At the meeting, no one spoke against converting Cane Run to gas. Terri Humphrey lives in Riverside Gardens, near the Cane Run plant.
“We urge you to allow them to build this new facility because quite frankly, we are sick to death of coal,” she said. “We’ve had our fill of it, we’re tired of it, there’s too much sickness in our neighborhood from it and we want it to change over to gas.”
But many, like registered nurse Virginia Bush thought the company should do it sooner than the four year timeframe.
“We’ve known since about 1998 that the coal ash small particulate dust that is in these neighborhoods causes heart attacks,” she said. “It causes pulmonary conditions and now the toxins, we know cause birth defects, neurological deficits, cancer.”
Many also urged the PSC to use natural gas as a transition from coal to renewable energy.