Published in The Times-Tribune, Scranton, Pa.: November 27, 2015
Editor: I am one of the local union tradesmen who would be involved in the construction and future maintenance at the proposed Invenergy power plant in Jessup. After attending most of the meetings about this project, I see the same people with no knowledge or experience in the daily operation of combined-cycle plants spreading unfounded fears to their neighbors.
Since 1986, I have spent much time working at coal-fired, as well as natural gas-fired, power plants in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. One of the plants I frequent uses six gas turbines and three steam turbines, which is twice as many as Invenergy’s proposal for Jessup. It’s been running cleanly and quietly for decades. In fact, none of the plants I have worked at in my career have ever had an incident.
Because efficiency directly affects profits, the latest clean-burning technology will be in place in Jessup. I spend months at a time in these facilities and from experience, I can tell you that they are extremely clean and safe.
MILLWRIGHT LOCAL 2237