Environmentalists worry about Power Plants in Prince George’s County, file complaints with federal agencies

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BRANDYWINE, Md. -- Plans for a new power plant in Prince George’s County have been approved, bringing another plant to Brandywine.

 

Including the plans for the plant that were most recently approved, there will be five power plants within a 15 mile radius.  Three of those plants will be in Brandywine, within a five mile radius.

 

Some residents and environmental experts banned together to form, Clean Air Prince George’s, a community group against the increased presence of power plants in the Brandywine area.

 

The group took legal action in December and Monday, two other environmental groups filed formal complaints with the Department of Transportation and the Environmental Protection Agency.

 

“If you live in Brandywine you will be polluted for the rest of your life, when you go to school, when you go to the store, when you go to sit in your back yard, there is absolutely no way anybody can escape it,” expressed Ethel Shepard-Powell, Brandywine resident and community group member.

 

A number of residents told DCW50, they did not like the way the plants came to be, they felt voiceless in the process.

 

“We really didn’t have any say, we had some hearings but by the time that was done, it was already a done deal,” said Lillie Skinner, who lives across the street from one of the plants that are under construction.

 

“I was very upset about this, I feel we were kept out of the process,” Joanne Flynn with Clean Air Prince George’s, said.

 

Environmentalist Dr. Henry Cole said three power plants in a five mile radius, are reason for serious concern.

 

The air is already unhealthy and adding more pollutants to it is not the thing you want to do to protect public health and the environment,” Cole said.  “People with asthma should be particularly concerned about this cluster of plants because the plants line up with the wind direction and you’ll have these emissions overlapping so it increases the concentrations to which people are exposed.”

 

Through legal action and formal complaints, the environmental groups are hoping to be able to stop the construction process of the plants.

 

This is a developing story.