July 16 events will encourage stronger EPA regulation
(Milwaukee, WI) – A new national NAACP report, “Coal Blooded: Putting Profits over People”, identifies six Wisconsin coal-fired power plants as “top environmental justice offenders” and significantly harmful to low-income communities and communities of color. Valley Power Plant in Milwaukee comes in as the fourth-most-harmful offender in the nation. On Saturday, July 16th, national, state and local NAACP leaders will release the report, hear local testimonials, and encourage action at a teach-in and Town Hall Meeting at the NAACP Milwaukee Branch office. Milwaukee is the latest stop on the NAACP’s national teach-in series of states with the worst-ranked plants. “Coal Blooded” analyzes toxic emissions and demographic factors – including race, income, and population density – to calculate “environmental justice scores” for the nation’s 431 coal-fired power plants. The plants that receive “D+” or worse in Wisconsin are Valley (Milwaukee, F); Pulliam (Green Bay, F); Blount Street (Madison, F); Edgewater (Sheboygan, F), Pleasant Prairie (Pleasant Prairie, D+); and Milwaukee County (Milwaukee, D+). For an embargoed copy of the report, please contact Ben Wrobel at email@example.com. “Milwaukee provides an egregious example of a nationwide issue – coal power plants that are disproportionately located in low-income communities and communities of color,” stated NAACP Director of Climate Justice Programs Jacqueline Patterson. “ The July 16th events are intended to educate the community and encourage residents to submit comments on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new Mercury and Air Toxics standards, which will limit toxic power plants emissions. NAACP leaders will encourage residents to submit comments through an online form, http://action.naacp.org/page/speakout/mercury. “Valley Power Plant and other coal plants across the state pose a serious health risk for our families and our communities,” stated NAACP Milwaukee Branch President James Hall. ““I hope that the injustices laid out in this report, and the testimonials that we will hear on Saturday, inspire residents living in the shadow of these plants to speak out.” Schedule of Milwaukee events: 10:00 am–1:00 pm – Teach-In, strategy session, lunch – training for NAACP members (NAACP Milwaukee Branch Office, 2745 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Dr.) 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Milwaukee Town Hall Meeting – release of report; testimonials from affected residents; film screening (Branch office) Valley Power Plant is located about one mile southwest of downtown Milwaukee, wedged between the predominantly African-American Avenues West neighborhood to the north, and the predominantly Latino neighborhood of Walker’s Point to the south. The 209,421 residents living within three miles of the plant have an average income of just $12,852 (60.4% of the state average), and 66.0% are people of color. According to the Clean Air Task Force, fine particle pollution from the plant leads to an estimated 26 deaths, 42 heart attacks and 450 asthma attacks each year.
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