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– CPS to build new plant
– Fair Trade Coalition settles in SA
– Food Not Bombs relaunches
– Election judges wanted

CPS to build new plant

CPS Energy received an air permit from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, allowing the municipally owned utility to begin construction on Spruce 2, a $1 billion, 750-megawatt coal-fired power plant. There are two similar plants at Lake Calaveras, where Spruce 2 will be built.

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For more than two years, environmental and neighborhood groups fought the plant at public meetings and in court, contending that its emissions of mercury, particulate matter, carbon dioxide, and other pollutants would harm public health and contribute to global warming.

CPS countered that the plant is necessary to meet San Antonio’s growing energy needs.

Activists were able to pressure the utility to increase its supply of renewable energy and amp up its conservation programs.

Fair Trade Coalition settles in SA

The Austin-based Texas Fair Trade Coalition is relocating to San Antonio, where Levi Strauss plants closed in 1999 and 2004 and moved to Mexico.

The coalition, which opposes NAFTA, CAFTA, and other trade agreements that contain inadequate environmental or labor protections, is hosting an open house at its new digs at 1630 E. Houston, Wednesday, February 22, from 5-8 p.m.

Food Not Bombs relaunches

After operating in fits and starts, Food Not Bombs is serving free weekly vegetarian meals again, Thursdays from 5-6 p.m. in Main Plaza, at Commerce and Main streets. To volunteer or for more info, call 882-6501.

The Peace Garden supplied some of the produce for Food Not Bombs, but it stopped last summer because of a lack of volunteers to maintain it. If you’re interested in reviving the community garden, which donated its harvests to several non-profit groups, e-mail [email protected]

Election judges wanted

The Bexar County Democratic Party is seeking election judges to work the March 7 primary. Judges receive six hours of training from the County Elections Administration and earn $7 an hour while polls are open, approximately 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Info: 354-3366

Lisa Sorg


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