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Letter: Prioritize community health

By Laurie Kerr, Battle Ground
Published: December 10, 2021, 6:00am

I am writing regarding the draft Clean Energy Transformation Act, also known as CETA. I am fully behind a transition to 100 percent clean energy and support the phasing out the River Road Generating Plant.

By conserving energy beyond what Clark Public Utilities is currently proposing, committing to local renewable energy sources, and exploring all possible cost-effective alternatives to RRGP, we can and must achieve 100 percent clean energy. This accomplishment can be done by further reducing the peak demand. I realize this comes at a price; however, the long-term impact to our health and environment is of greater importance than the benefit of the continued operation of the River Road Generating Plant. The plant is located near communities of color, thus exacerbating health disparities such as asthma. As a chronic sufferer of asthma, I can testify regarding the problems air quality has had on my own health.

I am ever grateful for the diligent work of Clark Public Utilities and of the willingness to listen to members of the public on this important issue. In finding solutions, I urge our Clark County utilities to consider the health and environmental aspects of this decision rather than just the economic value. We must diminish our dependence on projects such as the River Road Generating Plant and prioritize the health and safety of our community in Clark County.

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