Valentines for clean air

Grace Episcopal Church in St. George, Utah is hosting groups opposing the proposed coal fired power plant in nearby Nevada. Among those speaking out is The Rt. Rev. Carolyn Tanner Irish, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Utah. The Salt Lake City Tribune reports:

Clean-air activists and others plan to send hundreds of heart-shaped valentines to the governors of Utah and Nevada urging them to oppose plans for a $1.3 billion coal-fired power plant near Mesquite, Nev.

Students wearing T-shirts emblazoned with “Love your air, stop Toquop” will pass out 250 of the handcrafted valentines at a rally Tuesday at St. George’s Grace Episcopal Church.

Attendees then will jot down their objections to the planned 750-megawatt Toquop plant. Half the hearts will go to Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr.; half will go to Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons.

Plant foe Lin Alder, executive director of Citizens for Dixie’s Future, said former Utah Gov. Olene Walker and Bishop Carolyn Tanner Irish, head of Utah’s Episcopal Diocese, are expected to address the rally.

According to St. George newspaper The Spectrum and Daily News,

The plant is planned for 14 miles northeast of Mesquite, Nev., in Lincoln County, Nev., and has been proposed by Sithe Global Power, LLC Sithe Global Power, LLC, an international development company engaged in the development, construction, acquisition and operation of electric generation facilities in attractive markets around the world.

More on how Utah faith groups are working together on environmental issues here.

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