What's worse? The Environmental Assessment Statement (EAS) fails to fully identify the potential and real adverse effects from the proposed plant on the surrounding community and on communities of color in particular.
The EAS also fails to discuss mitigation efforts on vulnerable populations in the neighboring community or to prevent damage to the potentially high volume of historical and cultural artifacts and sites found within the proposed property.
In its filings to the Louisiana Public Service Company, Magnolia Power has represented that it intends to co-burn hydrogen at the new power plant. LDEQ’s proposed air permit, however, does not mention or evaluate the impacts of additional hydrogen infrastructure. Specifically, hydrogen can corrode existing gas pipeline infrastructure and the permit does not evaluate the potential for pipeline leaks or accidental releases. Moreover, hydrogen produced by burning fossil fuels can itself increase pollution.
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