Very interesting story in the Las Vegas Sun today about a proposed coal power plant in White Pine County. The National Park Service has written a strongly worded letter saying the proposed plant could ruin The Great Basin National Park thanks to the “tons of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide emitted” could acidify lakes (killing cutthroat trout), damage the aquatic food chain, and harm trees causing deforestation and forest fires.
If the power plant developer wants to be situated near a national park, “it should assume a burden of protecting the resources in that park from the effects of its operations,” the Park Service said in an unsigned report. “That may mean ‘going the extra mile’ to employ advanced … pollution control technology. If (the builder) is not willing to do so, it should consider an alternate location.”
I think if I lived in White Pine County I’d feel a little under attack these days what with the park-killing coal power plant proposals and the Southern Nevada water grab. It suddenly feels like a dangerous time to live in the rural part of Nevada. Everything is a sacrificial lamb for progress elsewhere. But at what cost?