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Action on coal plants

Environmental and health groups will announce the next step in their campaign to clean up Chicago’s coal plants at a press conference Tuesday morning, 10 a.m., at Dvorak Park, 1119 W Cullerton, in view of Midwest Generation’s Fisk power plant.

Researchers have estimated that nine Midwest Generation plants in Chicago and circling the city are responsible for over 300 deaths, 4,100 ER visits, and 21,500 asthma attacks a year.

Newstips reported in 2004 that the plants have violated air emissions limits thousands of times over recent years; no new pollution-control technology has been added since then, as state and federal regulators have delayed issuing more stringent requirements for plants, which due to their age aren’t fully covered by Clean Air Act standards.

The city has declined to step up as well; an ordinance requiring modern pollution controls on the plants has failed to win mayoral support, and as the Reader noted last week, the city’s climate change plan leaves out the plants, which are the city’s largest industrial source of global warming emissions.

Groups participating in the campaign include the Pilsen Environmental Rights and Reform Organization and Little Village Environmental Justice Organization, along with the Environmental Law and Policy CenterNatural Resources Defense CouncilRespiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago and Sierra Club.

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