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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

It's Time to Quit Coal Chicago

It's Time to Quit Coal Chicago

Greenpeace, USA, May 24, 2011

The morning of May 24, 2011, before dawn, eight Greenpeace activists climbed the 450 foot smokestack at the Fisk power plant in Chicago. They are now staying up there to demand its operator shut down the dirty, dangerous Fisk and Crawford coal plants.

Running for more than 50 years, the Fisk and Crawford plants are among the oldest in the United States. More people, nearly one in four Chicagoans, live in range of these plants than any other coal plant in America.

Coal fired power plants kill between 13,000 and 34,000 people a year from for heart disease, cancer, and respiratory illness. That staggering figure includes 42 Chicagoans impacted by Fisk and Crawford. That’s why the communities surrounding the plants in Pilsen and Little Village, have been working to shut down these plant for years.

Its time its operator, Edison International, respect Chicago’s right to healthy communities and do just that.

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