Utilities Commission to hold public meetings on converting coal power plants to natural gas

The Public Utilities Commission will hold two public meetings to receive feedback on the Metro Emissions Reduction Project (MERP) proposal to convert the Riverside and Highbridge coal power plants to natural gas. The MERP plan has the potential to dramatically reduce particulate air pollution that has been linked to asthma and regional haze and greatly reduce the mercury and CO2 emissions from the plants. The public is invited to attend the two MERP meetings scheduled at the following locations:

September 3, 7 p.m.
Armory in NE Minneapolis
1025 Broadway St.

September 17, 7 p.m.
Urban League in North Minneapolis
2100 Plymouth Ave.

Mayor R.T. Rybak and City Council President Paul Ostrow will each attend one of the two hearings. September 17 is the final date to speak on the issue before the PUC makes their ruling.

For more information, contact Susan MacKenzie, Public Utilities Commission, at 651-296-8994, or Justin Eibenholzl, SE Como Neighborhood Improvement Association, 612-676-1731 or seacomo@seacomo.org.

Published Aug 25, 2003