To Redfieid Power Plant Proposal Public Response Said 'Meager' LITTLE ROCK ( A P ) -- A proposal to construe! an $850 million coal-Iired power plant n Jefferson County has Prompted a "meager" response ,rom the public while provoking considerable controversy between environmental 'groups Jnd the electric ixuver industry. Arkansas Power Â· Light Co. is seeking a certificate of environmental compatahilily so thai it can construct' the proposed White Bluff power plant on the banks ot the Ar- sansas River near Redfieid. The showdown between APL and the environmentalists will begin nt 9:30 a.m. M o n d a y when the state Public Service C o m m i s s i o n opens public icarings on the proposal. The three-man PSC will iecidc whether to grant Ihe :erlificale of environmental :ompatabilily. The decision is not expected any time soon. The PSC must consider stacks of information from almost 30 witnesses who filed testimony. "I guess we're talking about months before a decision is marie." said Edward W. Davis, executive director of the PSC. "But I know the commission will definitely move as fast as it can." Davis estimated that the public hearing would take at least 10 f u l l hearing da vs. and the hearing easily could last longer. I'UBMC RESPONSE Concerning response which Ihe PSC has gotten from the public about the proposal. Davis said. "It's been relatively minor for something t h a t gels this much publicity. It's meager." Davis said the PSC had Â·cceived 10 letters from persons who seemed to favor the proposal and another three or four from persons who opposed [it for environmental reasons. The plant, if constructed, would be the largest 3,21)0 net megawatts coal-fired power plant in the country. One issue at the hearing probably will be between the Air Division staff of the state Department of Pollution Control and Ecology and the utility over protecting Arkansas' stringent M-minute standard for conccn trillions of sulphur dioxide emitted by the power plant. Some of the consultants hired by APL hav etestificd that if the plant operated within national primary and secondary ambient air quality standards, as promised, its emissions should do no h a r m to h u m a n beings, vegetation and crops. Dr. Michael D. Williams of Santa Fe. N.M., a witness for the state Planning Department, said last fall that the proposed plant would exceed the state's 30-minute standard up to 10 times even though the utility Mtt f*m MTIQMM. WfeU, UM. 0*t. tl 6MM0WM Weather Forecast C ih CtC i '7""' the Eastern f- a ' es , 8n , 1 f n r lhe so"" 1 *TM tin of Florida. The rest of 'he nation should have sunny skies. (AP Wirephoto) then said It would not. Later, It was learned that APL's cons u l t a n t had been incorrect and that Williams was more nearly correct. TOUGH STANDARD Arkansas' 30-minute standard is tougher than the EPA's primary and secondary standards. The former standard was adopted to protect health, while the latter was Intended to pro tect the general welfare. Williams also has contended that federal standards are inadequate at this time in preventing any possible damage to health or welfare. Another issue is whether APL should be required to in- slall scrubbers on the proposed plant. Scrubbing is a technique of putting gases from burning coal through a -material to absorb sulphur dioxide before it can be emitted into the atmosphere. Dr. Williams and the Health Dcpatment are among witnesses who have insisted that APL should inslall scrubbers to remove most of the sulphur dioxide from emissions. APL, however, has contended that the pollution controls it now plans are the only economically feasible and reliable system for the proposed plant. The utility proposes to burn only special low-sulfur coal and to build four 750-foot smokestacks so that the smoke would be scattered over a greater area. But the Health Department said the gas still would be h a r m f u l to human health. APL also proposes to use a system, that, it said, would permit the proposed plant to be operated within state standards at all limes. This system would involve monitoring the concentration of sulfur dioxide around lhe stacks so that if the concentration approached the limit, Lhe production level could be reduced. Southall said, though, that this sytem was too slow to guarantee that the utate standards never would be exceeded. 0. V. Holeman of Little Rock APt.'s rate director, testified that scrubbers would cost $285 million to install and $98 million a year for operation, m a i n t e n a n c e a n d finance charges, thus increasing utility customers' bills. Arkansas Community Organizations for Reform Now challenged the cost estimates and said scrubbers could be purchased for $75.6 million less t h a n APL's figure. Arts, Crafts Festival Set At Springdale SPRINGDALE -- The Arts Center of the Ozarks will sponsor its first annual invitational Arts and Crafts Festival all day Saturday and Sunday, June 22 and June 23, at its east lawn on Grove Avenue. Thirty artists and craftsmen have been invited to display and sell their works. A wide variety of artistic forms will be represented, including the graphic arts, p o t t e r y , decoupage, batik, weaving, handmade knives, wire sculpture, and woodcarving. Among those expected to exhibit are the Wallace family of fort Smith, Paul Wallace sculpts in wire; his wife. Norene, does decoulpage, and their daughter, Arine. paints. Also displaying paintings will be Ginger Henry, Sherma Cockrill and Beverly Keifer. Many of the productions from the Art Center's May batik workshop will be exhibited. Janet Baker, a potter, will show her work. The woodcarving of George Gray, jewelry by John Ayers of Eureka Springs, weaving from the Eagle Crest Shop, and John Kirk's handmade knives will be shown. Admission is free. 12A Â· NorrtiwÂ«t Arkanuc TIMES, Sunday, Jim. 16, 1974 : EAY1TTEVILLE, AITKAMlAi ' ,. NEWS WHILE IT IS NEWS INlfOMES Beginning Sunday, June 16 Lowell telephone numbers change Starting Sunday, June 16, ail Lowell telephone numbers change. The number change is necessary Â·in connection with a service expansion and improvement program for these customers. New Lowell telephone numbers you can dial toll- free begin with a 770 prefix, followed by four other digits. However, the entire telephone number changes. 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