Oregonian Letters to the Editor
Sunday, July 5th
In his address to the City Club of Portland, Oregon Attorney General John Kroger gave a progress report on his activities, including the enforcement of existing environmental legislation.
If Kroger is serious about going after environmental offenders, he might start with Portland General Electric. PGE’s coal-fired plant at Boardman is the largest stationary source of air and global warming pollution in Oregon, emitting 5 million tons of carbon dioxide per year.
The Boardman plant also emits significant amounts of mercury, which deposits in water and collects in fish we eat; and smog- and soot-causing sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide, which causes serious respiratory illnesses in humans as well as damaging plants and other wildlife with acid rain.
These emissions also cause degradation of some of Oregon’s wild and scenic places, and they produce haze pollution in the Columbia River Gorge.
The best way to clean up the plant’s emissions is to shut it down. As a ratepayer, I’d like to see my money invested in energy efficiency and renewable energy instead of pouring money into keeping this dinosaur of a plant open for several more years.
ELIZABETH B. KAPLAN