Appalachian Stewardship Foundation formed to reduce acid rain and greenhouse gases in West Virginia
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by Newsletter Editor |
A new nonprofit foundation is opening in West Virginia to help mitigate the air pollution effects from coal-fired power plants. The Sierra Club, the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) and Trout Unlimited, filed articles of incorporation for the Appalachian Stewardship Foundation (ASF) on August 5, 2010.
Inaugural Board members at the first meeting of theAppalachian Stewardship Foundation: (from left) Bill DePaulo (Sierra Club), Kathy Harman-Stokes (National Parks Conservation Association), and Larry Harris (Trout Unlimited). The meeting was held in Morgantown on July 23, 2010. Also pictured (right) is Charles Huguenard, Longview’s non-voting representative on ASF’s board.
ASF is a nonprofit corporation created to implement certain provisions of a 2005 settlement of legal appeals filed by the three parties against the Longview power plant, located in Monongalia County.
Longview faced fierce opposition when it was proposed in 2002. The Sierra Club, Trout Unlimited, and NPCA appealed an air pollution permit for the plant. In a settlement reached in 2005, Longview was required to significantly reduce their pollutant emission limits, increase public notification, acquire additional pollution offsets to reduce impacts to Dolly Sods and Otter Creek Wilderness Areas, and make payments for mitigation of acid rain and greenhouse gas pollutants.
By the terms of the settlement, Longview Power, LLC, is required to fund ASF’s CO2 and stream mitigation efforts. Payments of $500,000 per year for ten years and $300,000 per year thereafter, are to be made to ASF upon commencing commercial operations, expected to begin in 2011. Over the next year ASF will accept applications for projects to mitigate the adverse environmental effects of Longview’s coal-fired electric power plant and for other mitigation projects in the region.
As specified in the Settlement, the ASF is controlled by a threemember Board of Directors, with a voting member selected by each of the three environmental groups, and non-voting representatives from Longview. West Virginia’s environmental community owes a huge thank you to the three Board members who have worked over the last two years to establish ASF. Stay tuned as the ASF begins full operations.