Newsweek revealed their annual rankings of companies from an environmental perspective. AES has received the dubious honor of being ranked No. 15 of the Least Green Companies in America. Yes, that's the very same company that sent residents flyers saying how clean their new plant will be. I sincerely doubt AES will add this accomplishment to their next flyer. The Newsweek assessment:
Despite evidence of an environmental management system, AES has been fined for multiple violations of the U.S. Clean Air and Clean Water Acts in recent years. Additionally, residents of the Dominican Republic allege that AES discharged coal combustion byproducts that led to birth defects in local communities, while the Sao Paulo State Environmental Authorities have accused the company of destroying nearby native vegetation. Despite these allegations, the company discloses little information relating to any programs or targets it may have to mitigate its environmental impact.
Just the kind of neighbor we want, right?
On another note, NoPowerPlant.com announced they will hold a community meeting to address legal issues related to the Power Plant Phase-Out Initiative. They will have a panel of lawyers address the myths and facts about legal issues associated with the rezoning of the power plant property. The public is welcome. The meeting will be on Thursday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m., at the Crowne Plaza Redondo Beach. Hope to see you there!