January 22, 2009
By Ian J. Twombly
AOPA continues to oppose efforts to build a powerplant a mile and a half from Hayward Executive Airport, based on the hazard for pilots and airplanes, the association said this week in a letter to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. AOPA has repeatedly expressed its opposition to the powerplant. In the letter, AOPA requested the district deny a permit to the Russell City Energy Center because of the danger posed by thermal exhaust plumes from the proposed plant.
“Any development that threatens the safety of aircraft operations near airports can be considered a threat to the viability of a local airport and the national aviation transportation system,” the association said in its letter. “AOPA strongly suggests you consider the thermal plume impacts of the proposed plant into nearby Hayward Executive Airport, and we again respectfully request that the district not issue the permit for this project.”
AOPA’s two previous letters opposed the plant on similar grounds. This is the second proposed powerplant to be built near Hayward in as many years. With AOPA’s help, the first plant wasn’t granted a permit.
AOPA members are encouraged to send comments on the issue to Mr. Weyman Lee, P.E., Senior Air Quality Engineer, Bay Area Air Quality Management District, 939 Ellis St., San Francisco, CA 94109. For more information, see the public notice.
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