Dirty, Ancient Coal Plants In Midwest Being Shuttered

After years of community protests, two Midwest utilities announced today they will shutter ten coal-fired power plants by 2015, including two ancient, deadly plants in the heart of Chicago’s Southwest neighborhood. GenOn Energy will deactivate eight old coal plants in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. Midwest Generation, given an ultimatum by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, said it will retire its Fisk power plant in 2012 and Crawford plant in 2014. (The Crawford plant, opened in 1958, is a year older than the mayor.)

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