Archive for Tuesday, January 21, 1992

BALDWIN COUNCIL OBJECTS TO EPA PLAN ON ACID RAIN

January 21, 1992

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— Regulations proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency regarding acid rain pose potentially drastic ramifications for small communities that generate electricity, according to a letter from the Kansas Municipal Energy Agency to Baldwin city officials.

Gilbert Hanson, KMEA general manager, wrote that the EPA published proposed regulations in the Federal Register in December regarding "Acid Rain Program: Permits, Allowance System, Continuous Emissions Monitoring and Excess Emissions." The notice provides for a comment period ending Feb. 3.

Hanson said the regulations would have a greater impact on small generating systems than on large systems because communities with a major electric department budget can more easily accommodate incremental cost increases.

He also pointed out that small communities generate only a portion of their electrical needs and purchase the rest from large neighboring utilities. He urged EPA to modify the proposed regulations to take into consideration the concerns of small communities.

THE BALDWIN City Council agreed Monday to endorse the KMEA's position through letters to Kansas representatives in Congress and to the EPA, Kansas Municipal Utilities and American Public Power Assn., said Rick Shain, city administrator.

The proposed regulations would have an adverse impact on Baldwin's ability to operate the city electric plant, Shain said.

"It probably would have the effect of making it financially impossible for us to replace any of our units," he said.

For example, Hanson said, installing a new generating unit would cost the city about $40,000 per year to monitor emissions as required under the proposed regulations.

IN OTHER business at Monday's council meeting, members:

Decided to seek additional information from Dutoit Construction, the Olathe firm hired to build the new Baldwin City Library, regarding the $1,193 cost for removal of unsuitable soil at the southwest corner of the building site.

Agreed to purchase water line and materials for about $13,200 from WPC Mid-America, of Independence, Mo.

Approved a 3 percent cost-of-living adjustment for city employees for 1992 starting with the pay period that ends Saturday.

Authorized the purchase of a chipper and one-ton truck through a lease-purchase agreement up to $20,000.

Announced that a hearing is set for 10:30 a.m. Feb. 20 in the Kansas Court of Appeals on the city's September 1990 order condemning a house at 319 11th St., which is owned by Eugene Brown Sr. and Elizabeth Brown.

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