While there are many issues in the 112th Legislative District, two are at the forefront of the public mind. On one end of the District, we have the Invenergy/Lackawanna Energy Center power plant being built in Jessup and on the other end we have the Keystone Sanitary Landfill expansion request.
Both have inspired citizen groups to form in an effort to stop or mitigate their effects on our people and the environment. Both Citizens for a Healthy Jessup and Friends of Lackawanna are grass roots organizations facing a well funded opponent.
In the 112th Legislative District, we have a little more than 63,000 people, with about 42,000 of them registered to vote. It includes four school districts – Scranton, Dunmore, Mid Valley and Valley View.
I strongly urge each of you to learn more about these issues. Each one will effect our District for the next 50 or more years and together they pose an unprecedented assault on our environment and our health.
In the first half of the 20th century, our area was ravaged by the coal industry and it’s taken decades to recover. We shouldn’t allow industry to ravage our area again in the 21st century.