Aldermen: Close Chicago coal-fired power plants
CHICAGO (AP) – Some Chicago aldermen and others are pushing for the closure of the city's two coal-fired power plants.
In a news release, Alderman Danny Solis says he and others would like to see the Fisk and Crawford plants shut down because they pose serious health risks for neighboring communities.
The plants long have been a source of concern, and in the release, Dr. Ravi Shah of the Doctor's Council of the Service Employees International Union of Illinois says such plants are the single largest generators of greenhouse gases that can cause respiratory problems.
Chicago is the only large U.S. city with two coal-driven power stations within city limits. Various groups have for more than a year pushed for a city ordinance requiring tough pollution controls at the plants.