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:
UnBearable: Speak Up for Alaska Wildlife!
The state of Alaska recently filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of the Interior in an attempt to dismantle recently finalized regulations that better protect bears and wolves. Tell Alaska's governor to protect wildlife and withdraw the lawsuit.
Endangered Rangers? Help Us Protect Them!
Take Action! Tell the administration to exempt the Park Service and related agencies from the federal hiring freeze so national parks have the staff and resources they need to protect America's favorite places.
Say No to Oil and Gas Next to Zion National Park
The Bureau of Land Management is considering offering oil and gas leases approximately one mile from Zion National Park. Speak up and tell them no!
Congress Attempting to Promote Drilling in National Parks!
The House of Representatives could soon repeal updates to the safety and enforcement standards for oil and gas drilling in national parks. Tell your representative to oppose any attempt to remove protections related to drilling in national parks.
The Senate Is Voting to Strip Air Quality Protections!
The Senate will soon vote on eliminating requirements to control methane waste from oil and gas facilities on public lands. Contact your senators right now and ask them to VOTE NO on S.J. Res 11!
Tell Ryan Zinke: Protect National Parks
Sign NPCA's petition and join fellow national park supporters in urging Representative Zinke to make national parks a priority for the Trump administration.
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.