Entergy meets public over park plant
Tommiea P. Jackson
April 20, 2004
Open lines of communication may be one step toward calming the fears of some residents
who fear that the Park Street Entergy plant may cause great danger to Monroe residents
living near the plant.
About 24 residents, Entergy officials and Citizens for Clean Air and Water participated
in a 90-minute discussion about a Feb. 27 fire at the plant and the potential
for future incidents at the facility.
The plant houses dangerous chemicals such as carbon dioxide, asbestos and polychlorinated
biphenyls (PCBs), said Kathryn Lemoine, CCAW member.
Entergy's Sterlington Plant Manager Charles Weatherford said that the chemicals
Lemoine listed are not found in dangerous levels.
Fire extinguishers on the site contain carbon dioxide, Weatherford said. Asbestos
provides insulation and is not airborne. The company, he said, already has plans
to drain transformers containing PCB levels that are barely above limits.
"It is not a requirement," Weatherford said.
Entergy Louisiana-north region manager Kenny Solley, said the plant, which is
not used full-time, does not store hazardous materials on the premises and that
it is "virtually impossible for there to be a catastrophic explosion"
at the plant as a previous CCAW press release alleged.
Jean and Jerry Fields said they do not support the closing of the plant, one of
CCAW's earlier goals.
"Let's face the facts," said Jean Fields, 70. "If it gets that
hot in the summer, we need it. If people don't like it, they can move."
The concerns posed by residents and responses from Entergy representatives were
very helpful, said Elisabeth Grant-Gibson of CCAW.
"All we want is to have input so we know what they are doing."
April 20, 2004