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EcoWatch

Feb 29 '12
On Feb. 29, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Midwest Generation announced the  planned retirement of the Fisk and Crawford coal plants, two of the  oldest and dirtiest coal-fired power plants in the nation located in the  heart of Chicago’s Southwest side. According to an agreement signed by  Midwest Generation, the Clean Power Coalition, and the City of Chicago,  the Fisk coal plant in Pilsen will retire in 2012 and the Crawford coal  plant in Little Village will retire by 2014. As part of the Chicago  Clean Power Coalition, Sierra Club has worked with an incredible group  of local community organizations to retire these coal plants due to the  dangerous health impacts on the families of Chicago.
“Today’s announcement of the retirement of the Fisk and Crawford coal  plants is a triumph for Chicago families,” said Sierra Club’s Executive  Director Michael Brune. “These old and dirty plants have been polluting  two thriving Chicago neighborhoods for over 100 years. The effort to  end pollution from the plants has been an uphill battle for a very long  time. This announcement is the culmination of many years of hard work by  local families and concerned residents in Pilsen and Little Village,  and this victory belongs to them. Pollution from these coal plants has  been making local residents sick since 1903, contributing to asthma  attacks, respiratory illnesses and other health problems. This is giant  leap in our work to move America beyond coal.”
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On Feb. 29, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Midwest Generation announced the planned retirement of the Fisk and Crawford coal plants, two of the oldest and dirtiest coal-fired power plants in the nation located in the heart of Chicago’s Southwest side. According to an agreement signed by Midwest Generation, the Clean Power Coalition, and the City of Chicago, the Fisk coal plant in Pilsen will retire in 2012 and the Crawford coal plant in Little Village will retire by 2014. As part of the Chicago Clean Power Coalition, Sierra Club has worked with an incredible group of local community organizations to retire these coal plants due to the dangerous health impacts on the families of Chicago.

“Today’s announcement of the retirement of the Fisk and Crawford coal plants is a triumph for Chicago families,” said Sierra Club’s Executive Director Michael Brune. “These old and dirty plants have been polluting two thriving Chicago neighborhoods for over 100 years. The effort to end pollution from the plants has been an uphill battle for a very long time. This announcement is the culmination of many years of hard work by local families and concerned residents in Pilsen and Little Village, and this victory belongs to them. Pollution from these coal plants has been making local residents sick since 1903, contributing to asthma attacks, respiratory illnesses and other health problems. This is giant leap in our work to move America beyond coal.”

To read more, click here.