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Kern County Residents Urge Rejection of Proposed Bakersfield Coal Plant
Sierra Club
BUTTONWILLOW – Local residents took their opposition to the proposed ‘Hydrogen Energy California’ (HECA) coal plant to the public hearings held on September 17 by the California Energy Commission (CEC) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The much-anticipated hearings are a follow up to the recent preliminary assessment on the coal plant that the CEC and the DOE jointly released. The 2,154 page assessment (see PDF) delivered a major blow to the project, highlighting “significant unresolved issues” ranging from concerns about water supply, waste, environmental justice impacts, and the proposed but unproven carbon capture and sequestration technology.

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