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Plan to Modernize TEP Power Plant in Tucson will Produce More Air Pollution

TEP's Sundt generating station on Irvington Road in Tucson.

TEP’s Sundt generating station on Irvington Road on Tucson’s south side.

Tucson Electric Power is proposing to modernize the Sundt Generating Station  at 4120 E Irvington Rd. in Tucson by replacing two 1950’s era steam units with 10 natural gas-fired combustion engines. The purpose of the new engines is to ramp up more quickly and to balance the variability associated with solar and wind energy generation. But all that ramping spouts more pollution into the air than the current steam units.

TEP claims that these units are part of a larger goal for 30% renewable energy by 2030, but gas-fired engines should not be equated with clean, renewable power from wind and solar. The Reciprocating Internal Combustion Engine (“RICE”) units are fossil-fuel based generating units that would create significant greenhouse gas emissions.

According to the Pima County Department of Environmental Quality, the project expects to cause an increase in emissions of carbon monoxide, particulate matter (fine particles PM2.5 and coarse particles PM10) and volatile organic compounds.

Over a third of carbon dioxide emissions in the US are from power plants.
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PACC’s Santa Adoption Party on Dec. 9 and 10

Meet your new best friend at PACC’s Santa Adoption Party Dec. 9-10

Santa Claus will be onsite posing for family photos and handing out gifts

photo courtesy of PACC

 PIMA COUNTY – “Find the perfect holiday gift for you and your family at Pima Animal Care Center, 4000 N. Silverbell Road, during the third annual Santa Adoption Party happening from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 9-10.

Generous support from Tucson Electric Power and PACC’s nonprofit partner, the Friends of PACC, has made this event possible for third consecutive year. This year’s celebration will feature Santa himself who will give gifts to adopters and pose for family portraits, printed free onsite for adopters, and complimentary hot cocoa and cookies for all who attend. Every adoptive family will also leave with a gift for their new best friend, such as treats and toys.

The party also includes $20 adoption fees for all pets. As always, pets adopted will leave the shelter spayed or neutered, vaccinated, micro-chipped, and with a free vet visit, too. An additional $18 licensing fee will apply to adult dogs.

PACC will also have fostering opportunities available for folks not ready to take on a full-time pet commitment. Like adopters, foster parents will get to select the pet they want to take home and, in most cases, they can take them home the same day.

“Our mission this holiday season is to give our pets the opportunity to spend the holidays alongside a loving new family,” said PACC Director Kristen Auerbach. “Give the gift of love – adopt or foster a pet in need.”

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2017 Legislative Wrap Up at T.E.P.

“RSVP Required! Please register at the link provided.

Come join us for a discussion about what happened during the 2017 legislative session and what the next steps are!

You won’t want to miss this informative event during such a crucial year for equality!”

Hosted by Equality Arizona.