional Protections" for Alaska Salmon!
This summer, the EPA announced that "Bristol Bay's exceptional fisheries deserve exceptional protections." Tell the EPA to protect Bristol Bay's clean water and wild salmon.
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.