WHEREAS asthma is a significant public health problem, both nationally and in the Roanoke Valley, with over 6 million children nationally being affected by the disease;
AND WHEREAS asthma is the leading cause of school absenteeism in the country;
AND WHEREAS fine particulate matter and ozone pollution serve as triggers for existing asthma sufferers, as well as precursors for other cardiovascular and other health problems; and particulate pollutants from coal products lead to the development of the immunological response of inflammation and bronchoconstriction which are the main features of pulmonary disorders, with over 28 million people in the country affected by COPD and asthma;
AND WHEREAS coal-fired power plants provide 88% of the electricity consumed in our region and directly contribute about 50% of the particle pollution in the Roanoke Valley, and indirectly but significantly contribute to ozone through the generation of Nitrous Oxides (NOx), a precursor pollutant;
AND WHEREAS wind energy is one of a number of technologies that can transition the region away from electricity generated from coal and towards energy from clean, non-polluting sources;
AND WHEREAS Invenergy, Inc.’s proposed 15 to 18-turbine wind farm on Poor Mountain is projected to generate enough electricity to offset the equivalent of 20,000 cars being removed from the road;
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that we, the Greater Roanoke Valley Asthma and Air Quality Coalition (GRVAAQC), do hereby support the proposal by Invenergy, Inc., to build a 15 to 18 turbine wind farm on Poor Mountain in Roanoke County. The GRVAAQC’s support for this project is contingent on the proposal meeting all other appropriate regulatory and environmental reviews, including those by the FAA, EPA, Virginia DEQ, and others as required by law. The GRVAAQC believes that appropriately sited wind is an effective and important strategy to improve public health in the Roanoke Valley region. Wind power can reduce the demand for, and emissions from, electricity generated by coal that have a direct impact on lung health for children and adults and is an important step in improving the health of everyone in the Roanoke region.
Jeremy Holmes, President; 9/14/10