For Immediate Release
Philadelphia, PA – Yesterday, City Councilwoman Cindy Bass released a statement critical of SEPTA’s plan to build a gas-fired power plant in Nicetown. Councilwoman Bass acknowledged the history of harms perpetrated by SEPTA in the Nicetown community, and spoke of the serious health impacts that building this fracked gas plant would have on the neighborhood, which is already overburdened with high rates of childhood asthma. Community and environmental groups have been calling on Bass to use her power to stop the construction of the plant.
Food & Water Watch organizer Sam Rubin released the following statement:
"In speaking out against this plan, Councilwoman Cindy Bass is championing the health and wellbeing of her constituents in Northwest Philadelphia. We applaud Councilwoman Bass for suggesting she could protect her constituents from this plant through rezoning the proposed site, a solution residents throughout her district have been voicing for several months.
"Councilwoman Bass should use her authority here by acting immediately to rezone the site."