Residents voice concerns about El Paso Electric power plant
POSTED: Saturday, March 9, 2013 - 7:41pm
UPDATED: Monday, March 11, 2013 - 9:10am
EL PASO — We heard more voices of concern about the proposed El Paso Electric Power Plant in Montana Vista.
On Saturday, County Commissioner Vince Perez met with residents in that area to listen. He represents their district.
Many are afraid that building the power plant will cause heavy air pollution and damage their health. Others said it will damage the value of their homes and their quality of life.
El Paso Electric insists the natural gas power plant is necessary to meet the east side's growing demand for power. It said natural gas is the cleanest type of fossil fuel and emissions will be low.
Perez said it's a frustrating issue.
"Understandably, many residents are concerned about having a power plant in their backyard. It doesn't seem like a very wise place to put this power plant that’s located right next to over 20 fuel tankers but part of the frustration as a county commissioner is that we have absolutely no zoning authority in these types of situations," said Perez.
A group of residents is fighting against El Paso Electric in court. On May 1, both sides will present their arguments to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. Then, the TCEQ will decide to approve or disapprove permits for the power plant.