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Wednesday, March 7, 2007 07:22 pm

Clean slate

Sierra Club to survey candidates and hold forum on environmental issues

Untitled Document The Sangamon County Valley Group of the Sierra Club, the organization that pressed city utility officials last year to implement more stringent pollution controls on Springfield’s new power plant, this week mailed questionnaires to individuals vying for mayor and seats on the City Council. On March 27, at the group’s monthly meeting, the Sierra Club will hold a candidates’ forum, during which office seekers will be able to make short presentations with respect to their positions on environmental issues. Mayor Tim Davlin’s administration has been widely criticized for keeping aldermen out of the loop for months while negotiations were taking place, then hastily attempting to pass the contract. The questionnaire aims to gauge the candidates’ commitment to the controversial agreement reached between the Sierra Club and City Water, Light & Power to add conservation programs, lessen toxic emissions from the 200 megawatt coal plant, construction of which is now underway, and purchase 120 megawatts of wind energy. Candidates are also asked whether they would support the use of Sangamon River Valley wells, as opposed to building a second lake to accommodate Springfield’s water needs. Other issues addressed include enhancing bike paths, expanding evening bus service, green building codes, and introducing more fuel-efficient vehicles to the city’s fleet.  According to Sierra Club board member Will Reynolds, mayoral write-in candidates Paul Duiker and Mario Ingoglia will also receive survey forms, as well as invitations to the forum.
Contact R.L. Nave at rnave@illinoistimes.com
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