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Comment Today on Puget Sound Energy’s Long-Range Energy Plan

What does Puget Sound Energy (PSE), a utility in Washington State, have to do with clean air and water in Montana? PSE is the single largest owner of the Colstrip coal-fired power plant, importing dirty coal-fired power from Montana to the Seattle metropolitan area. PSE has put out a long-range plan that says it will continue to burn coal for at least another 20 years. Right now, the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) has invited the public to comment on PSE’s plan, and we have a chance to persuade them to choose clean energy!

Please send in your comment to encourage Washington’s regulators to consider the enormous environmental and public health costs of importing coal-fired power from Montana.

The Colstrip coal-fired power plant was originally built in the 1970’s and 1980’s, and there are serious environmental and public health problems associated with this aging facility that should be taken into consideration. Colstrip’s toxic sludge impoundments have been leaking and contaminating the underlying aquifer for decades and impact the water quality and agriculture of the area. Colstrip is also in dire need of modernizing its antiquated pollution control technology to protect the public’s health from dangerous air pollutants.

Montana has an abundance of clean and renewable energy that creates good jobs for our state. Puget Sound Energy should consider investing in Montana’s affordable and clean energy. For example, Montana has an abundance of wind that would complement Washington’s wind energy production. This is because Montana’s wind is the strongest when the wind in Washington slows. This balance could help utilities like PSE incorporate more wind into its energy supply.

Please send a comment today, and ask that the UTC take into consideration the environmental and public health costs associated with Colstrip and to encourage investment in affordable, clean, and renewable energy sources!

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