Two large Midwestern coal-fired electric plants have announced they are closing. This is not only good for residents in the area, but for New England, which is the tailpipe for the country.
From Nation of Change:
Chicago has announced an agreement to close two of the nation’s oldest and dirtiest coal plants. For more than a decade, residents near the Fisk and Crawford coal-fired power plants have complained of the pollution, saying the mercury and carcinogenic particulate matter aggravates asthma and potentially other illnesses. “In my community, the people were afraid,” says Leila Mendez, who lives near the Fisk coal plant and first got involved in community activism after experiencing health ailments. Read more.