Chuck Frank of The Sierra Club Foundation Board attended the Chicago EPA hearing on September 16:
“At the hearing, industry representatives were far outnumbered and read impassioned prepared statements. Private citizens spoke emotionally of personal and community tragedies from groundwater and airborne pollution, which has caused heartbreaking health issues for them and their families and also has despoiled family farms as the soil was destroyed. Not only did this ruin their family business, livelihood, and way of life, but pollution has also destroyed their land values in an already-depressed market.
I believe that if the electricity produced were priced with the real costs to society it would be more than that of clean alternatives, and we would see green alternatives grow substantially in a competitive environment. Let the free market reign, but let’s do it with fully-costed alternatives. In the process, we’d produce lots of new jobs here in the USA.”