Residents sound off against new power plant

Power plant coming to Buttonwillow area

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - What was supposed to be an informative meeting over a proposed hydrogen plant turned out to be a heated debate between people from Buttonwillow and the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District.

The plant is a joint venture between several companies including BP Alternative Energy.

Hydrogen Energy California plans to build a power plant that would take coal and petroleum and convert them into hydrogen and carbon dioxide.

Residents said the valley's air will only get worse because the air district will allow HECA to buy mitigation offsets.

Officials for the coal plant have said it will dramatically reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

The air district found that the project did meet all air regulations and approved the project earlier this year.

The project will be given $350M in federal stimulus money.

HECA plans to start construction in June.

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