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To educate Mr. Link on the actual human cost of allowing this development, I produced a comparison between the need for power in Hamilton versus the negative effects that the plant will have. I printed the document and handed it to each board member at the Hess School Planning Board meeting. Jim Link never even read the document. He took my study to the stage, held it up for the residents in the audience, and stated that such misleading information will not sway his decision. If a man is unwilling to at least read what an expert, trained and educated in the subject matter has to say, does he deserve to be chairmen of the planning board? I think not. Jim, I am reissuing this same information to the public now.


We should consider our need for power and balance that need with all other quality of life issues. Commonwealth should not build a 510 MW power plant in our residential neighborhood because we will pay for the power generation by breathing unsafe air. Commonwealth will generate  enough power to supply peaking power to all of South Jersey three times over. Hamilton will be breathing heavy concentrations of ozone that are already at unsafe levels.

First lets tie down the peaking power demands of our community. Pepco Holding Company, Inc. (Parent of Conectiv) reports the following baseload and peaking load deliveries for all of the Conectiv service territory (basically all of South Jersey).

For the nine months ended September 30, 2004
Conectiv delivered        7,645,000 MW-Hours of power
Nine months =               6,570 Hours
Average MW generated per hour = 1,164 MW

For the three summer months ended September 30, 2004
Conectiv delivered       2,923,000 MW-Hours of power
Three months =        2,190 Hours
Average Summer MW       1,335 MW

During the summer months Conectiv delivers on average 171 MW (1,335MW  - 1,164MW) of peaking power to all of South Jersey. Hamilton Township makes up less than 5 percent of the Conectiv grid. Five percent of the 171 MW of peaking power Conectiv needs is 8.5 MW, not 510 MW. Why should we care how much extra power gets sold to other utilities, in other states? Because every megawatt produces 0.34 pounds of oxides of nitrogen (NOX) every hour. NOX turns into ozone, so lets look at how much more ozone we can stand to breath and remain healthy.

The following table was taken from the Environmental Impact Statement issued by Commonwealth. EPA has air monitors that constantly measure all sorts of airborne contaminants. Two are located within 15 miles from the proposed plant location. They record both the highest ozone in any one hour and also record an eight hour average. EPA considers 0.8 ppm safe over eight hours, but they allow no more than 0.12 in any one hour. Here is where we stand today, without the power plant contribution.

              One Hour One Hour Eight Hour Eight Hour
              Allowable Allowable
Nacote Creek (15 Miles Northeast) .105 (87.5%) .12 .092 (115%) .08
Ancora (15 Miles Northwest)        .117 (97.5%) .12 .104 (130%) .08

Here is the bottom line on why we cannot allow this plant to be built. Our children, elderly and asthmatics can not afford to breath concentrated ozone levels above the levels of ozone already in the air. The biggest peaking gas turbine on the Conectiv grid is 85 MW. Does Hamilton have to breath the ozone generated by a 510 MW peaking power plant capable of supplying the peaking demands of three Conectivs?????????????????????

February 12, 2005       (