Plans for the proposed Big Stone II coal plant near Milbank, South Dakota call for using massive amounts of water. In addition to the 3.2 billion gallon surface draw approved last year, co-owners have now filed for another 3.2 billion gallons from groundwater. With concerns about pollution growing and spiraling costs for the proposed coal plant, excessive water demands add another reason to say no to Big Stone II. This huge demand for water could be disastrous for the local area and farmers - as well as Big Stone Lake. For many years, water discharge has exceeded recharge, and experts say that previous underground water levels are not likely to return because of increased demand on a limited resource.
Otter Tail Power Company, in conjunction with several other power companies, is proposing a major new source of air and water pollution for South Dakota and Minnesota. Otter Tail plans to more than double the output of the existing coalburning power plant at Big Stone by building a new $1.6 billion plant on the same site . Big Stone II. Coal pollution is a threat to our health and environment. Investing in a costly new coal-burning power plant wastes money and takes South Dakota away from safe, clean renewable energy from wind.
Toxic Coal Pollution
What are Perfluorochemicals (PFCs)?
PFCs were made by the 3M Company in Cottage Grove and in several other communities around the world. These chemicals were used in household and industrial products such as stain repellents, lubricants, fire retardants, fire suppressants and pesticides. Two of the most common uses of PFCs found in the home are the products Teflon and Scotchguard. Three types of PFCs have contaminated East Metro water systems, as well as Lake Calhoun and other metro area lakes. They are perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS), perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorobutanoic acid (PFBA).1
Why is there concern about PFCs?