Lowell 's L'Energia plant ready to ro...

Lowell 's L'Energia plant ready to roar back to life

There are 7 comments on the Lowell Sun story from Feb 24, 2008, titled Lowell 's L'Energia plant ready to roar back to life. In it, Lowell Sun reports that:

“The turbine that was here when we bought the plant, when we really started to look at it, it was not a reliable piece of equipment, so we're replacing it”

In a few months, an 85-megawatt power plant will come to life again on Tanner Street, powered by a $20 million Rolls Royce natural-gas-fired turbine. via Lowell Sun

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Virginia Michaels

Peabody, MA

#1 May 13, 2008
I'm very concerned about the greenhouse gases that will be emitted. I've got severe asthma and I cannot afford to have the air quality in my neighborhood compromised. My understanding is that this plant may be running 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. I know for a fact that many toxins will be released including carbon dioxide, particulate matter and NOx. They are all especially bad for people with respiratory problems. The permitting requirements were fairly lenient because of the relatively low megawatts compared to some plant, but with the constant running of the plant I have to believe that my health and many other citizen's will suffer. I don't think the Board of Health or the City Council has even bothered to research the true impact on our health and probably don't even have a factual spreadsheet on the number of families or individuals that currently have impaired health due to respiratory difficulties or are recuperating from cancer treatments and other ailments, conditions and diseases. Not only the air pollution is a huge unanswered concern, the fact that flammables will be stored on site is very unsettling. Knowing that greenhouse gases have been one of the main contributors to our global warming situation, and now putting it into our air INTENTIONALLY in this plant as well as the proposed Billerica Energy Center is shocking and should be stopped. Twenty years of this stuff? It doesn't take much intelligence to know that it is a bad thing all around - I don't care how many permits and checkmarks you get from local, state or federal agencies. To impact citizen's health knowingly is deplorable.
Tewksbury Citizen

Lexington, MA

#2 May 13, 2008
So much for the proponent's claims that building "new" more efficient fossil fuel plants will shut down the older ones. Just more propaganda from DG Power.
John

Boston, MA

#3 May 16, 2008
This station is state of the art. Prior to being decomissioned Lowell Power installed one of the first Continuous Emmisions Monitoring Systems when the requirements did not mandate the installation.

This station releases emmisions which are non exsistant as compared to the plants within the North Andover area. Between the two trash plants and the Wyeth plant I would say that the Lowell Station would not bother your asthma considering your backyard has a facility which burns everything we throw out from metals to poisons.

Massachusetts is decommisioning older fossil fuel fired facilities and installing new cleaner burning natural gas and diesel fired facilities.

Your camplaints are understood but one sided. The production of electricity is required and your concerns include flammables? Most companies have flammables storage for diesel, gasoline, etc.

Your nearest gas station will have more diesel and natural gas on hand than these facilities.

I bet you do not complain when you turn your central air, curling iron, hair dryer, plasma tv's and computers on.

You do not want a fossil fuel fired plant in your town? Can we place a nuclear facility in North Andover to take the place of conventional stations?
Boo

Framingham, MA

#4 May 16, 2008
Virginia Michaels wrote:
I'm very concerned about the greenhouse gases that will be emitted. I've got severe asthma and I cannot afford to have the air quality in my neighborhood compromised. My understanding is that this plant may be running 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. I know for a fact that many toxins will be released including carbon dioxide, particulate matter and NOx. They are all especially bad for people with respiratory problems. The permitting requirements were fairly lenient because of the relatively low megawatts compared to some plant, but with the constant running of the plant I have to believe that my health and many other citizen's will suffer. I don't think the Board of Health or the City Council has even bothered to research the true impact on our health and probably don't even have a factual spreadsheet on the number of families or individuals that currently have impaired health due to respiratory difficulties or are recuperating from cancer treatments and other ailments, conditions and diseases. Not only the air pollution is a huge unanswered concern, the fact that flammables will be stored on site is very unsettling. Knowing that greenhouse gases have been one of the main contributors to our global warming situation, and now putting it into our air INTENTIONALLY in this plant as well as the proposed Billerica Energy Center is shocking and should be stopped. Twenty years of this stuff? It doesn't take much intelligence to know that it is a bad thing all around - I don't care how many permits and checkmarks you get from local, state or federal agencies. To impact citizen's health knowingly is deplorable.
When I lived on Cambridge St for a few years I developed breathing problems, air quality around that area sucks. I couldn't figure out if it was pollution from the Lowell connector, the Superfund site on Tanner St, or both. I got better a few months after I moved from there.
Boo

Framingham, MA

#5 May 16, 2008
John wrote:
This station is state of the art. Prior to being decomissioned Lowell Power installed one of the first Continuous Emmisions Monitoring Systems when the requirements did not mandate the installation.
This station releases emmisions which are non exsistant as compared to the plants within the North Andover area. Between the two trash plants and the Wyeth plant I would say that the Lowell Station would not bother your asthma considering your backyard has a facility which burns everything we throw out from metals to poisons.
Massachusetts is decommisioning older fossil fuel fired facilities and installing new cleaner burning natural gas and diesel fired facilities.
Your camplaints are understood but one sided. The production of electricity is required and your concerns include flammables? Most companies have flammables storage for diesel, gasoline, etc.
Your nearest gas station will have more diesel and natural gas on hand than these facilities.
I bet you do not complain when you turn your central air, curling iron, hair dryer, plasma tv's and computers on.
You do not want a fossil fuel fired plant in your town? Can we place a nuclear facility in North Andover to take the place of conventional stations?
Ideal Tape Co. is one of the biggest polluters in the Lowell area. I wouldn't worry too much about this power plant.
bjmooney

New Bedford, MA

#6 May 2, 2011
Virginia Michaels wrote:
I'm very concerned about the greenhouse gases that will be emitted. I've got severe asthma and I cannot afford to have the air quality in my neighborhood compromised. My understanding is that this plant may be running 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. I know for a fact that many toxins will be released including carbon dioxide, particulate matter and NOx. They are all especially bad for people with respiratory problems. The permitting requirements were fairly lenient because of the relatively low megawatts compared to some plant, but with the constant running of the plant I have to believe that my health and many other citizen's will suffer. I don't think the Board of Health or the City Council has even bothered to research the true impact on our health and probably don't even have a factual spreadsheet on the number of families or individuals that currently have impaired health due to respiratory difficulties or are recuperating from cancer treatments and other ailments, conditions and diseases. Not only the air pollution is a huge unanswered concern, the fact that flammables will be stored on site is very unsettling. Knowing that greenhouse gases have been one of the main contributors to our global warming situation, and now putting it into our air INTENTIONALLY in this plant as well as the proposed Billerica Energy Center is shocking and should be stopped. Twenty years of this stuff? It doesn't take much intelligence to know that it is a bad thing all around - I don't care how many permits and checkmarks you get from local, state or federal agencies. To impact citizen's health knowingly is deplorable.
>Clearly you know little about this plant. First off, natural gas is not stored on site, its piped in and is used immediately. Second, natural gas doesnt cause flyash or particulates. Third, global warming is garbage, which is why its called "climate change" these days. Stop being an ignorant pussy. Im sure you still use electricity on a daily basis, even though you cry about how its made.
bjmooney

New Bedford, MA

#7 May 2, 2011
>Clearly you know little about this plant. First off, natural gas is not stored on site, its piped in and is used immediately. Second, natural gas doesnt cause flyash or particulates. Third, global warming is garbage, which is why its called "climate change" these days. Stop being an ignorant pussy. Im sure you still use electricity on a daily basis, even though you cry about how its made.

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