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ensho Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-19-09 10:39 AM
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'The Clunkers of the Power-Plant World'

Old Coal-Fired Facilities Could Escape New Rules

The twin smokestacks of the 85-year-old Crawford Generating Station are a familiar backdrop in the Little Village neighborhood of Chicago. It's a largely Mexican immigrant community where children play in the street, families congregate on stoops and pushcart vendors sell corncobs within blocks of the plant and its large coal pile.

Six miles away in another crowded neighborhood sits a second plant, the Fisk Generating Station, built in 1903.

They are among the nation's fleet of aging coal-fired power plants, a handful of them in the heart of urban areas, including Detroit, Cleveland, Milwaukee and Alexandria, where the Potomac River Generating Station has long stirred controversy.


"Those are the clunkers of the power-plant world," said Brian Urbaszewski, director of environmental health programs for the Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago.


Some environmental groups are urging the Senate to include in its version of the legislation provisions to prevent that. But the legislation passed by the House in late June -- known as the American Clean Energy and Security Act -- mandates a 50 percent carbon reduction by 2025 for new plants, but puts no site-specific carbon-reduction requirements on existing facilities.


"These are two dinosaurs in the middle of a large city," he said. "They should have cleaned up decades ago. Running those plants is inexpensive for the company, but it's very expensive for public health."

dinosaurs all over the country should be closed down - up with good health and down with dinosaurs
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NYC_SKP Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-19-09 10:51 AM
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1. 50% of our electricity from Coal. We have to transition to other sources and soon.
And, of course, these clunkers should be the first to be decommissioned.

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FarCenter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-19-09 10:57 AM
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2. These downtown coal plants should be replace by nuclear plants
New nuclear generation should be done close to the main consumption of electricity to reduce transmission losses.
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